There is no end of things worth doing and seeing in Karlskona. You can visit many of the places of interest independently, others must be visited with a guide. Stroll the streets and experience the town’s modern day pulse blended with its historical spirit, a fantastic combination of past and present.
The Naval Museum
Real battleships, 18th century figureheads, unique models and an underwater tunnel with a genuine wreck. Experience Swedish naval history at the Naval Museum. For children there is Dunder’s deck and a sailors’ workshop. Free admission for children up to 18. The new submarine hall opens in june 2014!
Karlskrona Porcelain Museum
Karlskrona Porcelain factory, manufactured beautifully feldspar porcelain, during the years 1918-1968, designed by famous artists such as Edward Hald, Percy, Alf Jarnestad, Sven Erik Skawonius and others. In parts of the old factory building, a large part of the production is shown in contemporary environments.
Albinsson & Sjöberg’s Car Museum
In the Car Museum intermingled treasures from the past: luxurious automobiles together with the cars that everyone could afford, motorcycles, caravans, purpose-built cars and much more. A unique collection enthusiast vehicles, linked to legendary drivers and car builder profiles.
Museum Kulenovic Collection
The art museum Kulenovic Collection is situated in Karlskrona's Gamla Vattenborg (Old Water tower) on Stortorget (The Big Square) in Karlskrona. Unique art on display in a unique environment! From renaissance to modernism. Boulle, Braque, Bruegel, Fragonard, Friedrich, van Gogh, Hill, Le Prince, Lionardo, Matisse, Melendez, Moitte, Rembrandt, Reni, Schjerfbeck and Steer. International art: From the Renaissance to the 20th century.
Blekinge museum is situated on Fisktorget, with exhibition halls in several buildings, and the museum always offers new exhibitions, that are arranged continually. It depicts Karlskrona’s and Blekinge county’s past through a number of permanent exhibitions, including a noteworthy 18th century apartment in Wachtmeister's palace, called Grevagården. There is also a very pleasant café in the recreated baroque garden as well as Grevagrundet - Blekinge museum’s playground with an archipelago theme.
Gamla Varvet - The old shipyard
The former shipyard is now one of Karlskrona’s most outstanding attractions and the basis of the World Heritage status. Here you will find, among relatively modern buildings, a variety of buildings and technology covering more than 300 years of shipbuilding. Visit the longest wooden building in the country, Repslagarbanan, the Wasaskjul, Polhemsdockan (dock) and Gallionslunden. There is also a tour that takes you to Lindholmen by sea. This shows you Karlskrona from the the sea side and takes you out to the former naval yard. You can only visit Lindholmen with a guided tour. During the summer there are regular tours, contact the tourist office to arrange tours at other times.
Guided tours - "A smorgasbord" of tours
World Heritage areas, our Jewish history, public art and exciting architecture.
Would you like to know more about our guided tours? Contact the Tourist Office, and we will happily help you put together the guided tour you wish and book a guide. For prices and other practical information, please contact us.
Did you know that the most Swedish of all Swedish motifs, and perhaps the most widely distributed, is found in Karlskrona – on tiny Brändaholm? 43 red cottages with white corners, waving flags and a bright blue sea. And the motif continues to be spread across the globe as a representation of genuine Swedishness. Come take a look at the real thing!
Drottningskärs kastell (citadel) was largely built during the last decade of the 17th century and is considered one of Sweden’s foremost defence constructions, a complete and well preserved fortress from Sweden’s period as a great power. The citadel has a large castle keep in granite with gun deck, powder magazine and quarters. It has four bastions named after the queens Maria, Christina, Hedvig and Ulrica. Since 1895 Drottningskär has not played an active part in the Swedish defence system. You can get to Drottningskär citadel all year round via the car ferry to Aspö. The archipelago boats stop here during the summer. There is also a restaurant and café, open during summer.
This fort has defended the entrance to Karlskrona for more than 300 years. Kungsholms Fort is still operational within the Swedish defences. The remarkable round harbour has become somewhat of a symbol for Karlskrona’s status as a World Heritage site. Exotic plants from all corners of the globe flourish under the protection of the fort’s walls. They have been brought here over many years on vessels returning from distant voyages. A museum on the island depicts the fort’s history. There are regular guided tours to Kungsholms Fort during the summer, visits can also be arranged for groups and individuals at other times. Regular guided tours all summer, contact the tourist office to book: +46 (0)455-30 34 90
Barnens Lekland is an indoor play centre for children between the ages of 1 and 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Here in this huge facility with a jungle theme, children can play football and basketball in the multi-sport arena, compete against friends on the slides, crawl through tunnels and find there way past obstacles and giant balls. There is a separate section for the very young children with a ball-sea and a slide. Café with favourites for all ages! Open all year round.
Adventures in Karlskrona
Paddle a sea kayak, bike MTB or climb! Join a guided sea kayak tour in Karlskrona archipelago. You get to meet new people and have a wonderful outdoor experience in a safe environment. The tour goes around Karlskrona city and to the inner islands of the archipelago of Karlskrona. Look at the website or contact the Tourist ofice for further information.
The coast road - explore the countryside!
Enjoy the journey between Torhamn & Kristianopel, along the coast road, where you can choose from a large range of the more unusual kinds of experiences. Look for seals at Abrahamsängar, guided tours are arranged here. Try the coastal fishing, or go to art school. Do not miss all the farm shops, farm dairies, crafts and small shops along the way. For opening hours, have a look at the entrepreneurs own websites.
Barnens Gård - The Children´s Farm
Come along on a whirling adventure in the Water Park or bounce and romp in the large Leisure Park. Help with the small animals and tag along when the hay wagon drives out to the cows in the meadow. Life is good for the whole family at the Children’s Farm! Open may-august.
Fun for kids in Karlskrona!
Fun for Kids Karlskrona is a local network and the Tourist Office, which offers families experiences and special offers. It makes it easy to plan your visit to Karlskrona and easy once you get here. With the benefit card and map, you can head out in search of new and memorable experiences. You will need at least a week or several visits to Karlskrona, to be able to have time for all the fun!
Make a journey through time!
Travel through the islands – Senoren, Sturkö, Tjurkö. From Viking village Valshall on Senoren via Sturkö’s inspiring medieval herb garden, Bredaviks Örtagård, out to Tjurkö’s stonemasonry. The islands, with bridge connection, offers a lot of local produced products! This tor suits you best if you travel by car.