It’s easy to get stuck for ideas when planning a trip to Gothenburg, Sweden. With must-see attractions and interesting sights in practically every corner of the city, here’s a little inspiration to help you along the way.
Read on to find out about the 10 top things to do in Gothenburg, Sweden:
1. Enjoy the rides at Liseberg
It doesn’t matter if you’re 10 or 85, you’re never too old for amusement parks. Liseberg has entertained the people of Gothenburg since 1923, so it’s safe to say they know what they are doing. Liseberg boasts one of the biggest roller coasters in the world, a free fall carousel, bumper cars, and many more attractions. Loke, the spinning gondola taking you 42 metres (137.8 ft) up in the air, is the latest addition but has already become a favourite with adrenaline addicts. The amusement park also holds concerts in the summer.
Address: Örgrytevägen 5, 402 22 Gothenburg
2. Explore the archipelago
Make the most out of Gothenburg’s seaside location by going on a boat ride in the stunning archipelago. Some tour operators offer high speed boats with guides on board, while certain hop-on hop-off bus tours also include boat trips. Want to take in the beauty of the archipelago for longer? Hop on a boat to Marstrand, a picturesque jetsetter destination. You could easily go there for a romantic lunch and head back to Gothenburg in the evening. Don’t forget your camera–the archipelago is full of lovely little islands with tiny doll-like houses.
Grand archipelago tour
Price: From 34 USD / 297.88 SEK
Website: Grand archipelago tour
3. Check out Masthugg Church
Masthugg Church is a must when visiting the Majorna neighbourhood. There are a couple of churches in the vicinity, but Masthugg is undoubtedly the most famous and became a known landmark immediately after its completion in 1914. The church is open for visits during daytime on the weekdays. But don’t despair if you’d rather come here in the evening, nothing beats a picnic on the church grounds overlooking the Gothenburg harbour.
Address: Storebackegatan 15, 413 18 Gothenburg
Website: Masthugg Church
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4. Stroll the Botanical Garden
Do you know your rhododendrons from your dahlias? There’s only one way to find out. Visit the mind-blowing Botanical Garden! It’s free to enter the garden, but the on-site green houses charge a small fee. Instead of exploring the whole garden of 175 hectares / 432.4 acres (cultivated with some 15,000 species…), there are various paths to choose from. Whatever you do, don’t miss the beautiful Japanese valley at the north end of the park.
Gothenburg Botanical Garden
Address: Carl Skottsbergs gata 22A, 413 19 Gothenburg
Website: Gothenburg Botanical Garden
5. Visit the fish market
Gothenburg’s everlasting love for seafood is manifested in Feskekôrka, the city’s famous fish market. It’s not your ordinary tourist attraction, but truly a sight to behold for any visitor. Soak up the bustling atmosphere and check out the amazing choice of freshly caught fish and seafood. When hunger gets the best of you, there are a couple of restaurants here and if you’re on a budget it’s possible to buy a take-away box of goodies from the sea.
Address: Fisktorget 4, 411 20 Gothenburg
6. Spend a day at Universeum
Why not take the opportunity to learn a thing or two about the world while in Gothenburg? Scandinavia’s biggest science centre will be a fun day out for everyone, as it allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you can conquer an actual rainforest with sloths and everything, and enter enormous aquariums where rays swim right over your head. There is also a space section and a tech centre where visitors get to bring out their inner inventor.
Address: Södra Vägen 50, 400 20 Gothenburg
7. Discover the bohemian district of Haga
Haga Nygata, the main street of Haga, has become a symbol for this quirky area bursting with character. This is where you want to take your holiday selfies, trust us. It’s actually one of Gothenburg’s oldest neighbourhoods, with its pretty wooden houses kept intact. If independent cafés, second-hand shops and outdoor terraces sound like your cup tea, then Haga is an excellent choice. A Swedish ‘fika’ (coffee and pastries) break is a must!
Address: Haga, 411 22 Gothenburg
8. Get cultural at Gothenburg Museum of Art
Plan to spend at least a couple of hours in the splendid Museum of Art. Centrally located by Avenyn, this six floor museum is one of the most popular attractions in Gothenburg. For as little as a few dollars you get to enjoy art by Picasso, Rembrandt, Henry Moore as well as famous Nordic artists including Edvard Munch and Anders Zorn. What’s more, your ticket gives you entry to several other museums in Gothenburg.
Gothenburg Museum of Art
Address: Götaplatsen 6, 412 56 Gothenburg
Website: Gothenburg Museum of Art
9. Take in the views from Skansen Kronan
The fortress of Skansen Kronan from the 1600s now functions as a conference and party venue, rather than protecting the city. In fact, Skansen Kronan was never attacked, which probably is a good thing as the citizens of today get to behold this beautiful fortress. Located on a hill, it’s hard to find better views of Gothenburg, which is why people tend to gather here especially in summer. Enjoying a scoop of home-made ice cream from the café is the perfect way to while away the afternoon.
Address: 436 50 Gothenburg
Website: Skansen Kronan
10. Experience the Horticultural Gardens
Few European cities love its parks and gardens as much as Gothenburg does. But then again, few cities actually boast as many extraordinary parks as Gothenburg does. The spectacular Horticultural Gardens provides an escape from reality, with its exotic 19th century palm house and a magical rose garden housing more than 1,200 kinds of roses. Why not grab a latte from the garden café and enjoy a long walk around the gardens?
Address: Slussgatan 1, 411 06 Gothenburg
Website: Horticultural Gardens
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