Karlskrona has more to offer than ships and naval history.
Walk around the Stortorget and marvel at the wonderful baroque architecture of the square’s churches.
The Frederikskyrkan - consecrated in 1744 - and the Trefaldighetskyrkan (the Trinity Church) are both impressive buildings. Or, visit one of the town’s museums.
Although once the former site of a seaman’s barracks, the Båtmanskasernen is now home to the Konsthall, a free modern art and handicraft museum. The Museum Leonardo da Vinci Ideale has a Nativity painting dating from the early 16th century on show.
Visit the Blekinge Museum and its beautiful baroque garden for more information on the region. Otherwise, take an inspection trolley ride through the military rail tunnel that passes under the town square and ends up at the base of a huge bell tower.
There are plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes to keep you amused. Head to the harbour area and enjoy your meal while taking in great views of the sea.
It doesn’t matter if you travel in business or pleasure, either way you will have a wonderful experience in Karlskrona.
Day Trip to Aspö
Take the large yellow Aspö ferry from Karlskrona Harbour (near the bridge to Stumholmen) to Aspo (30 min) and spend the day enjoying the rugged island beaches, tiny shops and old military fort.
The ring road around Aspö is about 6km long and, in addition to the beaches and fort, Aspö also hosts a small yacht club and a number of summer cottages. Amenities are rather sparse even in the busiest summer months, when there are only a few basic places to eat and stay. In the winter months (i.e. outside the June to August period), the only place to buy things is the local ICA supermarket and most (if not all) other things will be closed.
The ferry is officially part of the Swedish road system and so is free for vehicles, bicycles and foot passengers in both directions.