The foundations for Kalmar Castle were laid as long ago as 1180, when a kastal, a defensive tower, was erected on the site. The tower was build for protection from pirates and other enemies. Some years later Kalmar was established as a town, and at the end of the 13th century, Magnus Ladulås had a fortress constructed with a ring-wall and tower surrounding the old kastal. If you had come here then, you would have encountered Sweden's most modern fortress. Today the ambience is more peaceful, but for several hundred years the castle was Sweden's outpost against Denmark and an important defensive fortification.
Exhibition recounts 800 years
Throughout the castle's 800 years, history has offered up constant changes. Rulers have come and gone, the kingdom's borders have shifted and the castle has been used in many different ways. The Governor's Floor relates the history of Kalmar Castle. Each room displays an epoch, an event or a theme. You can immerse yourself in the history of the Kalmar Union, the life of Vasa princesses or perhaps pause a while and ponder the royal diet during past centuries.
The Castle Church's latest reconstruction
Royal glamour is served up in the Castle Church, dating back to 1592. Here you can see the seats of the king and queen made in 1620 when Gustav II Adolf planned to marry Maria Eleonora. However, Kalmar was afflicted with the plague at that time, and the wedding had to be moved to Stockholm. The castle took on its current appearance during the 16th century when the medieval castle was reconstructed as a Renaissance palace by Vasa Kings Gustav, Erik XIV and Johan III.
Those of you who have come to Kalmar Castle to experience something exceptional can take part in one of the daily guided tours or keep close watch on the events calendar for special guided tours that deal with the castle's period as a women's prison, the architectural masterpieces or the period as a border fortress. The brave among you can come along on a tour after nightfall. For children there are special guided tours, castle battles, treasure hunts and the castle's own workshop.