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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Gothenburg in numbers

Area 448 km2
Founded 1621
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
Museums 20
Bicycle lanes 810 kilometres
Restaurants with one star in Guide Michelin 5
Universities 2 (University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology)