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), as well as other galleries and museums such as the Kulenovic Collection, situated at Stortorget (main square).
The town centre is located on Trossö island. Many visitors are fascinated by the main square, where the Tourist Office can also be found. The statue of Karl XI gazes out over the grand paved square. The impressive churches are immediately eye-catching: Fredrikskyrkan and Trefaldighetskyrkan (Holy Trinity Church), also known as the German Church. There is now a World Heritage Site visitors’ centre here.
Stumholmen with The Naval Museum
The pulse of history is heard clearly over the island, which once was a warehouse for the sailing fleet's food supply. After 300 years as a closed military area, the island Stumholmen was transformed in 1993 into a civilian section of the city. Among waterside houses and work places and at the lovely swimming beach, history lives on. This is where you will find the Naval Museum, Karlskrona’s foremost visitor attraction. The museum is an architectural masterpiece, with its 140-metreplus structure extending right out over the water! The museum also incorporates the interesting Sloop and Longboat Shed with boat displays. The old hangars from the pioneering days of aviation and Kungshall storehouse are other interesting attractions. Theunique submarine hall opens in june 2014, next to The Naval Museum!
Kungsbron & Bastion Aurora
The residents of Karlskrona gather at Kungsbron to welcome kings and other guests, as this is the true gateway to the town. The pink and white building is the residence of the county governor, and the view from here over the archipelago is enchanting. The Aurora Bastion is a part of the original wall that divided the city into a civilian and a military part. Today the Aurora Bastion is a popular concert venue.
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.
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.
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 throug 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.
1,650 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 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.
How to get around in the Karlskrona archipelago - several entrepreneurs, offer traffic in the archipelago of Karlskrona all year round.