5 things that make Gothenburg stand out
1. Amazing seafood restaurants
Gothenburg’s coastal location and closeness to the cold waters of the North Sea make it a paradise for those who enjoy fish and seafood.
Fish 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.
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2. The beautiful archipelago
The archipelago of Gothenburg stretches along the coast like a string of pearls. You don’t have to travel far from the city to find charming villages, stunning nature and beaches. Seal safaris, sea-fishing and boat excursions are just some of the activities available here.
A guide to the Gothenburg archipelago
The Gothenburg archipelago is amazing and there are so many gems for you to discover. In this guide you’ll find a wide array of activities, restaurants and accommodation on the different islands. Experience nature, make new friends at an island Gin & Tonic bar or go on a fascinating seal safari.
3. Liseberg – the largest amusement park in Scandinavia
Make sure you have enough time, cause there is plenty of fun to try here. How about Scandinavia’s longest and fastest rollercoaster Helix, or the attraction Mechanica – spinning 360 degrees 30 metres up in the air?
4. The traditional neighbourhood Haga
This charming neighbourhood is packed with cafés and shops. The pedestrian street Haga Nygata is lined with well-preserved wooden houses, many in the characteristic Gothenburg style called “landshövdingehus” with one floor in brick and the rest in wood.
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.
5. One of Europe’s leading botanical gardens
The Botanical Garden offers a vast and impressive collection of plants and flowers, and is a great place to visit all year round. With over half a million visitors a year it’s one of the most popular attractions in the region.
Gothenburg is a flourishing green city with a vibrant cultural scene, world-class restaurants and a fascinating history. At the same time adventure is never far away. There is always an island waiting to be explored or a mountain to be conquered from the saddle of your bike.
With its light summer evenings, colourful autumn days and snow-blanketed winter mornings, Gothenburg is where you can experience the real Sweden.
10 must-dos in Gothenburg
Gothenburg has a lot to offer and sometimes it’s hard to choose between all the fun. But don’t worry! We have handpicked 10 must-dos that you simply can’t miss out on – even when you’re short on time.
Four seasons in Gothenburg
Crisp autumn and winter days are perfect for enjoying a relaxed atmosphere, while the summer season is busier with more visitors. However, late spring and summer are particularly easy to love. Temperatures can rise to 30 degrees Celsius on a sunny day and the sea reaches swim-friendly degrees especially in July and August.
Gothenburg is an open and accessible city. It offers almost everything you would expect of a cosmopolitan city – within walking distance. All you need is right in the city and you can get everywhere on foot – from the Central Station to your hotel, to the arenas, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
Fantastic bars, restaurants and more in Gothenburg
There’s a crazy amount of great places to try in Gothenburg. We have probably forgotten half of them, but here’s a guide to some of most popular that the city has to offer right now.
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But it’s not just close to everything; it’s also easy to get here. Both international airports are just 20 minutes from the city centre and you can get direct flights here from more than 65 European cities.
Getting to Gothenburg
You can travel to Gothenburg in a number of ways. We have gathered useful information for getting here from around the world.
Gothenburg in numbers
Area 448 km2
Population (city of Gothenburg) 571 868
Population (Gothenburg region) 1 028 248
Average temperature January – 1.0, July + 18.8 Celsius
Green space per citizen 274 m²
Bicycle lanes 810 kilometres
Restaurants with one star in Guide Michelin 5
Universities 2 (University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology)