Gothenburg is a vibrant city with a charming and relaxed atmosphere. It has a great reputation as a clean and green city with a friendly welcome for visitors. The compact city centre, built around the canals, offers everything a big city should and all is within easy walking distance. This is a guide with valuable information for your visit:
The Gothenburg Museum of Art
Göteborgs konstmuseum is considered to have the world’s finest collection of turn-of-the-century Nordic art (three stars in the Michelin Green Guide.) The museum is located at the top of Avenyn, on Götaplatsen. The entrance hall also houses the Hasselblad Centre for Photographic Art.
Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-18:00,
Universeum Science Discovery Centre
This little universe combines science, technology and adventure. Follow the water from the mountains in the north down to the sea. There are big aquariums and plenty of hands-on experiments. In their rainforest you will find a 25-metre-high kapok tree with secret alleys and everyday there is a rainforest safari that will show you all the tropical beauty.
Open daily 10:00-18:00.
The Museum of World Culture
This museum includes contemporary exhibitions seen from an international perspective, where controversial and conflict-filled topics are addressed. The ultra-modern building also houses a café and restaurant. Make sure not to miss their exhibition, Together, about how wonderful and difficult it is to be with others.
Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:00-17:00,
Museum of Gothenburg
Explore the exciting pre-history, the 19th century life, the development of the modern industrial Gothenburg and the only exhibited Viking ship in Sweden, Äskekärrsskeppet. There are also temporary exhibitions like The music scene in Gothenburg from the 50’s until today (until March 11) and We have a dream (from May 12 – October 14).
Open Tuesday-Sunday at 10:00-17:00
Röda Sten Art Centre
The art centre is located inside a former boiler house at the entrance of the
harbour by the Älvsborg bridge. The Centre hosts exciting contemporary art exhibitions
as well as a café and they are head of GIBCA, Gothenburg’s International Art biennial,
which is held every second year (next one in 2019).
Open Tuesday- Sunday at 12:00-17:00,
Liseberg Amusement Park
This is the most popular tourist attraction in Sweden, attracting three million visitors annually. New this year is Valkyria, which will be Europe’s longest Dive Coaster, a roller coaster with a vertical drop of nearly 50 metres. Premiere this year.
Liseberg is open for the summer season from April 28 until September 30, with an additional 16 days opened in October-November for Halloween. There is also a Christmas Market from November 16, with many craft stalls, an ice rink and Santa’s World. The whole park is adorned with Christmas decorations and illuminated by almost five million Christmas lights.
Gothenburg Botanical Garden
Botaniska Trädgården is one of the largest botanical gardens in northern Europe and is considered to be one of the most beautiful. The garden is home to the rare Eastern Island Tree. The awarded Rock Garden is the pride of the garden. Tram numbers 1, 2, 7 and 8 stop at Botaniska Trädgården, then a short walk.
Open daily from 09:00-sunset.
The Garden Society of Gothenburg
Also known as Trädgårdsföreningen, this is a most beautiful 19th-century park laid out along the old moat. The park boasts the Rose Gardens with 2,500 roses from 1,200 species and the giant greenhouse the Palm House, built in 1878 as a copy of the former Crystal Palace in London.
Daily 07.00-18.00 with free admission.
The Palm house is open daily 10:00-20:00 May-August, 10:00– 16:00 during the rest of the year.
The tour offers a different way of seeing the sights of the city, from the old moat,
the canals and the harbour. A guided tour takes you under 20 bridges, including the
extremely low Osthyveln (cheese slicer) bridge. The tour takes about 50 minutes and the
boats depart from Kungsportsplatsen from end of April until mid-October.
Take a tour of the harbour in the ferry Älvsnabben
The ferry criss-crosses the river Göta älv from central Lilla Bommen to Klippan culture reserve by the harbour entrance. Enjoy the fine views from the top deck and keep an eye out for Kuggen – a red, unique building with spectacular architecture. The Port of Gothenburg is the largest in Scandinavia.
Most departures are on the half hour visit the timetable here.
Saluhallen Market Hall
A food market with produce from the region as well as from all over the world in some 40 shops and stalls. There are several small restaurants for lunch. The building dates from 1889.
Feskekôrka fish market hall.
Top-quality fresh fish and seafood on sale in a distinctive church-like building dating from 1874. There are two restaurants in the hall and the fish stands also sell “healthy fast food” for take-away.
The largest fish auction in Sweden. See all species of fish and seafood from the nearby sea. It takes place at the central Fish Harbour. Get there on tram 3, 9 and 11 westbound from city centre to stop Stigbergstorget, and from there some five minutes’ walk.
Mondays 06:30 (limited scale)
Tuesday – Friday 06:30
The Göteborg Opera (Göteborgs Operan), an exciting building opened in 1994, is situated by the waterfront in the central harbour. It is renowned for its performances of modern works.
The old district of Haga
A culturally listed 19th-century district, with cobbled streets and a special type of three-storey house construction, featuring one storey in stone and two in wood. Haga has an abundance of small cafés, second hand and crafts shops.
The Linné district
With Linnégatan, popular amongst Gothenburgers as the city’s ‘Second Avenue’, with plenty of excellent restaurants, bars and cafés. The intersecting Långgatorna – especially Andra Lång – is a Bohemian yet trendy area of the city.
Stroll along the main boulevard Avenyn
Avenyn, short for Kungsportsavenyn, is the main boulevard with restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs and shops. There is also a pleasant shopping area with design shops and many independent fashion shops – mainly street wear, in downtown Vallgatan/Södra Larmgatan, running from Kungstorget by the market hall down to the crossing Magasinsgatan.
Visit Gothenburg’s archipelago
Discover lively villages and inhabited islets in beautiful settings. There are
a lot of activities as for example swimming, paddling and fishing trips. Take the tram
and then the ferry to get to the southern car-free archipelago. To the northern
archipelago, there is a bus to Hönö and Öckerö by car ferry. Some of the bus tours
continue to Burö from where there are ferries to the northernmost islands. The tram ticket is valid for free travel also on the archipelago passenger ferries.
join a boat excursion
In summer there are several boat excursions and both day and evening cruises.
Departure from Lilla Bommen.
Explore the stunning Bohuslän coast by Swedish West Coast line, on shorter trips or
a 3-day cruise with departure from Gothenburg or Strömstad.