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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Sweden, it's hard to remember the names of the streets because the language is very difficult; it's easier to photograph them. Sodra Larmgatan is a great street in central Gothenburg, with quaint shops, haute couture outlets, restaurants, and historic buildings.
Gothenburg is a land transport hub, but it's also possible to make connections by sea. From the numerous ports - Saltholmen, Lilla Bommens Hamn and more - you can take several ferries to explore different islands of the archipelago. The boat connections are offered by Vasttraffik.
Wondering what to do in Gothenburg? This beatiful city by the sea has a long and interesting history. You'll have no problem filling an itinerary with Gothenburg activities to make your stay unforgettable.
The archipelago is one of the best places to visit in Gothenburg. You can travel by boat to visit the New Älvsborg fortress, with its lighthouse, and Vinga and Styrsö islands. There are plenty of things to do in Gothenburg besides seeing the islets: for example, you can relax in an algae bath, which is far more enjoyable than it might sound!
Within the city centre, top attractions in Gothenburg include Kungsportsavenyn, colloquially called Avenyn, the main boulevard of the city. It stretches from the old pit to Götaplatsen, a square in which you can find the Museum of Fine Arts, the concert hall, and the Municipal Theatre, all interesting things to see in Gothenburg. On the way you will also find more Gothenburg attractions like the Grand Theatre and the city library. Here you can enjoy a good coffee or eat at one of their restaurants. Look to the many city parks if you'd like stuff to do in Gothenburg in the open air. The best known are Slottsskogen, known as the Castle Forest, and Vasaparken, a park where the University of Gothenburg is located. We must also mention Trädgårdsföreningen Park, the botanical garden, and the Söderlingska Park, all noted for their stunning natural beauty.
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