Goteborg, Sweden

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Goteborg Information Guide

Gothenburg is a vibrant city with a charming and relaxed atmosphere. It has a great reputation as a clean, green and safe city with a friendly welcome for visitors. The compact city centre, built around the canals, offers everything a big city should and all is within easy walking distance. The Gothenburg City Card is a great way to experience the city. The price for a 24- hour card is 315 SEK for adults and 195 SEK for children (up to 17 years of age. Children under 5 do not need a card.) The price for a 48-hour card is 425 SEK for adults and 295 SEK for children. Cards can be purchased on-line at or at the Gothenburg Tourist Offices. (* Free with the Gothenburg City Card).

The Gothenburg Museum of Art * (Göteborgs konstmuseum) is considered to have the world’s finest collection of turn-of-the-century Nordic art (three stars in the Michelin Green Guide.) The museum is at the top of Avenyn, on Götaplatsen. The entrance hall also houses the Hasselblad Centre for Photographic Art. Open Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-18:00, Wednesday 11:00-21:00, Friday-Sunday 11:00-17:00. Closed Monday. Interested in design? Röhsska Museum* of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts (Röhsska museet) is on Vasagatan, close to Avenyn. There are temporary exhibitions of work by the best Scandinavian designers. There is also the history of design from 1851 to the present day. Open Tuesday 12:00-20:00, Wednesday-Friday 12:00-17:00, SaturdaySunday 11:00-17:00. Closed Monday.

Universeum Science Discovery Centre* combines science, technology and adventure. Follow the water from the mountains in the north down to the sea. There are big aquariums, a rain forest and plenty of hands-on experiments. Open daily 10:00-18:00. The Museum of World Culture* includes contemporary exhibitions seen from an international perspective, where controversial and conflict-filled topics are addressed. The ultra-modern building also houses a café and restaurant. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:00-17:00, Wednesday 12:00-20:00 and Saturday-Sunday 11:00-17:00. Closed Monday. Röda Sten Art Centre* is located inside a former boiler house at the entrance of the harbour by the Älvsborg bridge. The Centre hosts exciting contemporary art exhibitions as well as a café. Röda Sten Art Hall is open Tuesday – Sunday at 12:00 – 17:00, Wednesday 12:00 – 19:00, Mondays closed. The view over the harbour entrance is fantastic. Take the Älvsnabben harbour ferry* to Klippan culture reserve and enjoy the fine views from the top deck.

There is a pleasant shopping area with design shops and many independent fashion shops – mainly street wear, in downtown Vallgatan/Södra Larmgatan, running from Kungstorget by the market hall down to the crossing Magasinsgatan. Liseberg Amusement Park* is the most popular tourist attraction in Sweden, attracting three million visitors annually. It is open for the summer season from midApril until the beginning of October. There is also a Christmas Market* from mid-November, with many craft stalls, an ice rink and Santa’s World. The whole park is adorned with Christmas decorations and is illuminated by almost five million Christmas lights. The vintage trams from Ringlinien* run from the Central train station/Drottningtorget to Liseberg park during summer and Christmas season. The trams are from 1905 until 1960s’ models and all are well kept and well polished by the tram enthusiasts within the association. All is original and the staff working on the trams are dressed in uniforms from then. Departures on Saturdays May to September, daily in July. During Christmas at Liseberg on Saturdays.

Take a tour of the harbour in the ferry Älvsnabben*. The ferry criss-crosses the lively harbour from central Lilla Bommen to Klippan culture reserve by the harbour entrance. Enjoy the fine views from the top deck. The Port of Gothenburg is the largest in Scandinavia. See the Eriksberg district, with its new apartments, and the Lindholmen/Lundbystrand district, with its innovative office and educational buildings, Science Centre and IT University; all established on former shipyard land. Most departures are on the half hour, timetable: Paddan boats* offer a different way of seeing the sights of the city, from the old moat, the canals and the harbour. A guided tour takes you under 20 bridges, including the extremely low Osthyveln (cheese slicer) bridge. The tour takes about 50 minutes and the boats depart from Kungsportsplatsen from end of April until mid-October. Please note during high season free tours with the Card from 15.00 with the Gothenburg City Card.

Gothenburg Opera House (Göteborgs Operan), an exciting building opened in 1994, is situated by the waterfront in the central harbour. The Opera is renowned for its performances of modern works. Stroll along the main boulevard Avenyn (Kungsportsavenyn), with all its restaurants, cafés, bars and nightclubs and shops. The old district of Haga – a culturally listed 19 th -century district, with cobbled streets and a special type of three-storey house construction, featuring one storey in stone and two in wood. Haga has an abundance of small cafés, second hand and crafts shops.

The Linné district with Linnégatan, popular amongst Gothenburgers as the city’s ‘Second Avenue’, with plenty of excellent restaurants, bars and cafés . The intersecting Långgatorna – especially Andra Lång – is a Bohemian yet trendy area of the city. The Garden Society of Gothenburg* (Trädgårdsföreningen) is a most beautiful 19 th -century park laid out along the old moat. The park boasts the Rose Gardens with 2,500 roses from 1,300 species and the giant greenhouse the Palm House, built in 1878 as a copy of the former Crystal Palace in London. The park is open daily 07.00-18.00 with free admission. The Palm house is open daily 10.00-20.00 May-August, 10:00 – 16:00 during the rest of the year. Gothenburg Botanical Gardens* (Botaniska Trädgården) is one of the largest botanical gardens in northern Europe and is considered to be one of the most beautiful. The garden is home to the rare Eastern Island Tree. The awarded Rock Garden is the pride of the garden. Tram numbers 1, 2, 7 and 8 stop at Botaniska Trädgården, then a short walk. Open daily from 09.00-sunset.

Saluhallen Market Hall. A food market with produce from the region as well as from all over the world in some 40 shops and stalls. There are several small restaurants for lunch. The building dates from 1889. The market hall is open Monday-Friday 09:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-14:00. Fish Market Hall (Feskekörka). Top-quality fresh fish and seafood on sale in a distinctive church-like building dating from 1873. There are two restaurants in the hall and the fish stands also sell “healthy fast food” for take-away. The market hall is open Tuesday-Friday 10:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00. Fish auction. The largest fish auction in Sweden. See all species of fish and seafood from the nearby sea. It take place at the central Fish Harbour on Tuesday to Friday 06.30 and in limited scale on Monday 07.00. Get there on tram 3, 9 and 11 westbound from city centre to stop Stigbergstorget, and from there some five minutes’ walk. Visit the city’s car free southern archipelago, which include lively villages as well as inhabited islets in beautiful settings. It’s easy to get there by tram 11* westbound, from Drottningstorget you’ll get to the ferry terminal at Saltholmen in roughly half an hour. The tram ticket and the Gothenburg City Card is valid for free travel also on the archipelago passenger ferries. In summer there are several boat excursions and both day and evening cruises. Departure from Lilla Bommen in the city centre. The Steamboat Bohuslän depart from Stenpiren, some 500 metres west along the harbour quay from Lilla Bommen.

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