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Drop anchor in Karlskrona, the city founded in 1680, when Charles XI decided to build the country's new naval base here! 340 years later, the naval base remains, the well-preserved architecture and city plan impressed Unesco, which gave the city World Heritage status in 1998. Wherever you go, you can see; magnificent churches and squares, parade streets and fortifications that attract visitors from all over the world. All this on a number of islands, in an archipelago that Unesco has designated as one of seven biosphere reserves in Sweden.

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There is a lot to do, see and experience in the sunniest city in Sweden! Karlskrona is also a World Heritage Site that consists of a number of exciting fortresses and other historical places. Discover lovely spots and outings - authentic and genuine experiences. Karlskrona also offers a great variety of guided tours all year round.

World Heritage City

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 Archipelago

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.


In Karlskrona something happens 365 days a year. Several popular events occur every year in Karlskrona. You will find an updated event calendar at www.visitkarlskrona.se.


There are several fine golf courses in Karlskrona all beautifully set. Three high class courses within 15 km of each other that are normally open for play all year round: seaside, undulating forest and park or a flat open course with sea view.


Karlskrona can provide all forms of normal and less normal overnight accommodation. Here you can stay in the middle of town with a view over the powder magazine out in Borgmästarefjärden or in a pilots tower on Aspö island. High standard in new hotel rooms and company apartments or on a simpler basis in renovated fishermen’s sheds, camping cabins and forest cottages. Service and breakfast in bed or your own provisions. The choice is yours.Well known hotel chains are established here: Choice Hotels, First Hotels and Scandic. There are also many smaller hotels with a good standard and cosy atmosphere. No fewer than ten hotels lie within 10 minutes walk of most of the attractions, restaurants and meeting places.

Do & See

There is no end of things worth doing and seeing in Karlskona. Stroll the streets and experience the town’s modern day pulse blended with its historical spirit, a fantastic combination of past and present. The flagship of Karlskrona's attractions is The Naval museum.


Try the local delicacies while you are in Karlskona, which, once upon a time had a higher concentration of taverns than anywhere else in the country. The potato dumplings, called "Kroppkaka" in Swedish, herring sandwiches or a roasted rye bun called "rågskorpa", are examples of local food. Naturally, all kinds of international food are available in a town like Karlskrona as well. In Karlskrona with surroundings you can eat well with the sea as a backdrop. As well as around the big sguare, Stortorget, where many of the town’s restaurants are situated. Here you will find a selection of all restaurants in Karlskrona!


Karlskrona has a wonderful café culture. There are many cosy cafés both in central Karlskrona and around and about. Cafés in charming backyards, in the shopping malls or on quaysides. In the city, on the countryside or in the beautiful archipelago, your choise!

Bars & Nightlife

In Karlskrona you will find charming places with great live music and unique bars with their own specialties. Try the locally produced beers or get a tour of a micro brewery. We can not boast about big nightclubs in our city, instead we can offer several smaller pubs and bars, where all spontaneous dance is of course welcome. When summer enters the city, the atmosphere is full of music, folklore and events almost every night!


In the centre of Karlskrona – at the heart of the archipelago, you will find three shopping arcades, designer shops, delicatessens, art galleries and market stalls. Many shops are to be found along and around the two pedestrian streets of Ronnebygatan and Borgmästaregatan. Don´t forget to visit the side streets, here you will find several unique shops, with “that little extra”. There are over 200 shops and the assortment is varied, with everything from well-known brands and chains to unique, local shops offering a hand-picked selection of goods. Many restaurants and cafés are clustered around Stortorget and the pedestrian streets, but naturally there are also waterside eateries. Enjoy your meal or a refreshing drink with an ocean backdrop.

Tourist Information

Karlskrona city offers museums, restaurants and cafés, open all year round. Karlskrona can also offer a fantastic, unspoiled archipelago where plenty of wonderful nature experiences await. On this site you will find everything you need to know about a successful holiday in Karlskrona. At Karlskrona Tourist Center you will find information about guided tours, points of interest, current events, maps and broschures. Visiting address: Karlskrona Tourist Center Skeppsbrokajen 10, S-371 33 Karlskrona Phone: +46 455-30 34 90 E-mail: visit@karlskrona.se Web: www.visitkarlskrona.se Facebook.com/visitkarlskrona