Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city, always has something to offer. Visit the city using the tram, train or boat, and once the big city pulse becomes too much for you, you can quickly reach the calm archipelago surrounds.
Gothenburg – a city of events
Gothenburg is host to large events several times a year. Gothia Cup – the world’s largest youth football tournament – attracts tens of thousands of sport enthusiasts each year. The majority stay at Gothia Towers – the largest hotel in the Nordic region, with 704 rooms and eleven luxury suites. Other large events are the Göteborg Book Fair, Göteborg International Film Festival and the Göteborgsvarvet running event. Music lovers can choose among several known festivals each year, including Way Out West, Gothenburg Culture Festival, and not forgetting the concerts at Ullevi arena which attract tens of thousands of visitors.
Rides and exotic animals
Many families make a detour on their holiday to have a day out with the children at Liseberg amusement park. Not only are the rides an attraction but also the park-like setting, which from November onwards is transformed into an extensive Christmas Market.
A visit to Universeum, the Nordic region’s largest Science Centre, is a popular tourist destination for many. In the seven-floor high building, you can hike along rain forest trails and discover a star-filled galaxy. In the aquarium which holds three million litres of water, you can see several species of shark, moray and rays. You can also come close to poisonous snacks and other exotic animals - if you dare.
‘New Amsterdam’ and ‘Little London’
The first city plan that was drawn up in the 1620s followed a Dutch model and included many moats and canals. Gothenburg was therefore often referred to as ‘New Amsterdam’, but once the English businessmen later put their mark on the city, Gothenburg became ‘Little London’ instead – an expression still used today.
If you don’t feel like walking around Gothenburg, there are many other ways to discover the city. Why not jump aboard the Paddan canal boats that criss-cross between the bridges, or take a seat on the Stinsen mini train which takes you on a 35 minute tour around Gothenburg.
An archipelago within arm’s reach
Proximity to the sea is characteristic across the whole of Gothenburg. Fresh fish and shellfish have become a stamp for the city, and the archipelago is just around the corner. You can visit the archipelago using both tram and archipelago boats.