For 170 years the Garden Society of Gothenburg has been an oasis of greenery in the heart of Gothenburg, a place to relax and be invigorated.
Today it is one of the best-preserved nineteenth-century parks in Europe, where rolling lawns, historic buildings and ornamental gardens featuring exotic and indigenous plants take you back to the golden age of horticulture.
The sweeping borders and nineteenth-century atmosphere set the tone. In 1992 the Garden Society of Gothenburg became the first park in Sweden to be given listed building status for its cultural heritage.
The Rock Garden of the Garden SocietyA rockery in the park managed by the Garden amateurs in Gothenburg.
See and do
The Palm house stands tall in the middle of the garden, a glittering piece of art made form glass and cast iron. A popular tourist attraction since 1878.
Make sure to stop by the rose garden, it’s one of the best in northern Europe. More than 1200 different types of roses bloom there every year.
The area Stenpartiet is a hidden gem in the eastern part of the garden and well worth a visit. Here you’ll find exciting and rare plants.
Bring your children and visit the Alfie Atkins’ Cultural Centre, a creative place for kids and adults alike. Afterwards, head out in to the park and explore the exciting playground full of swings, slides and winding paths.
Eat and drink
Take a break at cosy café Rosenkaféet, located in one of the Garden society of Gothenburg’s oldest buildings, built way back in 1874.
Near the Södra vägen entrance you’ll find the café Café Grindstugan, a popular coffee spot during the warmer months of the year.
In the middle of the 19th Century, gardening became more and more popular in Europe. Many new species were introduced from other parts of the world and plant breeding developed strongly. Horticultural associations were formed in many places in Sweden.
The Garden Society of Gothenburg was founded in 1842 and is today one of the best preserved 19th Century parks in Europe.