1. Visit Europe’s best amusement park Liseberg

Liseberg amusement park is one of Sweden’s most visited tourist attractions and in 2023, the park won the award as Europe’s best amusement park. The park features some world-class thrill rides, a beautiful garden and several popular restaurants. There is plenty to discover in the event district around Liseberg and many of Gothenburg’s popular family hotels are located here.

Explore the cosy shops and cafés around street Haga Nygata. Credit: Peter Kvarnström

2. Take a ‘Swedish Fika’ break in Haga

This charming neighbourhood has a wonderful selection of cafés and small artisan shops. You might like to try a giant cinnamon bun on Haga Nygata.

Check out the impressive Nordic collections and contemporary exhibitions at Gothenburg Museum of Art. Credit: Peter Kvarnström/Göteborg & Co

3. Visit the splendid Gothenburg Museum of Art

The museum has three stars in Michelin’s Green Guide and houses impressive Nordic collections dating from the 15th century, among other works of art.

Fotö is one of many lovely islands to visit. Credit: Happy Visuals/Göteborg & Co

4. Take a day trip to the Gothenburg archipelago

You can get to the characteristic granite cliffs and picturesque fishing villages in less than an hour from the city centre, and the archipelago is easy to reach.

Climb the steps to fortress Skansen Kronan and enjoy stunning views of the city.

5. Take in the city view from Skansen Kronan

Enjoy the stunning view from Skansen Kronan, the fortress from the 1690s located in Haga. The fortress has been used as a prison, emergency residency and a museum. From the hill you can see for miles and it’s a perfect picnic spot!

A bar with beer taps at Poppels Citybryggeri in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The brewery Poppels has two tap rooms and restaurants in Gothenburg, this is their central locations Poppels Citybryggeri. Credit: Peter Kvarnström/Göteborg & Co

6. Try Gothenburg’s local craft beer

Gothenburg is one of Europe’s hottest hubs for craft beer and several of the city’s breweries are among the best in the world. Check out the craft breweries that have popped up around town and try some of the local brews.

Credit: Peter Kvarnström/Göteborg & Co

7. Explore the ocean, rainforest and space at Universeum Science Centre

Universeum houses an entire rainforest, an aquarium hall with exotic fish and sharks, lots of exotic animals and plants – all under one roof. The centre also shows exciting exhibitions and incredible 3D films at Sweden’s largest visualization dome Wisdome.

The area around Magasinsgatan is the perfect spot to shop for Swedish design and vintage gems. Credit: Peter Kvarnström/Göteborg & Co

8. Shop Swedish design and vintage fashion

Local clothing brands, second-hand items and interior design are just some of the many treasures you can find while exploring the city. Take a look at our guides to the shopping areas around Magasinsgatan and the Majorna area, where there are lots of vintage and second-hand shops.

The iconic seafood market hall Feskekörka re-opens in spring 2024.

9. Fresh fish and seafood straight from the ocean

Fish and shellfish is a real speciality in the port city of Gothenburg. Shrimp sandwiches, newly caught fish in classic and modern dishes, clams and oysters – the selction is huge! The iconic seafood market hall Feskekörka opens in spring 2024 – don’t miss a visit when you’re in town!

Interior of the greenhouse The Palmhouse in Gothenburg.
The Palmhouse in The Garden Society host tropical plants and flowers. Credit: Anders Storm/Göteborg & Co

10. Visit world-class parks and gardens

Just a stone’s throw from Gothenburg’s central station is Trädgårdsföreningen, one of Europe’s best-preserved 19th-century parks. At the other end of town you will find the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, a world-class botanical garden with over 20,000 species to admire and the popular city park Slottsskogen. If you want to go on an excursion outside the city center, there are many places to visit with impressive parks and gardens such as Gunnebo Castle, Tjolöholm Castle and Jonsered Gardens

Up for more? Here are some bonus tips:

Taste your way through the market hall Saluhallen

The market hall at Kungstorget has been the place to go for food and delicacies since the mid 19th century. Today, the market hall is home to a wide range of stalls selling cheeses, meats, vegetables and more, as well as a number of restaurants.

Visit Götaplatsen

Götaplatsen, inaugurated for the World’s fair in 1923 and the home of Poseidon and his neighbours the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the  City Theatre and the Concert Hall, has become a signature view of Gothenburg. Architecture, culture and history all in one!

History and artisanal goods at Kronhuset

Kronhuset and Kronhusbodarna dates back to the 17th century, and the buildings are some of Gothenburg’s oldest. Browse the studios and galleries of local artists for everything from chocolate to fine art.