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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.
Haga is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Gothenburg. The pedestrian street Haga Nygata is lined with well-preserved houses, many in the characteristic Gothenburg style called “landshövdingehus” with one floor in brick and the rest in wood. Today they house plenty of independent shops and cafés.
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.
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.
Explore the city using the waterways
Gothenburg has in many ways been shaped by its closeness to the sea, and the river and waterways are present throughout the city. They also offer a great view of the squares, parks and buildings, so try exploring the canals in a kayak, on a stand up paddle-board or with the sightseeing tours Ocean Bus and Paddan.
Try out the local craft beer
Check out the craft breweries that have popped up around town and try some of the local brews.
Experience the 1700s aboard the Swedish Ship Götheborg
The Swedish Ship Götheborg is a replica of the East Indiaman that sank outside Gothenburg upon the return from China in 1745. Here, you can explore everything from captivating stories and the amazing art of shipbuilding, to knot-tying courses and culinary delights in a contemporary 18th century environment.
Explore the rainforest at Universeum
At Universeum you can find a rainforest, a huge aquarium and a variety of exotic animals and plants – all under one roof.
Shop for Gothenburg designs
Local clothing brands, second-hand items and interior design are just some of the many treasures you can find while exploring the city.
Indulge in seafood
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! Go to our restaurant page and find your new favourite place, whether you’d like to go all in on seafood or try something else.
Visit the Garden Society in the city centre
Just a stone’s throw from the city centre is the Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen) – one of the best preserved nineteenth-century parks in Europe. And a short tram ride away you’ll find Gothenburg Botanical Garden, a world class botanical garden with more than 16 000 different species of plants.
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Go for a sauna and a swim in Frihamnen
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!
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!
Credit: Peter Kvarnström
Landmarks like Poseidon and the Gothenburg Museum of Art were completed at the 300-year anniversary in 1923.Credit: Krister Engström
The view from the fortress Skansen Kronan is stunning.