The Naval City of Karlskrona contains a unique World Heritage Site and one of the world’s best examples of city planning during the Renaissance. This fortified naval town was carefully planned, and it led the fields of town planning, architecture, ship-building, and military construction through the 17th and 18th Centuries.
For over a hundred years, its architecture and specialized naval installations were the hub of military industry and technology for the Baltic region. The naval yard and dockyards have operated continuously since they were created in the 1600s. Today, the Naval Base includes other buildings that include barracks, workshops, storehouses, and official residences.
Visitors to the Port of Karlskrona will also want to see the Fortress of Kungsholmen. This fortification has protected the entrance to the Port of Karlskrona since 1680, and it is part of the World Heritage Site. The tour starts with an hour-long boat ride and then a guided tour at the fortress that also includes a park and a museum. Because the fortress is part of a working military area, visitors must have valid identification to enter. The fortress has a dining room, but picnics are popular in the park. Snacks are also available on the boat.
Travelers who want to see the Port of Karlskrona by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises by searching for “Karlskrona” on the Cruise Compete website.