Summer with the family
In Gothenburg there are lots of activities for kids of all ages – check out our summer guide filled to the brim with classics and new stuff. We also made a guide to restaurants that kids (and their parents) seem to be especially fond of.
During the pandemic, many have welcomed a four-legged family member to their homes, and of course we also have a guide to Gothenburg’s most dog-friendly places.
Visit Gothenburg with children this summer
Gothenburg is an absolutely fantastic summer city – not least for children! Here you’ll find lots of things to see do and eat; from Sweden’s most popular amusement park and ice cream to submarines and crispy waffles.
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.
Summer in the archipelago
No summer without cliffs, freshly caught seafood and salty swims, right? The Gothenburg archipelago offers unique summer experiences and we’ve listed some of the very best in our guide. Stay on one of the islands with the sea right outside your window, or choose a more central hotel and make a daytrip to the archipelago – getting there with public transport is very convenient.
Summer gems in the Gothenburg archipelago
Gothenburg is an amazing summer city! And the idyllic archipelago is a big part of that. Here you’ll find our best ideas on what to do by the sea this summer, like fishing tours, locally brewed craft beer, Swedish fika in sunny gardens and salty swimming spots.
Getting to the archipelago
You’ll reach the car-free southern islands by ferry from boat terminal Saltholmen or from Stenpiren Travel Centre. To get to the northern islands you take the ferry from Lilla Varholmen on Hisingen. Both the northern and the southern archipelago are beautiful and well worth a visit. Here a few tips on how to get there.
Paddan, Ocean Bus, Let’s Boat and Stinsen – in Gothenburg there are plenty of sightseeing tours to choose from. Read our guide and find the tour that’s right for you!
Prefer to explore the city on your own? Get a rental bike from Styr & Ställ and follow our route from the city centre and out to the Saltholmen ferry terminal.
The best summer sightseeing in Gothenburg
Gothenburg is an amazing sightseeing city! Cruise the canals in an electric boat, ride a bicycle through leafy boulevards or check out a kayak from a “kayakomat” and go on an adventure. Here are some of Gothenburg’s best summer attractions and sightseeing activities.
Bike to Saltholmen
See some of the nicest parts of Gothenburg on your way out to Saltholmen, a popular swimming spot. Large parts of the route run along the waterline but you will also experience the lovely Haga area, Slottsskogen city park and the charming Majorna district. This is a beautiful bike route with lots to offer. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and picnic basket!
Summer bites and drinks in the sun
Gothenburg is famous for its warm and chilled-out atmosphere, and during the summer you get the best of it at the city’s lively outdoor bars and restaurants. Here you’ll find our guides to charming outdoor areas and rooftop bars with stunning views. There are also plenty of delis and parks for those who are up for a picnic!
Hot and sunny weather? Cool off with an ice cream from one of the city’s popular ice cream cafes – dominated by homemade ice cream and locally sourced ingredients.
Outdoor bars and restaurants in Gothenburg
Gothenburg has plenty of lovely outdoor bars and restaurants where you can enjoy food, drinks and a vibrant atmosphere. Here are some of the best places to have a coffee, drink or dinner in the sun.
Rooftop bars in Gothenburg
Meals, drinks and conversations all taste a little better alfresco. Add a city view to the mix and the setting is complete! Here’s a guide to amazing rooftop bars in Gothenburg.
Picnic spots in Gothenburg
What better way to spend a sunny day than to go and have a picnic in the leafy parks, or at the top of a hill overlooking the city? Bring a blanket, fill a basket with your favourite food and drinks and head out to one of the many lovely picnic spots in and around Gothenburg.
Gothenburg’s top ice cream spots
You can’t beat a tasty ice cream. Good thing there’s plenty of ice cream to try while in Gothenburg. Let artisanal gelato seduce you or marvel at the creamy goodness of Gothenburg classics from Triumf Glass and Lejonet & Björnen. Here are some of the great ice cream parlours in Gothenburg, but there are plenty more to discover.
Boutique hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, exclusive wines, freshly caught seafood and luxurious spa experiences – in Gothenburg there are plenty of opportunities to indulge. In this guide we’ve listed lots of ways to pamper yourself this summer!
A luxurious stay in Gothenburg
Lonely Planet recently named Gothenburg the world’s best sustainable city to visit in 2021, so why not come here this summer and see for yourself? In Gothenburg, there are plenty of unique experiences that will make your summer remarkable. Here’s a guide to a great stay in Gothenburg.
During the summer there are plenty of events in Gothenburg, with something for every age and taste.