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Top Choice Castle in Kalmar

Kalmar Slott

Fairy-tale turrets, a drawbridge, a foul dungeon and secret passages…yes, Kalmar Slott has everything that a proper castle should. This powerful Renaissance building was once the most important in Sweden, and it’s f…
Top Choice Historic Building in Västervik

Historic Buildings

The tourist office has a town-walking brochure that leads you round the best of Västervik’s beautiful old buildings. St Petri Kyrka is a dramatic mass of spires and buttresses, while the calmer St Gertruds Kyrkan da…
Top Choice Hotel in Kosta

Kosta Boda Art Hotel

As befitting the best hotel in the Glass Kingdom, Kosta Boda Art Hotel showcases inspired glasswork in unusual ways – like a designer glass bar. Each of the 102 rooms also features glasswork and textiles by Kosta Bo…
Top Choice Museum in Eksjö

Eksjö Museum

Award-winning Eksjö Museum tells the town’s story from the 15th century onward. The top floor is devoted to local Albert Engström (1869–1940), renowned for his burlesque, satirical cartoons. Eksjö was once known as …
Top Choice Swedish in Västervik


Located on the same hill as the Unos Torn tower, Saltmagasinet boasts great views and was named the city’s best restaurant for four years running in the White Guide, Sweden’s food bible. It’s also among the top 10 b…
Top Choice Museum in Växjö

Smålands Museum

Among the varied exhibits at Sweden's oldest provincial museum is a truly stunning exhibition about the country’s 500-year-old glass industry, with objects spanning medieval goblets to cutting-edge contemporary scul…
Top Choice Swedish in Växjö

PM & Vänner

A stylish bistro complete with black-and-white tiled floors and wicker chairs, PM & Vänner serves up new-school Swedish flavours with global twists. Local produce sparkles in dishes ranging from grilled cod with…
Top Choice Museum in Kalmar

Kalmar Länsmuseum

The highlight of this fine museum, in an old steam mill by the harbour, are finds from the 17th-century flagship Kronan. The ship exploded and sank just before a battle in 1676, with the loss of almost 800 men. It w…
Top Choice Bakery in Växjö

Bröd & Sovel

Voted the country's best pastry shop in 2014 by Sweden's prestigious foodie bible, the White Guide, this bakery offers a vast array of buttery pastries, creamy cakes, freshly made sandwiches and homemade sweets. At…
Top Choice Museum in Västervik

Västerviks Museum

Displays at this museum, just north of the tourist office, cover the town’s history. You’ll also find Unos Torn, an 18m-high lookout tower with archipelago views, here.