Castle Forest (Slottsskogen)
Slottsskogen is a popular summer attraction for kids and adults because of its range of activities, from zoos to live music to golf. See Nordic animals in the main zoo and pet friendly creatures in the children’s zoo. Visit one of several performance areas and watch live music, folk dance or a marionette show. Play a round of mini golf, visit a natural history museum and wander through a butterfly garden.
The grounds of Slottsskogen, or “Castle Forest”, opened to the public in 1874. Once a private reserve used for deer hunting, the area now serves as one of Gothenburg’s primary summer attractions.
Enjoy a quiet picnic among the park’s oak and beech forests. Let the kids run, climb trees or play ball games on expansive lawns. Take a walk through the parkland and explore hills and valleys that feature “jättegrytorna”, or large holes in the rocks. These natural features were carved out by shifting ice masses during the last glacial period.
One of the park’s most popular features is its free zoo, which is one of the oldest in Sweden. See some of the country’s native animals including elk, Gute sheep and Humboldt penguins. Take kids to the nearby Barnens Zoo where they can ride the native Gotland ponies for a fee.
Visit the huge Plikta Playground for an afternoon of imagination and fun. Here, children can scamper across a huge climbing frame in the shape of a whale or participate in games organised in the playground during summer.
Take a break with a drink in hand at the park’s café. Nearby, enjoy the colours and flutter of the butterfly garden. There’s also the Natural History Museum, which is an informative indoor attraction and is a good escape in colder weather.
Slottsskogen is open year-round and is free to enter. Many of the attractions are open only during the warmer months and activities can change seasonally. Check the official Slottsskogen website for details. Access the park by a short tram ride from the city centre.