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Gustav Adolf Square

Some of Gothenburg’s most important buildings and a statue of a 19th-century king adorn this formal-looking town square.

Gustav Adolf Square, along the canal, is a good point for a coffee or lunch break in between sightseeing excursions. The stately square is overlooked by the fine architecture of Gothenburg City Hall and nearby law court. The red brick paving, interspersed with geometric designs and the neat facades of the buildings surrounding the square create a pleasant setting to relax for a while. 

Gustav Adolf Square was originally known as Stortorget, which translates literally as “big square,” but was renamed when the large statue of King Gustavus II Adolphus was erected in 1854. Known by many as the Golden King, Adolphus led Sweden to victory in the 30 Years’ War. You can see his imperial figure, a replica statue, standing proudly in the center of the square, pointing to the ground with one hand. The statue is said to represent the moment when he proclaimed: “This is where the city shall be.” 

The square is surrounded by major city streets. In the north is Köpmansgatan, Norra Hamngatan is to the south, Östra Hamngatan lies east and Torggatan flanks the west side.

Look past the statue and admire the many arches of the City Hall. Formerly the Gothenburg Stock Exchange, this building opened in 1849 and is a fine example of neo-Classical architecture, with its neat arches and colonnades. It incorporates an 18th-century townhouse built for a former city councilor. During the week, you’ll see formally dressed council workers walk in and out of the building, as the City Hall is still in use as a municipal administrative building.

Also noteworthy are the law courts designed by the renowned architect Gunnar Asplund. Nearby, the Dutch-style Kronhuset dates back to 1643 and is the oldest house in the city. In stark contrast to this heritage building, which is now a museum, stands the shining glass of the massive, modern shopping center behind the square, the Nordstan retail complex. 

Gustav Adolf Square is centrally located and can be reached on foot from all attractions and hotels in central Gothenburg.


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$126
Gothia Towers Hotel

Gothia Towers Hotel

Mässans gata 24, Gothenburg
4.2
of 5, from 483 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the centre of Gothenburg, right at the heart of the action. Here you can enjoy first-class accommodation and relax in a lively, international environment. We are right next to Liseberg amusement park

$142
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Södra Hamngatan 59, Gothenburg
4.2
of 5, from 335 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel is located in the heart of Gothenburg, next to the main train station, public transport, shopping, and attractions.

$117
Hotel Opera

Hotel Opera

Nils Ericsonsgatan 23, Gothenburg
3.8
of 5, from 258 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centrum, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's Square, Gothenburg Opera, and Nya Ullevi Stadium. Scandinavium and Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$133
First Hotel G

First Hotel G

Nils Ericssonplatsen 4, Gothenburg
4.2
of 5, from 193 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centrum, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queen's Square and Gothenburg Opera. Gothenburg City Museum and Maritima Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$83
STF Göteborg City Vandrarhem

STF Göteborg City Vandrarhem

Drottninggatan 63-65, Gothenburg
3.8
of 5, from 20 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centrum, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alfie Atkins Cultural Centre and Gothenburg City Museum. Gothenburg Opera and Maritima Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$135
Scandic Europa

Scandic Europa

Nils Ericsonsgatan 21, Gothenburg
3.9
of 5, from 112 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centrum, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queen's Square and Gothenburg City Museum. Gothenburg Opera and Maritima Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$110
Hotell Barken Viking

Hotell Barken Viking

Lilla Bommens Torg 10, Gothenburg
4.1
of 5, from 144 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Hotell Barken Viking is a restored sailing ship moored on Gothenburg’s waterfront. The hotel is opposite the Opera House, while Central Station and Nordstan, the city’s largest mall, are within a 5-minute walk. Guests who fancy a flutter can walk 10 minutes along the river to Gothenburg Casino.

$162
Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg

Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg

Drottningtorget 10, Gothenburg
4.1
of 5, from 78 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centrum, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queen's Square and Gothenburg City Museum. Gothenburg Opera and Maritima Museum are also within 15 minutes.