Kalmar is a charming coastal city in southern Sweden. It is located on Kalmarsund on the Baltic Sea across from the island of Öland, which is connected to the mainland by a six kilometre long bridge. The impressive fortress on Öland is worth a visit. In Kalmar, particularly the old town, the castle and the cathedral as well as the city centre built in the 17th century on the island of Kvarnholmen are all interesting for visitors. The Tripp Trapp Trull wooden houses are another attraction. Just outside of the city is a medieval amusement park which holds a Medieval Festival every year in the summer.
Also right outside of Kalmar is the "Glass District". In the 18th century, immigrants from Bohemia started Sweden's glass industry here. In 14 small glassworks the glass blowers still use traditional methods to do their work.
The historical region of Småland is a beautiful vacation area with an abundance of forests and lakes, just like in Astrid Lindgren's books. In the amusement park at the edge of Vimmerby, the birthplace of this famous children's book author, visitors can see "Villa Villekulla" and the farm from "Children's Day in Bullerbü".