Drop anchor in Karlskrona, a town that was founded in 1680 when Karl XI decided to establish the country’s new naval base here. The key to the appointment is the actual planning of the city, which was built according to King Karl XI's will and vision. More than 300 years later the naval base is still here in Karlskrona – the town where old meets new and tradition meets innovation. 

Suggested itinerary for the post-congress tour to Karlskrona

Saturday September 21

Arrival to Kalrskrona. Spend the afternoon discovering the World Heritage city Karlskrona. Karlskrona town center is located on the island Trossö which is easily discovered by foot. The island measures 1 km from any given side to the opposite side. Elegant churches, grand squares, boulevards and historic fortifications draw visitors from around the world. Maps and suggested routes can be found here:

Two main shopping streets offer both smaller unique shops and retail chains. In addition there are several bars, cafés and restaurants within close walking distance.

Transportation

You can reach Karlskrona either by plane or train from Stockholm.

By train

The train takes about 6 hours and requires 2 changes. The train station is located in central Karlskrona with walking distance to hotels and attractions. Train tickets can be booked 90 days prior to your trip:

By plane

Flights depart from Bromma airport or Arlanda airport to Ronneby/Karlskrona airport, a small and easily navigated airport. Approximate flight time is about 50 min. Transportation to Karlskrona from the airport departs from just outside the terminal approximately 15 min after landing. Bus tickets can be bought on board. The bust makes several stops in central Karlskrona, just tell the driver where you’re going and they will help you.

Sunday September 22

Breakfast at your hotel. Early birds may have time for a walk around the city center while making their way to Fisktorget for a boat tour. 
You can choose to spend the day discovering the town on your own, or participate in a guided tour of the areas of the World Heritage that are closed to the public.

Guided tours

Book the tours through Karlskrona Tourism Agency:

  • Kungsholm fortification
    Sunday 10:00-12:30
    Ticket price: 250 SEK/adult (incl. guide and boat trip)
    The boat departs from Fisktorget in central Karlskrona, close to hotel Scandic.
    • NB! Military area! Booking in advance in mandatory. Valid ID (i.e. passport for international participants, Swedish citizens may use driver’s license or national ID-card) must be brought on the tour. Passport number must be stated when booking.
  • Walk through the Old Naval Dockyard (incl. rope walk) 
    Sunday 14:30-16:30
    Ticket price: 150 SEK/adult (incl. guide)
    Meet up at the main guard gate, south Trossö.
    • NB! Military area! Booking in advance in mandatory. Valid ID (i.e. passport for international participants, Swedish citizens may use driver’s license or national ID-card) must be brought on the tour. Passport number must be stated when booking.

The Naval Dockyard was the reason Karlskrona was founded and takes up a large part of southern Trossö and also some other islands. The Dockyard is still home to the Swedish navy and is closed to the public, open only to guided tours. The Old Shipyard is currently one of Karlskrona's most prominent landmarks and the core of the World Heritage Site. The Rope-walk from 1692 is, with its 300 meters length, one of the longest wooden buildings in Sweden. Here you will also find the remarkable Polhem Dry Dock, completed in 1724.

Monday September 23

The Swedish Naval Museum

The Naval Museum is located on the island Stumholmen, a short walk from the main square. The museum is home to a collection dating back 1752. Now it is a modern museum and one of the region’s main tourist attractions. Since 2014, the Naval Museum is also home to the cold war submarine Neptun, open for on board visits. The museum also incorporates the interesting Sloop and Longboat Shed with boat displays.

The museum offers a guided tour, free of charge to conference guests, on Monday September 23 at 10:00.

Restaurant Skeppsgossen, located in the museum, offers a lunch buffet with local specialties.

Experience the interesting mix on old and new architecture on Stumholmen. The old hangars from the pioneering days of aviation and Kungshall storehouse are other interesting attractions.

Suggested accommodation

Most hotels and accommodation options in Karlskrona are listed on regular hotel sites. Some private homes also list rooms or cottages for rent on those web sites.

In Karlskrona, mid-class hotels prices range from 1,100 to 1,800 SEK/night, incl. breakfast.

A few hotels in Karlskrona:

A few hostels in Karlskrona:

Karlrkrona on your own – ”Must See – Must Do”

The 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 square is located on Trossö's highest point and is unusually large for a Swedish provincial town. That's because the square occupies the surface of two city blocks rather than what is usual, one block. The Town Hall, The Concert Hall, Karl XI's statue and water tower, which is one of the country's first water towers, are also characteristic.
The impressive churches are immediately eye-catching; Fredrikskyrkan (Fredrik's Church) and Trefaldighetskyrkan (The Holy Trinity Church), also known as the German Church and it is still an active church room. Fredrik's Church was completed in 1744 and is built by mainly Italian models. The construction of Frederik's Church began in 1720 on the Great Square in Karlskrona, designed by Sweden's former chief architect, Tessin the Younger.

Blekinge museum

The museum is centrally located in Karlskrona at Fisktorget square, where the archipelago boats dock. The museum shows exhibitions of the county and also displays temporary exhibits of various kinds. The third largest finds of gold foil figures in Sweden, found at Västra Vång Blekinge, can be seen at the museum as well as the exhibition about the Danish King's ship Gripshunden.

Björkholmen

Take a stroll and get a sense of old times, amidst charming cottages and narrow alleys. The first dockworkers and craftsmen built their houses here, and it’s said that most of the timber came from the navy! The streets are named after types of vessels and admirals.

Brändaholm

43 red houses with white corners, waving flags and a bright blue sea. Where have you seen it before? Well, the most Swedish and perhaps the most widespread motive of all available here in beautiful Karlskrona - on the small island Brändaholm. Karlskrona's idyllic allotment cottage area with a unique built environment of the 1920s. Stroll along the narrow gravel paths and enjoy the gardens' flourishing splendor.

The Admirality Church

The Admiralty Church is only five years younger than the city itself and was inaugurated in 1685 as a temporary measure, while waiting for a larger stone church. To the delight of us this unique wooden church was never demolished. Come and meet The Old Man Rosenbom, Karlskrona’s most famous inhabitant – lift his hat and drop in a donation!

Boat tours (depart from Fisktorget)

Archipelago tours – Daily 10:00-12:30, Sat-Sun 14:30-17:00
Nättraby – Daily 10:30-12:00 and 13:00-14:30