With Sweden’s borders now open to most European residents and travelers from many other countries including United States and Canada, Sweden is an attractive perspective for a short European break.
While the capital Stockholm is the obvious place to start after arriving at the country’s largest airport Arlanda, Gothenburg is well worth considering for a side trip. Sweden’s second largest city is only three hours away from Stockholm by train and has made great progress as one green destination.
Gothenburg was the first city in the world to publish green bindings to stimulate investment in solutions to climate change. It is needed if the industrial region is to achieve its ambitious goal of being fossil-independent by 2030. But despite headlines and awards, much of this work is invisible to tourists. So for those planning a visit to Gothenburg, here are ten of the city’s top attractions.
Eat like a local at the fish market
Gothenburg Feskekörka (Fish Church) is so-called because of the building’s striking resemblance to a church, but inside you will find a thriving fish market and seafood restaurants.
Search for excitement at Liseberg
Before the travel restrictions, three million people piled through the gates of the amusement park Liseberg. Its central location helps its popularity as well as the latest addition of Valkyria, Europe’s longest vertical drip path. Full-day passes cost about $ 55. Only entrance tickets are available for $ 13 if you just want to enjoy the parks or many restaurants.
Relax in the archipelago
The northern and southern archipelagos of Gothenburg are the perfect place to unwind from the lively city. The car-free southern archipelago is closer to the city (by ferry) and has 5,000 permanent residents, but the islands are still peaceful and a fantastic place to experience Swedish coastal culture. There is also history. Brännö Island is mentioned in one of the 13th century Icelandic fairy tales.
Get in touch with nature in the middle of the city
Gothenburg is a green city not only because of its work with sustainability. Green areas are good. Slottsskogen Park is a large park and zoo, home to moose, ponies, sheep and other Nordic animals in the heart of the city.
The Garden Society was founded in 1842 by the Swedish king and is a wonderfully preserved planned park from the 19th century. It’s easy to lose yourself here for hours and wander among roses, lawns, ornamental plants and exotic plants in the palm house.
Go back in time in the Haga district
The log houses and cobbled streets in Gothenburg’s district of Haga go back to a lost life. But what was once a dense residential area for the workers in Gothenburg is now mainly known for its cafes and exclusive restaurants. However, some things do not change. The family-run chocolate cake Bridesmaids has been active for 150 years.
Gothenburg Art Museum
Considered one of the finest art collections in Northern Europe, Gothenburg’s large art museum includes the 15th century contemporary works. There is an understandable focus on Sweden, but international names including Munch, Picasso, Monet and Rembrandt are also included.
The Volvo Museum
It will not surprise you to learn that cars are in focus at the Volvo Museum on the outskirts of Gothenburg, but there is more to see. The company has also produced trucks, buses and engines for ships and aircraft over the years, all represented in this celebration of all things Volvo.
Shopping and snacks on Magasinsgatan
No trip to Sweden would be complete without it coffee experience. One of the best places to enjoy the Swedish coffee break is the Magasinsgatan district, home to vintage clothes and cafés with a wide selection of pastries.
Much more than a botanical garden, the nature reserve and arboretum are home to about 16,000 species. Do not miss 1500 orchids in the greenhouse and various global landscapes including the bamboo grove. The flowering rhododendron valleys is an unforgettable sight in the spring.
New Älvsborg fortress
Learn more about the complicated history between Swedish-Danish relations on a dramatized tour of this fortress at the entrance to the inlet that leads to the port of Gothenburg. The 30-minute ferry ride from central Gothenburg works as a sightseeing tour, which gives you a new perspective on Sweden’s second city. The trips will return in 2022.