Karlskrona’s well preserved town plan, wide baroque streets and parade buildings resulted in UNESCO in 1998 designating it a World Heritage site. Some parts of the town’s naval installations are still in use today, 300 years after the town was established. Its many citadels, fortresses and powder magazines are popular excursion destinations, with or without a guide.
Karlskrona is built on several islands, the centre being situated on the island of Trossö – 6 km out in the archipelago! In total the town stands on more than 30 islands several of which can be reached by car. In the summer months the archipelago boats ply the waters between several of the most popular excursion destinations. Take advantage of the free car ferry to Aspö and why not hire a cycle and discover the island.
The Naval Museum is very popular with all age groups. Other places to visit in Karlskrona are the Konsthallen (Art Gallery), the Konserthusteatern (Theatre) as well as other galleries and museums such as the Kulenovic Collection in the historical Vattenborgen on Stortorget (main square).
1,600 islands, islets and rocks
Karlskrona archipelago is liberating and probably one of the most beautiful places there is! The archipelago of Karlskrona, is the southernmost of Sweden’s archipelagos. The whole city is built upon 33 islands. Without the protective ring of large and small islands surrounding the city, King Karl XI, would probably not have chosen Trossö for his new naval base. There are islands, that have from one to 1,500 inhabitants, islands with and without connection to the mainland. Look for your very own favorite spot - and enjoy - because there are plenty of them!
Far out in eastern Blekinge archipelago, there are plenty of exciting islands like, Inlängan, Utlängan, Stenshamn, Ungskär and Hästholmen, which offer a charming setting. The character of the islands here, differs a lot from the green inner archipelago. Far out to the southeast, lies the island Utklippan. Enjoy the unique environment and look for the seal colony, the seals really enjoy their life here...
Island-hopping - Discover the Archipelago on your own, charter a boat with crew, or why not hire a boat and find your own dream island ... Set sail and weigh anchor!
The Björkholmen part of town can be seen as the other side of the tracks in relation to the parade buildings of Trossö. This is where the dock workers and tradesmen lived in small, low cottages, that sometimes rested directly on the flat rock. A stroll around here still gives you an insight into how it was in the 18th century.
Amiralitetskyrkan and Rosenbom
This is one of Sweden’s largest wooden churchs and one of the town’s best known tourist attractions. Amiralitetskyrkan was consecrated in 1685 as a provisional solution that was to be replaced by a larger stone church. The old man "Gubben Rosenbom", the parish poor-box, has now stood on the church steps for at least 200 years. The money placed in his head goes to charitable causes still today.
Stumholmen island's main attraction is the Naval Museum. The museum is an architectural masterpiece, with its more than 140 meter long building straight out of the water! The museum also includes the exciting Sloop and Longboat Shed with exhibitions of different boats, and the so called, Kings-sloop. On Stumholmen one also finds the old hangars from aviation pioneer and the bastion Kungshall. The city's most popular beach is located on Stumholmen, just a few hundred meters from the Main Square
Dragsö island and Saltö island
On the island Saltö, reached by bridge from Trossö (the city island), you can enjoy a delicious shrimp salad or smoked fish, dining right by the sea. Take a swim from the rocks or from the lovely beach. On the island Dragsö, which is the neighboring island, there is a very popular family campground. Take a round of mini golf througt the Worldheritage city of Karlskrona, in miniature, or try pike fishing. For those who like to walk there are several charming walking paths along the sea.