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  • Midsummer in Gothenburg

    Foto: Agneta Thorsén

    Midsummer marks the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. It's the largest holiday celebration in Sweden, apart from Christmas, and is strongly associated with summer and the traditional dance around the maypole.

    In 2013, Midsummer Eve is celebrated on June 21. The typical food on the day is pickled herring, with new potatoes and sour cream. This is enjoyed with a snaps of the Scandinavian spirit Akvavit and strawberries for dessert. It's also tradition to make your own wreaths of flower, to wear on your head. You find celebrations, with a classic maypole, on several locations in and around Gothenburg.

    Midsummer in the park

    Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and head to the Midsummer celebrations in the city park Slottsskogen or The Garden Society. Celebrate with traditional Swedish folk dance, songs and games right in the middle of the city.


    The park Slottsskogen is located west of the city centre. The maypole is raised at the large grass field at 16:00, together with a team of folk dancers.

    The Garden Society

    The Garden Society has a traditional Midsummer celebration in a 19th century setting. Take part in wreath binding and dance around the maypole between 11:00 and 16:00.

    Midsummer celebrations in Jonsered

    Midsummer celebrations in Jonsered, near Gothenburg has grown to become one of the major Midsummer celebrations in area. The maypole is raised at 15:00, accompanied with music and dancing. There is also a Tivoli with rides for the children.

    Midsummer at the castle

    Enjoy a festive midsummer and head out to one of the castles near Gothenburg. Here you can celebrate all day long with wreath binding, dance around the maypole and children's activities.

    Tjolöholm Castle

    Bring the whole family and enjoy a Swedish midsummer at Tjolöholm Castle on June 21-22. Dance around the maypole and enjoy performances. There are also rides and a bouncy castle for children. The festivities take place from 12:00 to 16:00 on June 21 and from 13:00 to 16:00 on June 22.

    Gunnebo House and Gardens

    Midsummer will be celebrated, according to tradition, at Gunnebo between 12:00 and 17:00. The maypole is raised at 13:00 followed by activities such as folk dance, pony rides and horseshoe throwing.

    Nääs Castle

    Nääs Castle has a full programme of activities throughout the weekend. In the morning on Midsummer Eve, everyone is welcome to help preparing the maypole. The celebrations start at 17:00, with games, folk music and traditional Swedish dances throughout the evening.

    Midsummer in the archipelago

    Experience the wonderful west coast of Sweden and celebrate Midsummer in the archipelago. Styrsö and Öckerö are just a few of the islands that invite you to dance, sing and celebrate around the maypole.

    Styrsö Bratten

    If you want to experience midsummer in the car-free part of the archipelago, head over to the island Styrsö and the village Bratten. The celebrations start at 16:00.


    The Midsummer party at Öckerö in the northern archipelago is held at the local homestead. You can take part in the traditional dance around the maypole and listen to live music. The celebrations start at 14:00.