Culture and fun combined
The museums of Gothenburg are superb, and you could easily spend a whole day at many of them. If you’re travelling with kids, try the Universeum Science Centre or the Museum of World Culture right next door. Both are huge hits with kids, and while the Universeum Science Centre does charge an entrance fee, the Museum of World Culture is free!
And you should definitely check out the Gothenburg Museum of Art, it has one of the finest collections of art in Northern Europe.
Shopping – a different kind of splash
Another favourite when it rains tends to be shopping, and in Gothenburg you’re almost spoilt for choice when it comes to indoor shopping malls. Choose between the iconic and department store Nordiska Kompaniet, the largest shopping centre in the city Nordstan or try the slightly smaller Arkaden.
Whatever you choose, you’re never far away from the city centre and it’s easy to walk between the different malls, hopefully without getting soaked!
Treat yourself to a Swedish fika
Museum- and shopping tours demand a fair bit of walking, so make sure you give yourself some time to relax and recharge. There’s no better way to do that than to sit down at one of the many cosy cafés around the city! The Swedish “fika” culture is alive and well in Gothenburg and you’ll find everything from traditional pastries and lattes to raw food snacks and pour over coffee.
Swedish Fika in Gothenburg
The Swedish tradition ”fika” (meaning to take a break, sit down with a friend for a cup of coffee and some baked goods) has become a world-wide sensation. And for good reason. Visit the cafés in Gothenburg and see for yourself why the concept of “fika” is so cherished in Sweden.
Av: Anders Storm
Thrilling VR worlds or a relaxing spa day
When it rains sideways it is nice to recharge your batteries indoors. Maybe by going to a spa, like Hagabadet Drottningtorget, where exercise, spa treatments and baths offer relaxation. If you’d rather spend your rainy day exploring new worlds, VR World Göteborg offers exciting games and thrilling experiences through virtual reality.
The world’s best city when it rains
On average, it rains every third day in Gothenburg. That’s why the city aims to become one of the best cities in the world when it comes to dealing with downpour. Not only by utilising clever techincal solutions, but also by taking advantage of the unique experiences that rain can offer. One example is the rain playground in the park Renströmsparken. The project Rain Gothenburg is part of the Gothenburg 2021 400th anniversary celebration.
Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary
In 2021, Gothenburg will be 400 years old. To celebrate this, the city intends to make Gothenburg an even better place. In 2021, there was a smaller-scale celebration of the official birthday, while Gothenburgers and visitors alike are invited to join in a large anniversary programme during 2023.