15 Best Things to Do in Gothenburg

15 Best Things to Do in Gothenburg

The second largest city of Sweden, Gothenburg is slowly attaining popularity. Since it is a maritime city, it has several well maintained and well planned ports from the beginning of the 17th century when Swedish Empire had substantial power.

In contemporary period, the city is known for its scenic beaches and archipelago that offers several water activities such as sailing, lobster fishing, seal safari and lot more.

This is also a prominent place where the food lovers can be sated as the city offers a plethora of seafood, some of them just unique to the designated place.

The journey does not stop to the picturesque beaches and food centers; the city also has numerous museums for the visitors who would like to indulge in the past. Gothenburg offers much needed respite from the humdrum of modern life.

A Treat for Bohemian Eyes

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Haga is an ancient district which dates back to the 17th century. The stone cobbled lanes are lines with a plethora of eccentric boutiques, cafes, shops and restaurants.

The place is located in the west side of the city, and is well known for its well- maintained and well preserved wooden houses which takes the visitors on a ride to a different era.

The air of this neighborhood is always filled with the smell of Swedish coffee. Haga is famous for its humongous cinnamon bun, called the Hagabullen which is a specialty of the area.

This place is a prominent shopping center for the local residents and the tourists as well as all sorts of unique artifacts such as the traditional Swedish toys and artisanal soaps are available here.

The Magic of Art

Gothenburg Museum of Art
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The Gothenburg Museum of Art is a sight to behold with its majestic architecture and impressive collection.

The museum was first opened in the year 1923 on the official day of Gothenburg’s International Exhibition, so that the day coincides.

The museum is said to be one of the finest in Europe, as the collection ranges from the beginning of the 15th century to the present century.

The paintings of famous artists such as Monet, Peder Severin Krøyer, Van Gogh, Anders Zorn, Gauguin, Chagall and Picasso are displayed in the gallery.

Visitors who are enamored with the Baroque and the renaissance will fall in love with the contributions of Rubens, van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens and Rembrandt.

Apart from this, the Museum hosts temporary exhibits, workshops, lectures, family activities and a lot more. There is also a shop and a café where visitors can grab a bite.

Garden of Exotic Plants

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Garden Society of Gothenburg was built in the 19th century and is one of the finest gardens of northern Europe which has efficiently preserved its charm.

The picturesque garden is filled with rows of exotic plants; the garden especially has a vast collection of roses which is an extraordinary sight during the blooming season.

The glass and iron clad palm house attracts visitors from all over the world since 1878 was inspired by London’s Crystal Palace.

There is an on- site café that dates back to 1874 and ancient buildings with historical significance.

To keep the kids occupied and joyous, the playground has swings, monkey bars, slides and secret trails to explore. Live music sessions and concerts are also conducted in the gardens throughout the year.

A Park for The Kid in You

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Just located in the outskirts of Gothenburg, Liseberg is the perfect place for a family outing as it is surrounded by wilderness and advanced rides which promise the utmost fun.

Regular concerts and Christmas market are also held on the grounds of the park. The Helix roller coaster is solely made of steel and is responsible for luring the tourists.

Balder is another rollercoaster, the main factor of this ride is that the tracks are made of wood, keeping the original form of rollercoasters intact. The park has something for every age group so that no one misses out on the fun quotient.

A Trip to Slottsskogen

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Slottsskogen brings people closer to the nature and its species. This family place covers an area of 338 acres, is has a mini zoo attached to a spectacular park filled with greenery.

Seals, moose, deer, penguins and Elk are abundantly present in the park. From April to September, the visitors also get an opportunity to play with the farm animals. A

part from this, the tourists can engage in other activities such as biking, jogging and playing golf in the miniature golf course.

There is also an on- site café which caters to the need of the people The open space is where concerts and festivals are held that lures people and music enthusiasts from all over the globe.

The Wall of Strength

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Located at a walking distance from the Haga Street, Skansen Kronan is the pride of the Swedish people.

The fort was built in the year 1679, to defend Sweden from Danish attacks. Even though the fort was never under attack, the fort has the capacity to sustain it which is very well depicted with the presence of massive canons.

The fort previously served as a prison as well as a museum for military.

At the present moment, the building houses a restaurant and a conference center. In the old army barracks, there is a summer café which sells delicious homemade cakes, ice cream and pastries.

The World of Science

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Universeum, encapsulates the animal world and the science world within itself. The museum is children friendly as it engages them in several educational activities.

To keep the minds of the adults occupied, there is laser work, forensic science and criminal science.

The indoor tropical rainforest is one of the main attractions of the Universeum. The visitors can closely examine different species of insect, birds, lizards, sloths and monkeys.

The magnificent ocean tank present over here shelters different types of sharks, especially sand tiger shark, eels, rays and swordfish. Another fun activity for the kids is the job lab where they attain the opportunity to play dress up.

The Floral Garden

 Gothenburg Botanical Garden
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Situated right at the center of the city of Gothenburg, the Gothenburg Botanical Garden covers an area of 432 acres. A sense of tranquility exudes from the rows of plants and cultivated gardens as it is part of the nature reserve.

The park has more than sixteen thousand species of plants, which includes several rare ones and it contains a vast number of orchids.

The greenhouse of the park also has the exotic plant from Easter Island which appeals to the tourists as it is no longer available in the wild.

Except from all these different species of plant, the park has a waterfall, Rhododendron Valley which is known for its kaleidoscopic colors and Japanese glade. During spring and summer the park is in full bloom which makes it appear like a part of paradise.

A Market for The Fishes

Fish Market in Feskekörka
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Feskekörka, is a market in Gothenburg which solely sells fishes.

The structure of the building has a close resemblance to a church and to make matters more interesting, the word “Feskekörka” translates to fish church. Gothenburg is a maritime city, hence it becomes mandatory to taste its seafood.

The unique feature of the fish market is that the building does not have any pillar and has been intact in the same condition from 1874.

Inside the gothic architecture there are two high end restaurants which serve excellent dishes. If the visitors want to take a dish at home, there is also take- out option.

Visit an Old Monument

City hall of Gothenburg
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The city hall of Gothenburg and the Kronhusbodarna area holds immense historical significance. The city hall was constructed in the 17th century.

The architecture of the building grabs the attention of the visitors as the outer side of the structure is made of red brick, but the inside tells a different story altogether, the interior is constructed with wood except for the ceiling.

The six story structure used to be a military base. The area is filled with similar structure which makes the place aesthetic enough to conduct a photography session. The adjacent street houses several cafes and boutiques.

Hop from One Island to Another

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Gothenburg is a maritime town which has a cluster of island, and each island provides a picturesque view of the ocean with its ever changing colors.

There are more than twenty islands scattered around the southern area, where a plethora of water activities are offered such as seal safari, sea- angling, sailing, boat excursions and lobster fishing.

The island of the southern part is more scattered and peaceful as it cannot be accessed by any vehicles.

The northern islands are all connected and can be commuted with cars. Byn, is the oldest village of Gothenburg dates back to 1752 and has antique shops, cafes, restaurants and guest houses for a night stay.

A Defensive Wall

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Älvsborg Fortress, is the glory of Sweden as it successfully prevented the enemies to capture the land.

The humongous fortress was built in the later part of the 17th century, and has been kept in the prefect state since then; repeated attacks were not successful to break the massive structure.

Located at the mouth of Göta älv, it takes approximately half an hour to reach the island on a ferry.

Due to its historical significance, ferry tours are conducted of the island as well as the fort. The detailed description of it is given in English and Swedish so that the tourists do not face any problem.

Apart from the scenic beauty and the historical themed tour, the island has a café, small shops from where the visitors can collect souvenirs, beautiful streets and restaurants. The tour of the fort can only be done in July and August.

A Museum of Cars

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One of the main attractions of Gothenburg is the Volvo museum as such an eccentric museum is not available anywhere else. Sweden’s second biggest export is done by the company Volvo.

The Museum is located near the Gothenburg city center and was inaugurated in the year 1927.

It showcases all forms of cars ever crafted by the Volvo Company, be it vintage or of the previous century and showcases aero vehicles, different types of trucks and ocean vehicles.

Another special aspect of the Volvo Museum is that it case display concepts f future cars and gives a detailed account of it.

The Museum of The Past

Interior of Gothenburg Natural History Museum
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Gothenburg Natural History Museum is a paradise for the history lovers who like to indulge in the past.

Since the museum was established in the 19th century and then again shifted in the 20th century at its current place, the museum has stuffed animals displayed which give an old school vibe.

One of the major attractions of the museum is the blue whale. The one that is displayed in the museum was washed up in the shore of Gothenburg in the year 1865.

The massive creature 50 feet long and it weighs about 25 tons. Previously, the visitors were allowed to entire the beast through the mouth, but due to some difficulties faced by the authorities that aspect is close.

Another humongous beast that is proudly displayed in the museum is the elephant from Africa, which weighs around six tons and is at least six meters high.

The museum consists of a spacewalk as well where all the planets are displayed and people can walk around the park to view them, the planet, Pluto is strategically placed at the far end corner of the park which is several kilometers away.

Visit Another Museum

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The city of Gothenburg is over burden by museums, another such museum that appeals to the visitors is the Aeroseum.

After the structure was constructed, it was kept away from the eyes of the public till the year 1990. Later in the year 2005, the space was converted into a museum where military aircrafts are displayed such as Saab 37 Viggen and Swedish-made fighter jets.

The visitors have the opportunity to even sit in the cockpit of the aircrafts and take a swipe of the control room.