The artwalk – so much more than just art
Whoever wants to take a walk along the northern riverbank just to see art will miss many other sights as well. Read our guide to explore a selection of all the experiences there are to take part of along the river Göta älv on Hisingen island.
1. The park Färjenäsparken
This is where the artwalk is starting. The area of Färjenäs was once where the first Gothenburg was located, also known as Karl IX’s Gothenburg. Here, you can enjoy a cup of coffee at the second oldest café in town, Flickorna på Färjenäs. Although this are does not have any art, there’s also a beautiful park where you can barbeque, play volleyball or just hang out casually – the perfect way to start the artwalk.
2. Eriksberg and the mighty gantry crane
One of the more characteristic landmarks in Gothenburg is Eriksbergskranen, an old gantry crane which today symbolises the widescale shipbuilding industry in Gothenburg. Today, it is the only left of its kind in Sweden, and a piece of history from the 50s and 60s when Gothenburg flourished like never before. It was painted red later to illustrate the cultural value.
3. Fisk and Havets port by Ivana Machackova
Adjacent to Eriksbergskranen you will find the sculpture Havets port, a sculpture made by Ivana Machackova, a Swedish sculptor with international success. Machackova also created Fisk, which you can see if you continue east from Havets port.
4. The piers and the East Indiaman Götheborg
Along the piers you will find no less than five different works of art. Bengt Lundin’s Lekskulptur, Claes Hake’s Granit, Två smidda staket by the sculptors Pål Svensson, Miklos Fözö and Bert Johansson, as well as Pål Svensson’s four stone frames with a ring, a tube, a cube and a buoy in the middle.
If you walk along Pier 4, you get to see the East Indiaman Götheborg if you are lucky. This is a replica of the original ship, sailing to the East India for trading. When returning back to Gothenburg, the 18th century ship sunk when reaching the river Göta älv.
5. Sörhallsberget and the surrounding areas
The renowned and magnificent sculpture Tegel, made by Per Kirkeby, is located at the foot of the mountain Sörhallsberget, which also has a beautiful park. If you got time you can also experience Slottsberget, located on the opposite side of Sannegårdshamn. On the mountain Slottsberget you have a fantastic view of Gothenburg and its riverbanks.
6. The Lindholmen dock
The shipbuilding industry of Gothenburg started in the 1870s, and the Lindholmen dock was created in 1875. It is Sweden’s oldest dock, but today it looks slightly different. The dock is now home to several boathouses and private boats. A picturesque break and perfect for a cup of coffee and some rest.
7. Lindholmen Street Market
A food market, in old shipbuilding factories, on Saturdays all year round. Lindholmen Street Market is a natural place for food-lovers. Every now and then they have different themes, whether it comes to food or design. The atmosphere of the place makes it worth visiting even though you’re not hungry.
8. Lindholmen Science Park
Lindholmen Science Park is a center for research and development in tomorrow’s mobility. Here you’ll find the famous building Kuggen, which is a part of Chalmers University of Technology. Researchers, students and the industry are all gathered in this area to increase the competitiveness in Sweden in technology and communication.
If you look to the East, on the river Göta älv, you will find the 19-metre-high, floating church called Tempel för tvivel och hopp, made by Kent Karlsson.
9. Kanalhuset and the futuristic Gothenburg
If you would like to continue your artwalk you should visit Kanalhuset, where Swedish public service tv and radio is located. Many famous Swedish tv-programmes have been recorded here, and from an architectural point of view, the building is very special.
Another place worth visiting is the area called Frihamnen. Here, you can enjoy a public sauna and a pool in what is now called Jubileumsparken. This sauna has since it was built become a hot monument for tourists’ pictures. It is an artwork in itself, built with recycled plastic bottles and sheet.
Frihamnen is currently under construction and will be a whole new neighbourhood with apartments and offices.