Easter at Gothenburg hotels
Many hotels in Gothenburg have put together deals to help you make the most of your Easter holiday. Enjoy fluffy pillows, room service and lavish breakfast buffets, here are some of the Easter hotel offers.
At lovely Hôtel Eggers, the Easter offer includes a “welcome egg” in your room, an Easter drink and a three course meal. Read more at their website.
Gothia Towers is one of Europe’s biggest hotels with over 1200 rooms. It is located close to many of Gothenburg’s favourite attractions, including Universeum science centre. They have several Easter offers to choose from, check them out at their website.
Radisson Blu Scandinavia
Stay in the city centre at Radisson Blu Scandinavia. You’ve got the Garden society of Gothenburg right around the corner, and the shops and restaurants of the city centre at your feet. Hotel guests can buy tickets for an egg hunt at Alfie Atkins House Culture Centre April 13, 100 SEK / ticket, read more here, and e-mail email@example.com to book.
Travel 30 minutes north from Gothenburg and you will reach beautiful Thorskogs slott. Their Easter weekend offer includes a welcome drink, a three course meal and home made “fika” and breakfast. Find out more at their website.
Nääs fabriker is located east of the Gothenburg city centre, by the lake Sävelångan. Check out their easter offers at their website here.
Restaurang Tullhuset och Hotell Trubaduren
The archipelago of Gothenburg is a wonderful world of small islands, all worth exploring. Check out the northen islands by staying at Havskatten Hotell & Vandrarhem, they have an Easter offer together with restaurant Tullhuset, two great spots on the island of Hönö. Find more information at Tullhuset’s website.
Relax at a spa
Been working from home a lot? Had many days looking after children who were sick? Sounds like you need a day at the spa!
Hagabadet has three locations in Gothenburg, with the one located in cosy neighbourhood Haga being the most famous one.
If you fancy combining a hotel getaway and spa then there are several options as well, including Sankt Jörgen, Treetop Spa, Upper House Spa or Riverton Hotel and Spa.
At Arken Hotel & Art Garden Spa, your next door neighbour is the cliffs and ocean by the harbour of Gothenburg. During the school holidays, they offer famil spa deals between 9 am– 2 pm. Offers with or without accomodation are available. Read more at Arken’s website.
Seafood and michelin stars
We enjoy Easter dinner as much as the next guy, but if you’ve had enough of eggs and herring there are plenty of other options to choose from in Gothenburg.
Gothenburg is famous for its fish and seafood restaurants. Enjoy treats from the ocean at restaurants such as Sjömagasinet, Fiskekrogen or Vrå!
Reach for the stars by going to one of Gothenburg’s Michelin star-restaurants (there are five of them at the moment). Some have been on that famous list for decades, and some were added quite recently. The most recent addition was Project, which you will find at the street Södra vägen.
Seafood restaurants in Gothenburg
The Swedish West Coast is a well known paradise for fish lovers and Gothenburg, with its thriving fish harbour and celebrated restaurateurs, is no exception to the rule. Here is a list of our favourite places.
Explore the restaurant-boom in Majorna
Vibrant neighbourhood Majorna is in the middle of a restaurant boom, with several new openings in the last few years. Some of the must-visit spots include Diket on the street Karl Johansgatan (friendly, impressive and unpretentious), Pizzeria Paradiset, Hermanos Tacos, Tapasbaren, all located near Mariaplan, local brewery O/O’s pub O/O Bar at the street Bangatan, and restaurant and music venue and restaurant Skeppet at Stigberget.
Finally we have to give a shout out to Bang, by the foot of the hill Stigberget. Not technically Majorna, but close enough, and a restaurant well worth a visit for its creative kitchen and unique atmopshere.
Restaurants are opening all over town, not just in Majorna, and it can be hard to keep track of all the new spots. We’ve got your back, just check our guide to new restaurants in Gothenburg.
Majorna – cultural hotspot with a vibrant restaurant scene
Majorna has turned in to a cultural hot spot with restaurants, bars and shops aplenty. The neighbourhood derives much of its character from the typical Gothenburg houses called “landshövdingehus” that line the streets.
Family friendly restaurants
In truth, you could probably bring your children to any restaurant in Gothenburg and have a good time, but some are extra popular among younger visitors. In our guide you will find some of them.
Child-friendly restaurants in Gothenburg
Gothenburg is a great place to visit with children! And while plenty of restaurants provide basics such as high chairs and children’s menus, there are some restaurants that kids (and their parents) just seem to love. Here is a selection of them but there are many more to discover.
Explore the bar scene in Gothenburg
As you may know, Gothenburg is the beer capital of Sweden (some would say Europe) with too many craft breweries to count! Check out our guide to beer pubs and tap rooms to experience brands such as Poppels, Stigbergets, Vega, Dugges, O/O and more!
Wine lovers, make sure you don’t miss the small (super small) wine bar Bar La Lune, Olssons Vin, Barsac, Wolfgang Vincafé or Gården.
Did you know that we make wine right here in Gothenburg? Wine mechanics import the grapes but everything else is done at their winery in Gamlestaden. Stop by and learn more, and enjoy a meal and drink in their restaurant while you’re there.
If bubbles are your thing, then Champagnebaren, located inside one of Gothenburg’s cosiest courtyards is a good bet.
Find the best “fika”
There is no right or wrong answer to the question “where’s the best fika?”. Some prefer the cosy spots in Haga, others the fancy cafés inside the moat. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it in Gothenburg. We’ve put together a guide with some of our favourite spots.
Get closer to the archipelago and the ocean
The archipelago of Gothenburg is a must-visit, all year round really, but perhaps even more so now that the weather is heating up.
Go and discover the archipelago with Kastor Boat trips, located on the island of Hönö. Their spring offer will take you crab fishing, and if there’s time, a seal safari as well.
Vinga is as far west as you can get, the small island is Gothenburg’s final outpost before the open ocean. It’s a scenic island, and you can discover it by joining a tour by Hönö Båtturer.
Another chance to experience all the shops, cafés and the cosy archipelago atmosphere on the island of Hönö is April 15–17, during “Easter in the archipelago”.
The islands in the southern part of the archipelago are also well worth a visit. A favourite is the beautiful island Vrångö. where Kajkanten Vrångö offers an easter family deal, which includes two over night stays, breakfast and use of the floating sauna.
The Gothenburg archipelago – unique experiences year-round
The Gothenburg archipelago is amazing and there are so many islands for you to discover. Walk along winding trails near the sea, through quaint fishing villages and experience beautiful nature reserves.
Visit manors and gardens this Easter
There’s more to Gothenburg than the city centre. Go on a day trip to a castle, a fortress or a mansion just outside the city.
At Gunnebo House and Gardens you can walk around the beautiful grounds, enjoy a lunch made from organic igredients and sip on a cup of coffee in the spring sun. Children can try Easter handicrafts on April 12, go for a quiz walk or meet rabbits and ducks on the farm.
Just south of Gothenburg you will find the castle Tjolöholms Slott. Their Easter schedule is full of fun, including a quiz walk, an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter bunny!
The historic ruin Bohus Fortress opens for the season on April 9–10, and the premiere weekend offers, among other things, a bouncy castle, archery, and a medieval carousel! On April 16, exhibitors fill the courtyard for a packed Easter market.
Explore Gothenburg from the water
Do you want to discover Gothenburg from the city water ways? Let’s Boat offers electric rental boats that you book online and unlock with your phone. The boats can be found at Lejontrappan next to Brunnsparken and seat up to 12 people. Let’s boat opens for the season on April 16.
For those of you who would rather go on a guided tour, the classic sightseeing boat Paddan will start running on April 8.
With Ocean Bus you get to see Gothenburg from both land and water, and you get to experience the exciting splash as you enter the river Göta Älv when the bus turns into a boat.
So much shopping
If that Easter egg of yours did not contain everything you ever wanted, it might be time to take matters into your own hands. In Gothenburg you will find everything from well-stocked shopping malls to small independent shops.
If you are interested in interior design, you have a lot to discover around Magasinsgatan (Artilleriet and Norrgavel for example).
Gothenburg also has a wide selecton of second hand and vintage shops, good for both the environment and your wallet.
We can also recommend taking a trip out of town and visiting Spinneriet in Lindome. In an old mill turned into shops and offices, you will find lots of local, exciting independent brands.
Magasinsgatan – stylish shopping and cosy courtyards
Magasinsgatan is a given destination for shopping and coffee as well as eating out or grabbing a drink when the evening comes. Trendy shops, restaurants and bars all offer something special, no matter if it comes to barista skills, local clothing brands or restaurant decor.
Second hand shops in Gothenburg
There are many opportunities for a second hand steal in Gothenburg, whether it’s antiques, clothes or furniture you’re looking for. Here are some of our top picks from the city’s eco-friendly, unique and affordable second-hand and vintage shopping options.
Go orienteering with Hitta ut
You may think that orienteering is primarliy done in forests and areas of that nature, and you would be right, but with Hitta Ut you can go hunting for control points in the city centre and along the main boulevard avenyn, starting April 9. Grab a map from the Gothenburg Visitor Centre or the City Library, or download the app “Hittaut” and get going.
Avenyn – Gothenburg’s main boulevard
Kungsportsavenyen, commonly known as Avenyn, stretches from the bridge Kungsportsbron by the canal to Götaplatsen and the Museum of Art, the City Theatre and the Concert Hall. The main boulevard is busy all day until late.
The city centre – charming shopping streets with plenty of “Swedish fika”
It’s easy to explore central Gothenburg on foot and there are plenty of fun to see and do. From the large market hall and shopping streets Kungsgatan, Vallgatan and Södra Larmgatan to cafés and sights. Many hotels are located here too, which makes it easy to stay right in the centre of things.
Head out for a mystery-solving walk
Stadsmysterium takes you around the streets of central Gothenburg to look for clues and work through tricky puzzles. The walk takes about an hour and afterwards you sit down together to put all the pieces together and solve the mystery. A perfect activity for the family or a group of friends or colleagues!
Museums and more
Many of Gothenburg’s museums and culture centres offer special Easter activities, but they are all worth a visit regardless.
Some of the children’s favorites spots include the Aeroseum Aviation Museum, the Volvo Museum, the Museum of World Culture (large children’s section!), The Natural History Museum (giant stuffed elephant!) And the Maritime Museum.
For the slightly smaller children, a visit to Alfie Atkin’s culture house, right by Gothenburg central station and the Garden society, is definitely recommended.
Last but certainly not least, a visit to Universeum science centre is a must. You can easily spend a whole day in the impressive rainforest and by trying various experiments and workshops. At Universeum, there are completely new audio guides that guide you through the rainforest, the aquarium hall and the space exhibition via your smart phone. For small children, the new addition “Miniverseum” is sure to be a hit, where you can make the birds chirp and watch the trees grow.
Try escape rooms in Gothenburg
Are you good at solving challenges on time? Do you understand tricky clues? Or do you just think it’s fun to solve riddles? Then Gothenburg’s exciting escape rooms might be just what you’re after!
Try everything from the prisoners on the fort-like challenges at Prison island to an adrenaline-filled casino hit at Escape Room Gothenburg.
Escape Rooms in Gothenburg
Escape rooms have grown immensely popular in the past few years and in Gothenburg there are lots of exciting options to choose from. Go looking for a stolen painting, escape from prisons and asylums, plan a diamond heist or defend yourself against zombies! Here’s a list of escape rooms for every taste and age.
Welcome spring in the parks and gardens of Gothenburg
Do you like flowers and plants? Both the Garden Association and the Botanical Garden are full of life as we enter spring. The Botanical garden is the larger of the two and here you can wander for hours. Stroll among spring flowers and soak in the sun at the garden restaurant’s outdoor terrace. During the Easter break, children can make Easter presents from natural materials together with staff from the Botanical Garden.
If you want even more tranquility and greenery, continue the walk up in the nature reserve Änggårdsbergen. Once up there, it’s hard to believe that you’re just minutes away from the city centre. If you are lucky, you will even meet sheep that graze here in the summer.
Easter lunch over open fire
Can you put eggs on the barbecue?! Sure! Bring family, friends or both to the nearest barbecue area and offer them an Easter lunch wiha twist. If you want to enjoy fresh air but prefer to leave the cooking to someone else, hiking trail Gotaleden offers restaurants and cafes along the way. Check out our hiking guide for more tips on trails around Gothenburg.
Do you want to take the whole family out into the woods? Check out the Pevon Ecoturisms hiking package.
Hiking in Gothenburg
It is easy to discover the natural wonders in and around Gothenburg. Here, a world of fresh air, clear waters, majestic cliffs and dense forests is always close by – all you need to do is hit the hiking trail.
Barbecue sites in Gothenburg
You don’t need to travel far to experience a day in the wild with campfire cooking. All around Gothenburg, there are plenty of public barbecue sites where you can enjoy freshly grilled sausages, chewy marshmallows and safe socialising – here are a few of our favourites.
Explore world class mountain bike trails
It’s easy to forget, but Gothenburg is a great mountain bike destination. Just outside of the city centre, there are tons of trails, paths, narrow wooden footbridges and steep granite slabs to discover. Änggårdsbergen, Getryggen in the nature area Delsjön and Ale Bike park are just a few examples.
Need help getting started? Learn the basics through a course by MTB Kursen or Bikemaestro.
Hillside Cycling and Bikemaestro arrange guided tours for those who want to discover something new.