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Gothenburg

Travel Guide
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With its wide streets and waterways, fascinating maritime history, seafood smorgasbords and many parks and museums, this easygoing city is well worth exploring.

The city’s cobblestoned streets and canals evoke comparisons to Amsterdam. This is no coincidence: Dutch immigrants were responsible for the fortification and layout of Gothenburg (Göteborg) because they established the city in 1621. The wide thoroughfares are compared to Parisian boulevards. Locals call their city “little London” because of its parks, cultural appeal and nightlife.

You can fly to Gothenburg in western Sweden, take the ferry from Frederikshavn in Denmark or make a canal cruise from the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Once there, getting around is easiest by tram, bicycle or taxi. Parking spaces in the compact city center are rare and expensive, but if you purchase the Gothenburg City Card you get free public transportation, parking and admission to attractions.

Near Gustav Adolf’s Square is the Kronhuset, the historic City Hall which is now a crafts center. Visit the nearby 18th-century City Museum (Stadsmuseum) with its Viking ship or the Maritime Museum and Aquarium in the port to learn about Sweden’s long seafaring history. Admire the church-like design of the Feskekôrka (Fish Market) and order fresh seafood.

A Poseidon statue towers over the city’s main hubs, Götaplatsen and Avenyn, which are hot spots for culture, shopping and nightlife.

Gothenburg is close to the Arctic Circle and it becomes a magical place when covered in snow. During the festive season, thousands of sparkling lights brighten the streets and Christmas markets.

The cold winters are dark, but the short summers have long daylight hours. Starting in June, alfresco restaurants and bars pop up and cruises operate on the Göta Canal. Visit Slottsskogen city park’s free zoo with Nordic animals around lunchtime to see seals and penguins being fed. Children will also love the rides in Liseburg Amusement Park.

To see a little more of Sweden’s southwest, drive to the ruins of Bohus Fortress in nearby Kungälv.

Gothenburg is regarded as a more relaxed and cheaper alternative to Stockholm and a good base for exploring Sweden’s western coastal archipelago.

Where to stay in Gothenburg

Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel, Gothenburg
Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel, Gothenburg
4 out of 5
Lindholmspiren 4, Gothenburg
The price is $106 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Located in Lundby, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Nya Ullevi Stadium, Poseidon Statue, and Scandinavium. Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,683 reviews)
"Beautiful location and wonderful staff. Room was quiet and comfortable and the restaurant food was excellent. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2021

Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel, Gothenburg
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Södra Hamngatan 59, Gothenburg
The price is $120 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
Located in Gothenburg City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alfie Atkins Cultural Centre and Nya Ullevi Stadium. Liseberg Amusement Park ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,758 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, Very clean and nice! And the location was honestly so central and convenient. I had a great stay!"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
4.5 out of 5
Drottningtorget 10, Gothenburg
The price is $132 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
Located in Gothenburg City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's Square and Nya Ullevi Stadium. Gothenburg University and Scandinavium ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,263 reviews)
"Helpful and polite staff. Comfortable room with a lovely bed. Nice areas for taking a drink and nice breakfast."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Göteborgs Camping Lilleby
Göteborgs Camping Lilleby
3 out of 5
Lillebyvägen 100, Torslanda, Torslanda
The price is $102 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated on the boardwalk, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Archipelago of Gothenburg, Volvo Cars Torslanda Factory, and Volvo Museum. Lilla Varholmen Ferry ...
3.8/5Good! (127 reviews)
"Really nice staff. Caravan/cabin was pretty modern but not much in the way of appliances. Reception hours are different to what Expedia and camp ground website claims"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2018

Göteborgs Camping Lilleby
La Mare Resort
La Mare Resort
3.5 out of 5
7 Järnmalmsgatan, Brygga B, Gothenburg, Göteborg
The price is $191 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Located in Lundby, this houseboat is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Gota Canal and within 3 mi (5 km) of Liseberg Amusement Park and Nya Ullevi Stadium. Gothenburg University ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"Unique location close to the city center. Great for kids and adults. Much more fun than staying at a traditional hotel."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

La Mare Resort
Företagsbostäder Mölndal
Företagsbostäder Mölndal
4 out of 5
Bagerigatan 3, Molndal, Västra Götalands län
The price is $143 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Situated in Molndal, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Guldheden Water Tower and within 3 mi (5 km) of Liseberg Amusement Park and Universeum. ...
4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
Helt OK
"Nytt og fint. Kokeplatene på kjøkkenet var dessverre nesten ubrukelige. Tok nesten 20 minutter å koke opp vann. Gode fasiliteter til å vaske klær. Men kun mulig med 2 vask pr uke. Litt dprlig renhold."

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

Företagsbostäder Mölndal
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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