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The whole city of Karlskrona was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 due to its extraordinary 17th and 18th century maritime architecture. Discovered on the small island of Trosso in 1680, Karlskrona was originally established as a southern maritime base for the Swedish navy following the great Danish invasion of 1689.
Located on an archipelago, Karlskrona has been portrayed as a mini Stockholm. Although fire demolished a great deal of the town center in the late 18th century, numerous baroque buildings still survived. A trip to Karlskrona should be put together from a boat trip to Kungsholms Fort with its extraordinary sally port and the island of Aspö with the Drottingerkärs kastell tower. The Maritime museum is also a must. Its collection includes model ships, a submarine, sailing uniforms, weaponry, and a facinating review of the history of the Swedish navy. From the museum you should take a boat out to the round tower on the island of Mjolnareholmen. It was built in the early 18th century, originally as a gunpowder store, and makes an imteresting tour.
Baroque Architecture & Beautiful Green Gardens
In spite of Karlskrona's many water-related activities, the city has much more to offer. Walk around the Stortorget and take a look at the wonderful baroque architecture of the square's churches. The 18th century Frederikskyrkan and the Trinity Church are both grand, impressive structures.
Museaum lovers will find plenty to do in Karlskrona. Visit the free modern art and handicraft museum or explore the Museum Leonardo da Vinci Ideale which features some marvelous Nativity painting from the early 16th century. Another great attraction is the Blekinge Museum. There you can scout the stunning baroque garden by foot and enjoy the flowers, trees and medows.
If you are not a good walker, or simply want to experience something new, rent an inspection trolley and ride through the military rail tunnel. It passes under the town square all the way to the base of the city's enormous bell tower. There is an abundance of dining places and bars and the area is charming. Take your meal to the harbor area and have it while overlooking in the beautiful view of the sea and enjoying the refreshing ocean breeze.