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A World Heritage City in the middle of the archipelago

The city centre of Karlskrona is uniquely situated in the middle of an archipelago, 6 km from the mainland. This gives a unique, spacious sense to the city - and breathtaking views. Karlskrona is an exciting encounter with Sweden’s naval history. In 1680, King Carl XI ordered the construction of the city as Sweden’s naval base, due to its location. The naval presence has ensured distinctive architectural qualities, and UNESCO has named Karlskrona a World Heritage City. Despite its militant past, Karlskrona is a peaceful town, with an open and friendly atmosphere. Gunpowder towers and fortifications make a splendid backdrop, mixing with yellow ferries, white sails and even submarines visible in the waters around the city.

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Useful information

Language

Swedish

Distance from pier to city center

City commercial port: 700 m
Ferry terminal Verkö, quay 12 km
Karlskrona City Port is located in central Karlskrona with shopping, dining and all the attractions at easy walking distance.
300m from pier or tender landing

Transportation to/from airport

30 km - approx 25 min by taxi

Currency

Swedish krona SEK

Transport to/from city center

From pier: 3-5 minutes’ walk From Ferry terminal: 15 minutes by bus from downtown

City Card

Not available

Downloadable map

Not available

Port information

Berthing policy: Information available here

Karlskrona City and Commercial Port

Max LOA: 160 m Max depth: 7,5 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger and traffic Restrictions: 130 m loa and depth 7,3 m Clean pier before arrival + maintenance during the day: Available Learn more
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Verkö, quay 1

Max LOA: 240 m Max depth: 9 m Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger and Ro-pax Restrictions: 240 m loa and 9 m depth Clean pier before arrival + maintenance during the day: Available Learn more

Port Reception Facilities

Karlskrona City Port

Direct shore connections available: yesNumber and maximum flow rate: 1 more than 20 m3/hourDirect downstream to municipal facilities: 1 approx 20 m3/hourMARPOL standard connections fitted: yesNumber and maximum capacity of barges (cubm): no Learn more

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

Karlskrona City Port  SEK 2,80 / GT  At anchor SEK  1,45 / GT ISPS   (for both port/anchor) SEK 1,85 / GT

Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

SEK 13,40 / GT

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
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Pier
Personal welcome

Dressed in 18th century clothes, guards/soldiers and civilians greet our guests on the pier. A salute is fired from a canon if approved by ship.

Musical welcome

On request

Free local food samples

On request

Cruise guest national flags

On request

Shopping & Attractions
Shops open on Sundays

Some shops are open Sundays

Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit
Free city maps

Yes, a wide range of maps

Port
Independent guest reception and help

We offer all cruise lines to set up a hospitality desk on board with our personnel. Staff on pier provides information and brochures/maps

Local life and events with locals

On request

Mailbox available
Signed route from pier to city centre and/or public transport

Signs and maps

Tourist information (office or maps) in port area

Tourist information on pier

Free Wi-Fi in port

Free Wi-Fi with login in the city centre and in the cruise lounge on the Main Square

Destination collaboration
Authorized guides

All guides are authorized World Heritage City guides

Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest

We have an ongoing education of local businesses and partners

Possiblity for special arrangements and flexibility

One cruise call at the time allows for a high level of flexibility

Destination video available for Cruise Lines

Several destination videos are available for unrestricted use

Transport
Free shuttle available

Mini-train serves as shuttle service to/from the city centre

City centre within 1 km from pier

City center 300 meters away from pier

Publicly regulated taxis
Bike rental including map or GPS

On request

Hop on/hop off services in port area

Allowed, but not yet present as a service

Turnaround facilities
Scandic Hotel(s) in city

Yes, right in the city centre, in the middle of the archipelago

Direct flights to USA

Copenhagen Airport is the closest connection, 2,5 hours by bus or train

Airport less than one hour drive from port

Copenhagen Airport is located 2,5 hours from the destination

Selected attractions

Karlskrona offers world class attractions in a World Heritage City. Most attractions are within walking distance from the port/tender port or can be reached by our Hop-on hop-off boat service (new!). Many can off course also be enjoyed on our wide selection of guided tours.

Naval Museum (National)

A look inside the Swedish naval history with a real time submarine, underwater observation tunnel, and a full scale gun-deck of 18th century ship.

The Admirality Church and Rosenbom

An impressive wooden church dated back to 1685. Outside the church stands the statue of the local legend "Old Man Rosenbom"

Blekinge Museum and Grevagården

Local history. Exhibitions about the history of the county, Blekinge coastal culture, and 18th century Blekinge. Just next to the museum you find the world heritage building Grevagården where you can enjoy coffee in the baroque garden.

The allotment cottages of Brändaholm

Karlskrona's allotment cottages have a unique building style from the 1920s, with small houses built in similarl design, size and colours. These cottages are located on a small island in an area of great natural beauty that has been kept intact through the decades. All this makes Brändaholm a very popular place for walks; scenic, tranquile and "post card-pretty".

Björkholmen, picturesque part of the city

Take a stroll and get a sense of old times, amidst charming cottages and narrow alleys. The first dockworkers built their houses here, and it’s said that most of the timber came from the navy! The streets are named after types of vessels and admirals. Listen to the distinctive Karlskrona dialect, Björkholmskan! Enjoy the view of Saltösund and passing boats.

The Church of the Holy Trinity (The German Church)

The Church of the Holy Trinity is by some considered to be the grandest work of architecture in the city. It is also known as the German Church since it was the parish church for members of the German community in town until 1846. The church, modelled on the Pantheon in Rome, was designed by Nicodemus Tessin the younger and was consecrated in 1709 and by 1750 the copper-roofed church had been more or less completed. The fire that ravaged the town in 1790, also left the church in ruins and all that remained were the blackened walls. It took 12 years to rebuild. After the reconstruction, the church had a somewhat different appearance. The new dome, designed by Professor Olof Tempelman, was of a simpler, purer form, and more in keeping with the style of the Pantheon. The portico at the north end of the building was not completed until 1862, and followed Tessin´s original plans. Make sure you don´t miss the stunning church ceiling!

Exciting extras

Karlskrona – by Sea

A classic 1-hour sightseeing boat tour of the World Heritage City.

Nostalgia Car Museum/ Porcelain Museum

Two small, family-owned museums under one roof. Enjoy local history and sweet nostalgia.Visit a somewhat odd blend that hits the spot.

The Holy Trinity Church

Stunning church ceiling, dating back to the 18th century.

Events

1 Jun 2019
1 Sep 2021
Events in Karlskrona
Place: Karlskrona
Category: Other
Via the link you can find all kinds of different events. They all take place over the course of the year in Karlskrona.
20 Jun 2019
20 Jun 2019
Karlskrona Leaf Market
Place: Karlskrona
Category: Folklore
The day before Midsummer holds a great tradition in Karlskrona. The more than 100 year old tradition of the Leaf Market - a kind of festival with stalls, food and music! The Main Square and the surrounding streets are filled with people, coming to the city center to buy their traditional flowers, food and bric-a-brac.

Varied Shore Excurions

CLASSIC & POPULAR

Kungsholm Fortress
This fortress has guarded the entrance to Karlskrona for more than 300 years. A spectacular boat tour out in the archipelago let you experience the fort's exotic garden and stunning circular harbour. This is a great opportunity to see and learn about Karlskrona from its best side, seaside!
Old Naval Shipyard
Located inside the Naval base, available only through guided tours. Unique still ongoing naval history. Visit the Wasa shed, the Dry dock and the 300 m long wooden building holding the Ropery from 1690, where real ropemakers show you their skills.
Karlskrona City Tour
The Great Square, picturesque Stumholmen, Björkholmen and Brändaholm, the Old Naval Shipyard, a view of Karlskrona and the archipelago from its highest point, Bryggareberget.
Historical Kristianopel and the Coastal road
Venture into the spectacularly scenic countryside in southeastern Sweden and explore the country’s first renaissance town Kristianopel. Kristianopel, which was previously a danish town, was founded almost a century before Karlskrona. In its earliest years the town served as a remote frontier fortress for the Danes. The frontier were frequently under attack by the Swedes in a long power struggle between the countries.

NEW & ADVENTUROUS

Cold War Experience
A close encounter with a real cold war submarine in the Submarine Hall at the impressive Naval Museum in combination with an exciting tour of underground civil defense quarters and railway tunnels.

Contacts

The Municipality of Karlskrona
Terje Pedersen
Head of Tourism
The Municipality of Karlskrona
Liliann Bjerström Lidén
Strategist