GothenburgSweden

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Visit Gothenburg

With its wide streets and waterways, fascinating maritime history, seafood smorgasbords and many parks and museums, this easygoing city is well worth exploring.

The city’s cobblestoned streets and canals evoke comparisons to Amsterdam. This is no coincidence: Dutch immigrants were responsible for the fortification and layout of Gothenburg (Göteborg) because they established the city in 1621. The wide thoroughfares are compared to Parisian boulevards. Locals call their city “little London” because of its parks, cultural appeal and nightlife.

You can fly to Gothenburg in western Sweden, take the ferry from Frederikshavn in Denmark or make a canal cruise from the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Once there, getting around is easiest by tram, bicycle or taxi. Parking spaces in the compact city center are rare and expensive, but if you purchase the Gothenburg City Card you get free public transportation, parking and admission to attractions.

Near Gustav Adolf’s Square is the Kronhuset, the historic City Hall which is now a crafts center. Visit the nearby 18th-century City Museum (Stadsmuseum) with its Viking ship or the Maritime Museum and Aquarium in the port to learn about Sweden’s long seafaring history. Admire the church-like design of the Feskekôrka (Fish Market) and order fresh seafood.

A Poseidon statue towers over the city’s main hubs, Götaplatsen and Avenyn, which are hot spots for culture, shopping and nightlife.

Gothenburg is close to the Arctic Circle and it becomes a magical place when covered in snow. During the festive season, thousands of sparkling lights brighten the streets and Christmas markets.

The cold winters are dark, but the short summers have long daylight hours. Starting in June, alfresco restaurants and bars pop up and cruises operate on the Göta Canal. Visit Slottsskogen city park’s free zoo with Nordic animals around lunchtime to see seals and penguins being fed. Children will also love the rides in Liseburg Amusement Park.

To see a little more of Sweden’s southwest, drive to the ruins of Bohus Fortress in nearby Kungälv.

Gothenburg is regarded as a more relaxed and cheaper alternative to Stockholm and a good base for exploring Sweden’s western coastal archipelago.

Where to stay in Gothenburg

Liseberg Amusement Park which includes a city and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Centrum

4.5/5Wonderful!(175 area reviews)

Museums, historic sites, and theme parks highlight some notable features of Centrum. Make a stop by Gothenburg Museum of Art or Universeum while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Berzeliigatan Tram Stop or Korsvägen Tram Stop to get around town.

Centrum
I stood here for about one hour just to get the shot I wanted. It was just below 0 °C so I was freezing, luckily there are several Cafe's here so after I got the shots I got inside and got myself some hot coffee. There's also a cool record store here called "Bengans", one of the few that are left, definitely worth a visit!

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Majorna-Linne

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

Majorna-Linne is well-liked for its monuments and spas. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Stena Line Germany Terminal and Gota Canal are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Fjällgatan Tram Stop or Kaptensgatan Tram Stop to get around.

Majorna-Linne
A beautiful sunset over Gothenburg!

Örgryte-Härlanda

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

The bars and museums are just a few things visitors like about Örgryte-Härlanda. Gota Canal and Nostalgicum Museum are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Welandergatan Tram Stop or Töpelsgatan Tram Stop to get around the larger area.

Örgryte-Härlanda
At the intersection of Victoria Street / Vasagatan is one of Gothenburg's most remarkable houses. It was built in 1890 and designed by H Hedlund and Y Rasmussen on behalf of SA Hedlund family. On the facade there are several large frescoes made by Torvald Rasmussen. Santas representing the family members and their occupations - book printer, photographer, architect, etc.

Vasastaden

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Appreciated for its restaurants and museums, you might consider exploring Vasastaden. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Haga Church, and jump on the metro at Vasa Viktoriagatan Tram Stop or Vasaplatsen Tram Stop to get around the city.

Vasastaden
Lundby, Gothenburg, Sweden

Lundby

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Bars, river views, and spas highlight some notable features of Lundby. Make a stop by Backaplan or Gota Canal while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Wieselgrensplatsen Tram Stop or Rambergsvallen Tram Stop to get around town.

Lundby
Storm coming in.

Hovås

Travelers like the golf courses in Hovås, and Gothenburg Golf Club is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Hovås

Top Hotels in Gothenburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Gothia Towers
Gothia Towers
4.5 out of 5
Mässans Gata 24, Gothenburg
¥8,738
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

This family-friendly Gothenburg hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Universeum and Liseberg Amusement Park. Museum of World Culture ...

4.3/5Excellent! (12,511 reviews)

"Great location with amazing views, friendly staff!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2019

Gothia Towers
Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
4 out of 5
Drottningtorget 10, Gothenburg
¥12,578
per night
Feb 10 - Feb 11

Located in Centrum, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's Square and Nya Ullevi Stadium. Liseberg Amusement Park and Scandinavium are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,017 reviews)

"We stayed here as a guest with the Vovlo overseas delivery program, and stayed 2 extra nights to visit Gothenburg. The hotel and staff were excellent in every way! Best location and service. The breakfast is very good! I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Södra Hamngatan 59, Gothenburg
¥11,454
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in Centrum, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alfie Atkins Cultural Centre and Nya Ullevi Stadium. Liseberg Amusement Park and Scandinavium ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8,336 reviews)

"Very modern, clean and friendly. Breakfast is good! Over all a very nice place!! Recommend"…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Popular things to do in Gothenburg

Liseberg Amusement Park
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Liseberg Amusement Park

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Classic rides, a freefall at top speed, lively dance halls, restaurants and a botanical garden attract people of all ages to Gothenburg’s inner-city amusement park.

Universeum
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Universeum

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Explore an indoor rainforest, create your own superhero or sit on a real space toilet in the largest science museum in Scandinavia.

Poseidon Statue
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Poseidon Statue

4.5/5(33 reviews)

One of Gothenburg’s most famous landmarks stands proudly in the city’s main square, protecting sailors and fishermen and attracting photographers.

Gothenburg University
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Gothenburg University

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe at Gothenburg University during your stay in Lorensberg. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Castle Forest
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Castle Forest

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Browse the natural history museum, visit a zoo, dance at the pavilion or simply relax in one of the many secluded areas in Gothenburg’s largest green space. 

Fish Market
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Fish Market

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Buy freshly caught herring or smoked salmon for a picnic or have the seafood cooked for you and brought to your table in this lively church-like trading hall. 

Top activities in Gothenburg

Gothenburg Pass
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Gothenburg Pass

¥4,570

All of Gothenburg in your hand – save time and money with the Gothenburg Pass. You can choose to purchase a card for 24 h, 48 h, 72 h or 120 h. The Gothenburg Pass gives you free admission to over 30 sights and attractions including sightseeing tours and unlimited travel with the green Hop On-Hop Off buses.

Gothenburg Small Group Walking Tour
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Gothenburg Small Group Walking Tour

¥4,956

Get an insight into the history of Gothenburg and its monuments on a relaxed and highly personalized small group walking tour. Venture through the city center in a group of no more than 10 people and see landmark attractions such as the indoor fish market of the Feskekôrka (“Fish Church”), so named due to its resemblance to a Gothic church.

Landvetter Airport Shared Departure Transfer
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Landvetter Airport Shared Departure Transfer

¥1,493

Travel from any of the stops listed in Gothenburg City bus stop to Landvetter Airport. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.

Landvetter Airport Shared Arrival Transfer
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Landvetter Airport Shared Arrival Transfer

¥1,488

Travel from Landvetter Airport to any of the bus stops listed in Gothenburg City. There are two routes from Landvetter Aiport: First Route • Korsvagen • Park Aveny • Kungsportspl • Nils Ericson TermSecond Route • Lundaskog • Sandlid • Provn.

Gothenburg Small Group Walking Tour
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Gothenburg Small Group Walking Tour

¥5,065

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Gustavi Cathedral, Kyrkogatan, Gothenburg Sweden Domkyrke Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Fish Church, Rosenlundsgatan, Gothenburg 411 25 Sweden Fiskakyrke Food Market Duration: 15 minutes

Gothenburg Private Walking Tour
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Gothenburg Private Walking Tour

¥4,224

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Skansen Kronan, Skansberget, Gothenburg 402 33 Sweden Old fortress Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Haga Nygata, Gothenburg 31135 Sweden Famous Haha district Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: K

Reviews of Gothenburg

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 20, 2019

Charming, lively city with excellent dining, great public transportation, ease of walking, museums.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 20, 2019

Lively city! Would return during better weather. Great walking, eating. Loved museums, Palm House, botanical garden

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 27, 2019

Busy city in Sweden.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 21, 2019

It’s a lively place with very kind people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 9, 2019

Very friendly people- pretty clean city, also

2/5 - Disappointing

JayJay

Sep 11, 2019

Dull Place. Nothing exciting to see. Overpriced Hotels. Rains all the time! Not a Vacationing place. Only Volvo Factory is there. Who Cares?

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