Sweden's second biggest city is located on the west coast of Sweden, at the outlet of the Göta river. Gothenburg, once the center of the Swedish ship-building industry, has turned into a diverse and lively city full of Swedish design, food and culture. Offering both land and sea, city and nature, cobbled streets and industrial buildings revived to modern galleries and hip cafes; Gothenburg is one of Europe's top destinations.
BEST ATTRACTIONS IN GOTHENBURG
Go on a day tour of the Gothenburg archipelago
The archipelago of Gothenburg stretches along the coast and consist of over 20 islands. A 30-minute tram ride will take you from the city centre to Saltholmen. Enjoy the tram ride itself, and step out to view one of the most stunning sights.
You can go on to take the ferry boat to one of the beautiful islands and try the local seafood taverns, get to know the local black sheep and experience some traditional dancing.
Visit the Gothenburg Museum of Art
The Museum of Art houses remarkable works dating from the 15th century, and has one of the finest collections in Northern Europe with significant Nordic and international artwork. The museum has a 3-star ranking from Michelin Travel.
Take a waterside city tour
To explore Gothenburg from a waterside perspective, get in a classic "paddan boat" that takes you through the 17th century moats and canals, under low bridges and into the busy harbour.
Buy shrimps at Feskekôrka
The fish market hall Feskekôrka, (literally translated ''fish church'') is an indoor fish and shellfish market where you can buy all kinds of seafood delicacies.
The market hall was completed in 1874 to a design by the city architect, Viktor von Gegerfeldt. And yes, it actually looks like a church.
Go for coffee in Haga
The charming Haga quarter is the city's most historic district, full of wooden houses, cobbled streets, and a wonderful selection of cost cafes and small shops. Enjoy a fika, a warm and social coffee break, and try a giant cinnamon bun on Haga Nygata.
Sample the local food, music & nightlife
Visit one of Gothenburg's amazing restaurants. Seafood is a real specialty here, but Gothenburg also offers food trucks, Swedish cuisine and waterfront dining.
Find the nightlife around the square Järntorget and the streets Långgatorna. Down the Långgatorna, the ''long streets'', you start to see why Gothenburg has acquired the nickname "Little London".
Shop for Gothenburg designs
Local clothing brands, second-hand items, and interior furnishing are just some of the many treasures you can find while exploring the city.
Whether you are looking for small shops, flagship stores, or big malls, Gothenburg offers it all. Find a list with exciting design shops here.
Delve into a green oasis
Gothenburg is very green, and has lots of parks and gardens to enjoy.
In the heart of the city you can find Trädgårdsföreningen, the Garden Society of Gothenburg. This garden is one of the best preserved 19th century parks in Europe.
The main park, Slottsskogen, is a 137-hectare haven in the middle of the city, with playgrounds and picnic spots, as well as a year-round free petting zoo.
Close to it you can find the Botanical gardens, where you'll find 430 acres with around 16,000 species of plants in the different greenhouses and areas.
Have fun at the theme park or science centre
Visit Liseberg, Scandinavia's largest (and oldest) amusement park. Head-spinning rides, carousels and concerts are an essential part of summer.
Or go on safari at Universeum. There you can find a rainforest, a huge aquarium and a variety of exotic animals and plants – all under one roof.