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Travel Guide

Skansen Kronan which includes a park, views and a city

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

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Södra Hamngatan 59, Gothenburg
The price is ¥11,837 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

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 Gothenburg ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,810 reviews)

"Entrence from hotel to spa was great. Breakfast very good but missed wipped cream to pancakes. No moistiring face cream in bathroom. Room and hotel overall was a bit cold."…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
4.5 out of 5
Drottningtorget 10, Gothenburg
The price is ¥12,551 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24

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

4.3/5Excellent! (2,208 reviews)
Summer 2020

"It was a good stay as usual. Never been disapointed. The breakfast was great and they had managed the tables after the restrictions for Cov-19 perfectly. The bar on the outside is a gem while the sun is up! Perfect ”hook-up place” where you meet all kind of people... and the roof top with its pool ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
Hotel Poseidon
Hotel Poseidon
3.5 out of 5
Storgatan 33, Gothenburg
The price is ¥9,212 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Located in Centrum, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Avenyn, Gothenburg City Museum, and Gothenburg Museum of Art. Nya Ullevi Stadium and Gothenburg ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (950 reviews)
Consistent quality

"My second time to stay here. Lovely rooms, nice staff, and great location. I will probably stay here next time too!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

Hotel Poseidon
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Clarion Collection Hotel Mektagonen
Clarion Collection Hotel Mektagonen
3.5 out of 5
Falkenbergsgatan 3, Gothenburg
The price is ¥11,208 per night from Apr 30 to May 1

Located in Centrum, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Carlanderska Hospital, Liseberg Amusement Park, and Universeum. Scandinavium and Poseidon Statue ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,006 reviews)

"The staff and breakfast was great! The hotel walls were a little thin at times but I did stay on New Year's Eve. Nonetheless, I had an overall great stay!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Clarion Collection Hotel Mektagonen
La Mare Resort
La Mare Resort
3.5 out of 5
7 Järnmalmsgatan, Brygga B, Gothenburg, Göteborg
The price is ¥21,072 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Lundby, this houseboat is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Gota Canal and within 3 mi (5 km) of Liseberg Amusement Park and Nya Ullevi Stadium. Gothenburg University ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Fin husbåt

"Kul att bo på husbåt."…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

La Mare Resort
Göteborgs Camping Lilleby
Göteborgs Camping Lilleby
3 out of 5
Lillebyvägen 100, Torslanda, Torslanda
The price is ¥11,276 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Situated on the boardwalk, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Archipelago of Gothenburg, Volvo Cars Torslanda Factory, and Volvo Museum. Lilla Varholmen Ferry ...

3.8/5Good! (127 reviews)

"Really nice staff. Caravan/cabin was pretty modern but not much in the way of appliances. Reception hours are different to what Expedia and camp ground website claims"…"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2018

Göteborgs Camping Lilleby
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Feb 19, 2020

Quite Cool

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Dec 20, 2019

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

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Dec 20, 2019

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

4/5 - Good

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Oct 27, 2019

Busy city in Sweden.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 21, 2019

It’s a lively place with very kind people

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 9, 2019

Very friendly people- pretty clean city, also

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