Leisure - Hasslö

We are at our freest in the places where we play – the places where we lose ourselves in the beauty of a run, swim, race, or the pleasure of doing nothing at all. These are the sites we seek out for our own enjoyment, where we create some of our best memories. This chapter brings together an assortment of the buildings, parks, and other structures created expressly to facilitate the enjoyment of mankind. It is notable that, even when viewed from so far above you cannot make out the human figures at play, seeing these places still elicits a certain joy, a familiar desire to inhabit such a space, if only for a time, and use it for its intended purpose. By appreciating these sites in their larger context – a massive stadium in the centre of a city, the vast scale of an amusement park, a long and crowded beach – we can more deeply understand the powerful and universal values that drove their creation.

overview Karlskrona leisure

In constant motion
We need to move to feel good, that is nothing new. Karlskrona, and Blekinge, are perfect to activate us and inspire adventure in the outdoors.

Together with a number of partners, Blekinge Archipelago has developed a linked coastal and archipelago trail - ARK56 – named from the the 56th latitude. Here you can paddle, sail, hike and cycle to the finest experiences and the best service. The trails go on forest paths, over mountain slopes, dirt roads and deep water, through wild nature and rich cultural history. You choose for yourself whether you take an afternoon hike, a weekend paddling or if you make a trip with both a bike and a kayak as well as on foot!

Snorkel around
A snorkeling trail is like a hiking trail beneath the surface! On Dragsö in Karlskrona there are twelve stations of which the last four are located in deeper water. The snorkeling trail also has an underwater bingo challenge.

Go treasure hunting
There are two exciting treasure hunts that will take you on a tour of the World Heritage City. In "Hunting for the city's pearls" you follow a map from the 18th century and try to find different things that are hiding - with varying degrees of difficulty.
Download the map with the QR code on the exhibition sign

You can also help Frasse and Klaura solve the "World Heritage Mystery" by finding symbols. Through a fun and engaging treasure hunt you will learn more about Karlskrona's history and the various buildings and places that helped make the city a world heritage site. 
Download the map with the QR code on the exhibition sign
Local art 
An announcement has been made for artists and other creators to participate in The Overview exhibition. Up to six artists associated with Karlskrona are given the opportunity to compete with their work or with an installation. A jury will select six artists who will be represented when the whole exhibition is coming to Stortorget on Trossö from September 11 to November 1.

overview Karlskrona leisure

World class world heritage
Karlskrona was built in 1680 according to King Karl XI's visions for a new naval base. More than 330 years later, the base is still there and has been in use since day one. The city's preserved architecture and city plan gave Karlskrona world heritage status in 1998.

The art of shipbuilding
The construction of Karlskrona was carried out with great purposefulness. After some thirty years, the blocks on the central island of Trossö was largely built. The new city was given an international touch early on, with skilled labor from near and far. Not least in shipbuilding art. The old shipyard is today one of Karlskrona's main attractions and the very core of the world heritage. Already before the year 1700 there was the 300 meter long “Repslagarebanan” and a few years later it was built, for its time, a very advanced dry dock. If you pre-book a guided boat tour and have a valid ID, you can visit the unique World Heritage Sites located within the military area.

Protective walls 
A series of fortifications were built around the naval base, partly on Trossö and neighboring islands, and partly on the sea. At the entrance to the naval harbor you will find “Kungsholms fort” and “Drottningskärs kastell” on either side of the strait. As a last resistance, attacking ships were stopped by the fortification towers “God natt” (Good night) and “Kurrholmen”.
The former military island of “Stumholmen” houses the Swedish Naval Museum, the Sloop and Longboat Shed, old hangars from the pioneer era of aircraft and the Kungshall fortress with magnificent views from the walls. Between the cannons you can see all the way to “Kungsholms Fort” at the entrance to Karlskrona.
Religion and justice
The planning of the city was not only characterized by military needs. The city plan also reveals a quest for classic ideals with grid planes and large squares. In this plan, the civilian city has its center in the highest location, “Stortorget” (the main square), which is surrounded by stately buildings for religion and justice. The two churches at the square represent the two basic forms of the Renaissance.
Discover the world heritage
Scan the QR code for more information on everything that you can experience in the World Heritage City of Karlskrona.