1. Five museums for 40 SEK.
The exhibition about the local music scene at the City Museum is one example of the many interesting events in Gothenburg right now. The museum has free entry for everyone under 25, but the yearly season-ticket for adults is only 40 SEK and includes admission to the Natural History Museum, the Maritime Museum and Aquarium, Gothenburg Museum of Art and the Röhsska Museum of design. The Museum of World Culture even has free entry for everyone.
The museums also offer free scheduled activities, tours and workshops in connection to the exhibitions. Make sure to check their websites to find out what's going on right now.
2. Budget sightseeing on the river.
A ferry ride is a great way to see the harbour and new neighbourhoods along the Northern banks of the river, Norra Älvstranden, between the bridges Älvsborgsbron and Göta Älvbron. The public service ferry Älvsnabben is running a frequent service between Lilla Bommen, Eriksberg and Klippan with several stops along the way. The ticket costs 28 SEK (the same as for bus and tram). Some ferries have seats on the rooftop and this is where you enjoy the best view. The ferry Älvsnabbare, between Stenpiren and Lindholmen, runs a free service on weekdays.
3. Explore the local parks and gardens.
The parks and gardens of Gothenburg, including Slottsskogen, the Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen) and the Botanical Gardens, have plenty to offer. Families with children will particularly enjoy Slottsskogen with its exciting playground Plikta and free zoo, featuring farm animals, seals, elks and more.
If you’re looking to stay in shape on a budget, the outdoor gyms of Gothenburg may be something for you. There are two of them close to the aforementioned playground Plikta, available to use free of charge.
There’s even more nature to experience if you visit the natural areas in and around Gothenburg. Go snorkelling at Stora Amundön, go for a walk in the beautiful nature reserve Änggårdsbergen or go grilling in Delsjön at the designated grilling spot.
4. Free concerts at the opera.
The Göteborg Opera offers free foyer concerts at noon on a few selected Saturdays and no pre-booking is necessary. Children will enjoy the free story foyer concert – also on Saturdays – where free tickets are released online the same week and need to be pre-booked. For more free (or very good-value) concerts check out the Academy of Music and Drama (Artisten, Fågelsången 1, close to Götaplatsen).
5. Explore the archipelago.
A great budget-friendly day trip goes to the southern part of the Gothenburg archipelago. It is within easy reach by tram and ferry, and you only need one ticket for 28 SEK to go the whole way from the city centre. Once there, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, picturesque villages and rugged nature. The islands in this part of the archipelago are car-free and suitable for long walks or bike tours – and in summer of course perfect fo beach life. Take your pick from islands like Brännö, Styrsö or Vrångö, and don't forget to bring a well-filled picnic basket.
6. The workshop and creative fun at Röda Sten Art Centre.
Röda sten Art Centre does not only offer interesting exhibitions, but also a creative activities for children and young people. The Art Lab is aimed at children from around 3 years in the company of an adult. The workshop space has the same opening hours as the art centre (closed Mondays) and is included in the entrance fee (40 SEK for adults). Admission is free for children and young adults. A special programme runs on Saturdays, where you can join activities under guidance of the staff. Free workshops are also available for young adults between 12 and 26 years of age.
7. Free events and entertainment.
Several annual events in Gothenburg offers free activities, workshops, concerts and entertainment. Take a look at Gothenburg Culture Festival (Göteborgs Kulturkalas) in August, the Science Festival in spring and most things during Kulturnatta in January. More free events can be found in our calendar.