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  • Gothenburg – Best value destination

    Lonely Planet picks Gothenburg as one of the hottest and best value destinations for 2013. The guidebook giant recommends the characteristic neighbourhood Haga, the art space Röda Sten and the southern archipelago, among other things.

    Each year Lonely Planet publishes a prestigious Best in Travel guide listing the hottest travel trends. In the 2013 edition you find Gothenburg, along with cities like Rio de Janeiro and countries like Slovenia and Cambodia, in the category Best Value Destinations. Lonely Planet started publishing guidebooks in the 70s and their travel guides are must haves for travellers.

    In its 2013 guide, Lonely Planet says that Gothenburg is good value if you know where to look. They suggest you look beyond the main boulevard Kungsportsavenyn and visit the characteristic neighbourhood Haga and Kvarnbyn. The giant also recommends the edgy art space Röda Sten, picnic-friendly views from Keillers Park and daytrips in the car-free southern archipelago. Lonely Planet sums it up by concluding that this is as much Scandinavia as you can get for your money.

    Five budget favourites

    We agree with Lonely Planet that Gothenburg is a good value destination and there are great ways to get your money to last longer. We have handpicked five budget-friendly ideas.

    40 SEK, 5 museums and 1 year

    For only 40 SEK you get free entrance to five different museums: The Gothenburg Museum of Art, The Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg City Museum, The Maritime Museum and Aquarium and Gothenburg Natural History Museum. This is only 8 SEK per museum and you can save your ticket for later and come back again later during the year to see more exhibitions.

    Michelin gastronomy for less

    Do you like gastronomy and would like to try one of Gothenburg’s Michelin restaurants? If your budget does not allow a full evening of tasting menus and wine pairing, go earlier in the day and eat for less. At restaurant Fond at Götaplatsen you can enjoy lunch for 135 SEK on Thursdays and Fridays. A world-class experience for both tummy and wallet.

    Archipelago cruise for only 24 SEK

    Exploring the car-free southern archipelago is easy and very good value. For 24 SEK you get a taste of salty sea, barren cliffs and picturesque coastal villages. This is the price of a ticket for the public transport and you can go by tram and ferry, on the same ticket, all the way from central Gothenburg to islands like Donsö, Brännö and Styrsö.

    Scandinavia’s largest amusement park for less than 100 SEK

    At Liseberg you only pay 90 SEK entrance fee, no matter if it’s a concert night or not (although rides are not included). Stars like Veronica Maggio, Lenny Kravitz, Alice Cooper, Håkan Hellström and Ringo Starr have all been performing on the stage at Liseberg lately. In mid-November the park opens up in full winter costume with a large Christmas market and plenty of decorative lights.

    Drinks and food at Andra Långgatan

    Are you on a limited budget but want to grab some food and drinks? Head for the Linné district and the street Andra Långgatan. Here you will find a number of good value pubs and restaurants where you can get everything from Indian and Thai food to pub grub and prices are generally lower than in other parts of the city. On Fridays you can look for places offering an “after work” deal. That usually means good prices and might even include a small complementary buffet.