Magic moments by the sea

Kalmar is one of Sweden’s oldest cities, and has received the Europa Nostra award twice for the town’s historical and well-preserved atmosphere: A few minutes’ walk from the cruise pier, 17th-century architecture adorns the downtown area, and a distinct historical ambiance mix with modern art and design. Stroll about and meet the people at the city’s many outdoor cafés and restaurants, in the beautiful city park or in the charming Krusenstiernska garden. The nearby Island of Öland, embraced by the glittering Baltic Sea, boasts mystical, ancient ruins, windmills and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Enjoy the stillness of Alvaret with its exceptional landscape and flora. While in Öland, you can also visit Solliden, the Royal Family’s summer residence. Close to Kalmar, in the province of Småland there's a Kingdom of Crystal, a place where you can immerse yourself in the fragile beauty of glass. Visitors can meet crafters, explore galleries and attend workshops. Besides this there's incredible shopping for glass lovers, local cuisine, classes, and outdoor adventures. The city of Kalmar, the Kingdom of Crystal and the Island of Öland; three destinations that offer a rich historical heritage, timeless design and unique landscape. But most important – all are focusing on the guest experience. Here, history, nature and culture are everywhere. Travel with all your senses and experience magic moments.

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Kalmar is one of Sweden’s oldest cities, and has received the Europa Nostra award twice for the town’s historical and well-preserved atmosphere: A few minutes’ walk from the cruise pier, 17th-century architecture adorns the downtown area, and a distinct historical ambiance mix with modern art and design. Stroll about and meet the people at the city’s many outdoor cafés and restaurants, in the beautiful city park or in the charming Krusenstiernska garden.

Language

Swedish

Distance from pier to city center


Downtown = main pedestrian street
From the cruise ship quay: 300 m.
From the tender quay: 100 m

Transportation to/from airport

Kalmar Airport: 10 minutes by taxi.

Currency

Swedish krona

Transport to/from city center

From the cruise ship quay: 300 m.
From the tender quay: 100 m

City Card

The Discover Kalmar card is available from the Tourist Information Office

Downloadable map

Port information

Port of Kalmar The Port of Kalmar lies in a sheltered position, adjacent to the shipping lane in Kalmar Sound. The port is fully equipped and has a long experience in receiving cruise ships. Smaller cruise ships moor at the dedicated cruise quay “Elevatorkajen” in the city center, whereas larger cruise ships anchor just south of the port. There is a purpose-built jetty for tenders where passengers can easily step ashore and return on board. The Port of Kalmar is certified according to ISO 9001 and 14001.

Berthing policy: First come, first served.

Elevatorkajen (city center)

Max LOA: 175 mMax depth: 7 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Designated for cruise ships (city center quay)Fenders available (brand and type): Defender 200 Info on tides: No tidal movement Learn more
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Port Reception Facilities

Elevatorkajen (city center), Kalmar

Direct shore connections available: Not avaliableBarges available: Not avaliableTank trucks available: YesNumber and maximum capacity of Tank trucks (cubm): abt 25 cbmMARPOL standard connections fitted: Yes Learn more

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

1,80 SEK/GT

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

None for 2018

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
Download PDF with overview of services available at all Cruise Baltic destinations.
Pier
Personal welcome

Tourist information personnel and mobile tourist info booth.

Cruise guest national flags
Shopping & Attractions
Shops open on Sundays

All shops are open every day except some private own shops.

Museums offer flexible opening hours for cruise guests
Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit
City Cards for sale
Port
Independent guest reception and help

We offer all cruise lines set up a hospitality desk on board with our personnel. Always tourist info booth on pier.

Mailbox available

Tourist personnel collect and deliver to the mailbox.

Tourist information (office or maps) in port area

Tourist information personnel and mobile tourist info booth. Free maps and other material.

Destination collaboration
Local cruise network
Authorized guides
Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest
Possiblity for special arrangements and flexibility
Transport
City centre within 1 km from pier

Town center 250 meters away from quay.

Publicly regulated taxis
Bike rental including map or GPS

Bike-rental close to the pier area.

Selected attractions

The city of Kalmar, the Kingdom of Crystal and the Island of Öland; three destinations that offer a rich historical heritage, timeless design and unique landscape. But most important – all are focusing on the guest experience. Here, history, nature and culture are everywhere. Travel with all your senses and experience magic moments.

Kalmar Castle

Kalmar Castle is one of the best preserved Renaissance castles in Scandinavia. With a history that stretches back to the 12th century, it represents over 800 years of brotherhood and blood. Its present appearance dates back from the 16th century when the Vasa Kings rebuilt it in the style of a Renaissance palace. At Kalmar Castle, the guides wear beautiful Renaissance clothing to further strengthen the historical atmosphere.

Royal Warship Kronan

This royal warship was one of Sweden´s largest warships, which exploded and sank in 1686 during a battle off the coast of the Island of Oland. The wreck was located in 1981 and every year since then, professional divers find new parts from the wreck that reveal more and more about the life onboard. More than 25 000 finds are now on display at the exhibition, as several canons and Sweden’s largest gold coin discovery.

Kingdom of Crystal

The Kingdom of Crystal consists of several glassworks within a radius of a few Swedish miles. From this region, many people emigrated and travelled to America, is now bustling with life, art and activity. Feel the warmth from the glass ovens as the craftsmen create unique art glass by transforming the glowing melt into beautiful crystal pieces using both traditional glassblowing methods and innovative new techniques. Enjoy historic and modern art pieces in the exhibition hall and do not miss the tax-free shop with both limited-edition art glass and everyday glassware.

Palace of Solliden

Solliden, an Italian-style white palace, built by Queen Victoria of Sweden in 1903-06, is still used as a summer residence by the Swedish Royal Family. Queen Victoria commissioned Solliden’s extensive gardens and parkland, which are considered by many to be the finest in Sweden. Exhibitions on a royal theme are housed in the pavilion.

Paradisverkstan

Purveyors of H.M. the King producing Scandinavian glass and ceramics, surrounded by a beautiful garden.

Children´s Castle

During summertime Kalmar Castle transform into the children´s own castle. Here they are given the opportunity to challenge the Balck Knight, to be dubbed in the castle hall, go on a treasure hunt, meet the castle´s own princess and much more.

Island of Öland (UNESCO)

The nearby Island of Öland boasts mystical, ancient ruins, windmills and unique landscape with exceptional flora and fauna nowhere else to be found. The agricultural landscape of southern Öland is a living cultural heritage, which was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000. There are natural and cultural sites on Öland that in terms of conservation are extremely important. These include the great Alvar Plain (Stora Alvaret), the coastal land, the linear villages and the ancient remains. The flora is exceptional and the bird-life is very rich. Several plants and animals on Öland are unique and can be found nowhere else in the world. All of this has its origins in how the land is used and how it is divided up.

Exciting extras

Art Museum

Kalmar konstmuseum: Contemporary art in spectacular building, awarded the Kasper Salin Price - Sweden’s nr. 1 architectural award.

Kullzénska

Café serving homemade biscuits and pies in a historical atmosphere, very popular among locals.

Krusenstiernska Garden

Well-preserved 19th century manor, homemade traditional pastries, lovely garden.

Kalmar Dome

Sweden’s finest baroque church and the beautiful Town Hall.

Varied Shore Excurions

CLASSIC & POPULAR

Kalmar City Tour
Panoramic tour in the Old Town close to Kalmar Castle, and city centre’s cobbled streets, the cathedral and the old city wall.
Kalmar & Öland
Short tour in Kalmar, continuing to the Island of Öland’s southern part with its UNESCO site. Unique landscape, exceptional flora and fauna.
Kalmar & Kingdom of Crystal
Short tour in Kalmar, then on to the Kingdom of Crystal’s world famous glassworks. See how master craftsmen shape and mould their art.

NEW & ADVENTUROUS

Renaissance Dinner with Entertainment
Fantastic experience in historical atmosphere at Kalmar Castle, including dinner, gossip, rumours, myths and truths. Music, dance and song.

Contacts

Destination Kalmar AB
Jenny Roloff
Cruise Marketing Manager Cruise Kalmar Network
Jenny.roloff@kalmar.com
Ölandskajen 11, P.O. Box 611
391 26 Kalmar, Sweden
Destination Kalmar AB
Carina Johansson
Cruise coordinator / Guides and attractions
carina.johansson@kalmar.com
Ölandskajen 11, P.O. Box 611
391 26 Kalmar, Sweden
Port of Kalmar
Mats Gustafson
VD / CEO
Mats.Gustafson@Kalmarhamn.se Mobile +46 (0) 70 547 24 26
P.O Box 810, 391 28 Kalmar
Sweden