More laid-back than Stockholm, Sweden’s second city boasts neoclassical architecture, canals and plenty of open spaces to enjoy. The extensive tram network makes getting around the city a breeze. Water plays a major role in the lives of locals. Gothenburg’s pride and joy are the twenty idyllic islands…
More laid-back than Stockholm, Sweden’s second city boasts neoclassical architecture, canals and plenty of open spaces to enjoy. The extensive tram network makes getting around the city a breeze. Water plays a major role in the lives of locals. Gothenburg’s pride and joy are the twenty idyllic islands of the archipelago that hugs the coastline, while the city's port is the largest in the Nordic countries. The local municipality’s River City redevelopment plan aims to convert former industrial areas into attractive waterfront residential and commercial districts. To delve further into the city’s relationship with water, simply hop on one of the many boat trips and see for yourself. A Swedish summer can be surprisingly warm, so Gothenburg offers plenty of outdoor activities, from the popular Liseberg theme park to the car-free islands of the southern archipelago. One Swedish tradition you must sample is fika, a break locals take in their day to sit down with friends for coffee and something sweet. You’re never far from a café in Gothenburg, though we recommend slowing down to enjoy your fika in the cobbled streets of Haga, Gothenburg’s old town.
Discover the history of one of Sweden’s most iconic brands.
Located on the waterfront just a few miles from Volvo Cars global headquarters, the museum showcases Volvo’s cars and safety innovations from the 1920s to the present day. Volvo's history is about far more than just cars, so you'll also find one-off prototypes, buses, trucks, marine engines and construction equipment on display.
The unique gift shop offers ideal gifts for the car lover in your life, including collectors' models and classic posters.
Gain a deeper understanding of Sweden’s second city inside the grand setting of the Swedish East India Company’s 18th-century headquarters.
Permanent exhibitions tell the story of the Vikings—centered on the remnants of the Äskeskärrsskeppet Viking ship found in the waters off Gothenburg—and how the Dutch helped to establish the city in the 1600s. A new exhibition profiles the history of Gothenburg’s music scene from the 1950s to today.
The small entrance fee also gives you access to the Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg Art Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Museum of Natural History.
An active cathedral with several services throughout the day, Gothenburg Cathedral is actually the fourth place of worship to stand on this site at the heart of the city.
A temporary stave church stood here while the first cathedral was built in the very early days of the city. The cathedral was rebuilt following a devastating fire in 1721, and again in 1802.
The interior is decorated in a simple, classical style and although the organ was updated in the 1960s, it retains the original white and gold facade.
These car-free islands are so idyllic you’ll think they were put here by design. The only way to reach the archipelago is by the hourly passenger ferry from Saltholmen, which you can easily reach from the city center by tram.
The beaches and well-preserved village on Asperö, the ideal walking conditions on Halsö, Hönö's popular marina with several dining possibilities and the lighthouse and Taube Museum of Vinga are just some of your options.
If time is tight, stay on the ferry for a roundtrip and a glimpse of all the islands.
Wander the cobbled streets to soak up the 19th-century atmosphere of Gothenburg’s oldest district. Formerly a working-class neighborhood, Haga’s wooden houses have been repurposed as independent shops and cafés with a cosmopolitan vibe.
While the cafés are a little more expensive here than in other parts of the city, the setting makes a stop worthwhile. For unique souvenirs, check out the area’s many antique and thrift shops.
Your trip to Haga is easy to combine with a visit to Skansen Kronan fortress (beware the steep steps!) or the Natural History Museum.
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