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GothenburgSweden

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!(181 area reviews)

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

Centrum
A beautiful sunset over Gothenburg!

Örgryte-Härlanda

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Örgryte-Härlanda is well-liked for its bars and museums. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Gota Canal and Härlanda tjärns badplats are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Welandergatan Tram Stop or Töpelsgatan Tram Stop to get around.

Örgryte-Härlanda
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
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
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

5/5Exceptional!(4 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
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
Avalon Hotel
Avalon Hotel
4 out of 5
Kungstorget 9, Gothenburg
¥11,551
per night
Apr 9 - Apr 10

Located in Centrum, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kungsgatan, Liseberg Amusement Park, and Nya Ullevi Stadium. Scandinavium and Universeum are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,096 reviews)

"Loved it! The breakfast and restaurant were amazing"…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Avalon Hotel
Gothia Towers
Gothia Towers
4.5 out of 5
Mässans Gata 24, Gothenburg
¥12,268
per night
Apr 9 - Apr 10

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! (13,151 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2019

Gothia Towers
Quality Hotel 11
Quality Hotel 11
4 out of 5
Maskingatan 11, Gothenburg
¥8,753
per night
Apr 10 - Apr 11

Located in Eriksberg, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gota Canal and Stena Line Germany Terminal. Teater Aftonstjarnan and Lindholmen Science Park are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,448 reviews)

"The building is interesting and full of character being a former shipyard engine hall. The bar has great views over the river and the area is nice, even in a chilly winter. The hotel is large and quite open, it was quiet when we were there but I could imagine it could get quite noisy if it was full? ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Quality Hotel 11

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(24 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

Göteborg Walking & Photography Tour
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Göteborg Walking & Photography Tour

¥10,137
Per adult
Small-Group Göteborg By Night Photography Walking Tour
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Small-Group Göteborg By Night Photography Walking Tour

¥12,271
Per adult
Discover Gothenburg's Nightlife with a Local
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Discover Gothenburg's Nightlife with a Local

¥12,564
Per adult
Photogenic Gothenburg with a Local
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Photogenic Gothenburg with a Local

¥6,879
Per adult
Historical Walk through Gothenburg with a Local
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Historical Walk through Gothenburg with a Local

¥8,771
Per adult
Architectural Walk of Gothenburg with a Local
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Architectural Walk of Gothenburg with a Local

¥7,467
Per adult

Reviews of Gothenburg

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
74
5 - Excellent 57.8125%
4 - Good
44
4 - Good 34.375%
3 - Okay
8
3 - Okay 6.25%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 1.5625%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Jerome

Feb 19, 2020

Quite Cool

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

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