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Things to do in Västra Götaland

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Cities in Gothenburg
Gothenburg
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Museums in Gothenburg
Göteborg City Museum
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Liseberg
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Theaters in Gothenburg
The Gothenburg Opera
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Canyons in Smogen
Smögen
Of Cultural Interest in Gothenburg
Paddan Sightseeing
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Islands in Gothenburg
Styrso Island
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Train Stations in Gothenburg
Gothenburg Tram
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Squares in Gothenburg
Gustaf Adolfs Torg
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Museums in Gothenburg
Sjofartsmuseet (Maritime Museum)
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Streets in Gothenburg
Haga District
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Exhibitions in Gothenburg
Liseberg Wheel
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Train Stations in Gothenburg
Nils Ericson Terminal
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Museums in Gothenburg
Gothenburg Natural History Museum
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Of Cultural Interest in Gothenburg
Lilla Bommen
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Bus Stations in Gothenburg
Nils Ericson Terminal
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Nature Reserves in Lysekil
Stenshuvud National Park
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Of Cultural Interest in Gothenburg
Stinsen Sightseeing Train
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Göteborg City Museum
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Museums in Gothenburg
Sjofartsmuseet (Maritime Museum)
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Museums in Gothenburg
Gothenburg Natural History Museum
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Gothenburg Museum of Art
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Gothenburg Ferry
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The top 58 attractions in Västra Götaland

Cities in Gothenburg
Gothenburg
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This is a great starting point for a stay in Sweden because it is less expensive than Stockholm. People are also nicer than in the capital. There are many things to do and see in this city where everyone speaks English! In the area there are many places to visit and see and you can get there with Ryan Air. The airport is a bit far away from the city, though.
Museums in Gothenburg
Göteborg City Museum
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Visiting the Göteborg City Museum is like taking a journey through the history of both the city and the country. It is very interactive and is filled with beautiful pieces from prehistory to modern times. The highlights for me were the 19th century interiors from different social classes, and a reconstruction of a Viking ship.
Amusement Parks in Gothenburg
Liseberg
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Liseberg in Gothenburg is the largest amusement park in Sweden. Among its rides - there are about 50 - are four rollercoasters, attractions for kids and adults, water games, haunted castles, and more. Unlike traditional fairgrounds where you can buy a daily ticket and enjoy the attractions all day, here all the rides have their own ticket price, about SEK 25--30.
Theaters in Gothenburg
The Gothenburg Opera
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The Gothenburg opera house is a modern building that, seen from afar, looks like a huge ship hiding in the harbour. It is located directly opposite the big wheel near the port. Designed by architect Jan Izikowitz, it was opened in 1994, and is one of the most interesting cultural sights in the city.
Canyons in Smogen
Smögen
A place that you should visit in Sweden is Smögen. It´s halfway between the station and the typical fishing village and is surrounded by fabulous scenery of the fjords. It is an ideal place to admire landscapes and take pastoral walks. Also try the products that are you find in the port. The salmon based stuff is incredible!
Of Cultural Interest in Gothenburg
Paddan Sightseeing
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This is a classic activity for anyone travelling to Gothenburg. You can take the boat from in front of Kungsportsplatsen tram stop, and the journey takes 50 minutes. It costs 140 SEK, but if you have the Gothenburg Pass, it's free (only after 3 pm). Obviously, if you go in winter, the extreme temperatures mean attractions are limited; no boat trips are made from November to March.
Islands in Gothenburg
Styrso Island
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If traveling to Gothenburg in summer, a trip to the islands must include Styrsö. While it's quite big, it's not crowded with tourists. It has small businesses, trails, and natural spaces, with a range of activities on offer. You can walk across the island from one port to the other in just over an hour.
Train Stations in Gothenburg
Gothenburg Tram
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Gothenburg has a bus and tram service. There are 133 tram lines, allowing you to move quickly and easily from one part of this beautiful Swedish town to another. The Gothenburg tram network is perhaps the oldest in Europe, dating back to 1879; in the twentieth century, the horse-drawn trams were replaced by an electrified network. Tourists should buy the Gothenburg pass for discounts on travel and attractions.
Squares in Gothenburg
Gustaf Adolfs Torg
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This square, dating back to 1854, is the heart of Gothenburg. Here you can see the statue of the city's founder, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. You can see the Stock Exchange, the Court of Justice and the city canal. From here you can go to various parts of the city, and although the square doesn't offer much, it's an important site.
Museums in Gothenburg
Sjofartsmuseet (Maritime Museum)
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The Maritime Museum (Sjofartsmuseet) Gothenburg is truly spectacular. It is perfect for families with children, as you can discover marine life and come into contact with the equipment used by our seafaring ancestors. Inside the museum, you can also find a cafe and nautical gift shop.
Streets in Gothenburg
Haga District
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Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden. Truly admiring it takes several days, but I was only there for one, so we had to choose among the different sites. We went to the district of Haga, a cobbled pedestrian neighbourhood that's ideal for walking. It's also a shopping area, with antiques shops and cafes. In fact, here I found an amazing chocolate shop that left me speechless!
Exhibitions in Gothenburg
Liseberg Wheel
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Even up here in Scandinavia, you can find ferris wheels! The wheel of Gothenburg is one of the city's unmissable attractions. From the height of 60m, you can see the entire city, with the theatre and harbour. There are at least 42 pods, completely covered with windows so you won't miss anything. It is open all year round, although the schedule may vary with the seasons.
Train Stations in Gothenburg
Nils Ericson Terminal
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The central station in Gothenburg, Nils Ericson, is the largest urban hub, connecting the city to Norway, the rest of Europe and, of course, every other city in Sweden. There are so many trains and buses passing through here. The structure blends old and new styles.
Museums in Gothenburg
Gothenburg Natural History Museum
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The Museum of Natural History (Musee Naturhistoriska) is one of the oldest museums in Gothenburg. From its inauguration in 1833, until today, it has been renovated several times, making it very attractive to the public. It is divided over three floors, and you can see a great variety of mammals, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles from all over the world. You can see interesting workshops in the laboratory on the history of the human body, the lives of whales, and marine life. The most popular animals are the biggest: the whale and the African elephant. There's a cafe and a small gift shop inside. Admission is free with the Gothenburg pass. Suitable for adults and especially for children. Not to be missed.
Of Cultural Interest in Gothenburg
Lilla Bommen
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In the Lilla Bommen port area, near the central station, you can't miss the Utkiken skyscraper. It is known as the lipstick for its shape and colours (red and white). It measures about 86 metres high, and from the top you can enjoy views of the city and the canal. On a clear day, the view extends all the way to the fortress of Elfsborg. A great experience.
Bus Stations in Gothenburg
Nils Ericson Terminal
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I spent a few hours in the bus/train station (centralstation) in Gothenburg. What most caught my attention was its design, though in Sweden almost everything is well designed. This particular station is divided into two - the railway is the oldest and nicely combines elements of the past with the modern. The bus section has a spectacular design and it could be an airport - its very comfortable, with shops, restaurants, kiosks and ATMs. The only downside is that you have to pay to go to the bathroom, as in almost all public places in Sweden.
Nature Reserves in Lysekil
Stenshuvud National Park
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On the west coast of Sweden, at the northern end of the Gullmarsfjord fjord you will find this natural reserve. It has stunning granite formations to lose yourself in. Rock climbing is an interesting activity typical of the place. There are also several small ponds that catch you by surprise, or at least I was not expecting them! And across the sea, there are several islets around the Skagerrak Strait extending into the horizon.
Of Cultural Interest in Gothenburg
Stinsen Sightseeing Train
The tourist train is perfect for families with children. It runs from May to October, departing from the centre of Gothenburg. It costs 90 SEK, but is free with the Gothenburg Pass. The tour runs from the Gustaf Adolf Square, and passes by the panoramic wheel, casino, port and canal. The train passes through several streets of the city, including Carolus Rex, Feskekorka, Magisinsgatan.