Treat yourself to a winter break staycation

Many hotels in Gothenburg have put together winter break offers for a cosy, safe and fun-filled staycation. Here are some of them.

At Gothia Towers you’ll find plenty of fun stuff like playrooms, shuffleboard, table tennis, an i-wall, a tik tok corner, a children’s cinema theatre and much more. During the winter break, you’ll get a 25 percent discount if you join the member’s club Gothia Towers, or if you’re already a member. Non-members get a 20 percent discount.

Nääs Fabriker offers a special winter break deal and a large number of outdoor activities – everything from an outdoor gym and nature playground to a historical walk and a winter break quiz.

Elite Hotels always offer special deals during school breaks. Also, during the winter break all kids up to 12 years eat for free at The Bishop’s Arms when accompanied by an adult.

Hotel Lorensberg has a special “experience package” with a hotel stay and an entrance ticket to Universeum, the exciting science centre at a walking distance from the hotel.

Hällsnäs Hotell & Konferens in Mölnlycke run a winter deal all the way until March 14. Here you can also play table tennis, pool and shuffleboards.

Radisson Blu Riverside, at Lindholmen, offer a winter deal until March 31, with 20 percent off all their rooms. State the code 20DISC when you make a reservation.

Want to try a Swiss style winter break? Hôtel Eggers, next to the central station, offer a package with an overnight stay, cheese fondue on their heated terrace, breakfast and a picnic bag filled with hot chocolate, sandwiches, fruit and nuts – perfect for a day out exploring Gothenburg.

children painting at a table
In the studio at the Gothenburg Museum of Art, you’ll find plenty of materials for a creative session. Credit: Hendrik Zeitler

Winter fun at Gothenburg’s museum

The museums in Gothenburg have adjusted their routines to ensure a safe visit for you and your family. Make sure to check if you need to book tickets in advance.

The aviation museum Aeroseum offers winter break activities on the theme “among stars and planets”. Here you can try stargazing in the planetarium, go on a planet treasure hunt and build your own space rocket. Exciting, right?

Alfie Atkins’ Cultural Centre has lots of theatre shows and activities in store for the winter break. Every day during the week, you can enjoy two different shows, storytelling sessions, music and balloon modelling.

The City of Gothenburg’s museums and art hall are free of charge for everyone under 20 years old. During the winter break, you can pick up a free creative kit at the art hall, explore the material vinyl at the Röhsska Museum, go on a baby tour or a creative workshop at the art museum – or visit the children’s museum at the Museum of Gothenburg.

At science centre Universeum you’ll find brand new audio guides to help you experience the rainforest, the aquarium and space through your smartphone. The youngest visitors can enjoy the popular section Miniverseum where you can make the birds sing and watch the trees grow.

Go bird-watching in the Botanical Garden

Which birds have stayed in the garden this winter? Come on a bird-watching tour through the Gothenburg Botanical Garden and find out! Here you’ll learn why some birds move away and why some stay; why some become vegetarians in winter and why others store food.

Check the opening hours and make your reservation at the Botanical Garden’s website.

Get your game on at Liseberg’s Amusement Arcade

At Liseberg’s Amusement Arcade you’ll find three floors packed with pinball, arcade games, air hockey and much more. During the winter break they offer four hours of free games for 275 SEK, and with any Liseberg annual card you get a 50 SEK discount.

Family-friendly restaurants

There are some restaurants in Gothenburg that kids, and their parents, just seem to love. Check out our guide where you’ll find everything from children’s menus and crayons to karaoke and while-you-wait popcorn.

ski slope with people skiing
15 minutes north of Gothenburg you’ll find the popular ski slope Alebacken.

Enjoy the winter outdoors

While you won’t find any alps in Gothenburg, that doesn’t mean that you can’t go skiing. At Alebacken, slopes are open througout the winter break.

If you prefer cross country, head to indoor Skidome at Prioritet Serneke Arena, where you’ll have perfect conditions every time.

The castle Tjolöholms slott have a new ice skating rink that stays open until February 20. Bring your own skates and helmet.

There are many other ways to stay active, from the obstacle course in Kviberg to adventurous mountainbike trails. Find your way to one of the outdoor gyms or go for a run in the forest.

Prefer to watch others doing sports? Ice hockey club Frölunda HC arrange three winter break games in Scandinavium arena – on February 15, 17 and 19. Enjoy family tickets, candy, quiz walks and great vibes!

Explore the beautiful archipelago in wintertime with Kastor Boat Trips. Credit: Anders Erman

Visit farm animals – or go on a seal safari

Looking for a daytrip? Head to Gunnebo House and Gardens, they arrange a quiz walk during the winter break! You can also visit their farm with rabbits, ducks and hens – and enjoy an organic lunch or “Swedish fika” in the café.

Or why not check out the beauty of the archipelago in wintertime with Kastor Boat Trips? Equipped with warm jackets and blankets, they’ll take you on a one-hour tour among birds, seals and dramatic colours. Back in the harbour Hönö Klåva there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from.

Test your skills in an escape room

Tired of playing the same old games? Try one of Gothenburg’s popular escape rooms – where you find clues, solve puzzles and take on a number of different challenges with your team.

At Radisson Blu Scandinavia you’ll also find portable escape room games for rent – pick one up and go puzzle-solving in your room or in the lobby bar!