A Scandinavian city with world-class seafood
Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city is a great place for restaurants, bars and historical attractions. Positioned as the largest port of the Nordic countries, Gothenburg’s success is characterised by the North Sea fishing industry. Sample some of the finest seafood in Scandinavia at the stylish Avenyn and visit the Feskekôrka indoor fish market. Browse the stores of the city’s main boulevard, Kungsportsavenyn and enjoy a shopping trip in the Haga district’s Nordstan. Discover more about Gothenburg’s past by touring one of several exhibitions at the Röhsska Museum. Take a walk around the Neo-Classical Götaplatsen square and marvel over striking architectural styles including the Masthugget Church, 18th century East India House and the city’s oldest timber framed building, Skansen Kronan. Book tickets to see a performance by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra at the Göta Älv or take in a show at the Backa Theatre, Folkteatern and the grand Gothenburg City Theatre.
Take a tram around this vibrant city set against the Gothia River. Watch boats in the marina or stroll around the harbour to see trawlers bring in the days catch. Gothenburg is also a city of music and the arts. Tour the exhibitions and galleries for fine examples of Scandinavian culture.
When To Go
Gothenburg is characterised by an Oceanic climate influenced by the Gulf Stream. Temperatures are quite mild throughout the year and can rise to 30°C in the summer. Hours of daylight are cut shorter in the winter months; December sees a maximum of six hours. From November- February the weather is cold and windy with average temperatures of 1°C and snowfall is common. July and August are considered the best time to visit for sunshine.
How To Get There
Gothenburg is served by two main airports; Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport (GOT) and Gothenburg City Airport (GSE). Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport is Sweden’s second largest international airport located 20km (approximately 12 miles) from the city. Direct flights with Scandinavian Airlines from London Heathrow operate daily. UK flights from Glasgow Prestwick and London Stansted to Gothenburg City Airport are also available. Passengers can reach the city by taking an airport shuttle bus; the journey from Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport takes around 30 minutes.
Visitors to Gothenburg can take a boat tour along the Gothia River to see the city’s harbour side sights such as the iconic Göta borg fort. Sail out to the Southern Gothenburg Archipelago and embark upon the island of Brännö, said to be the ancient location of Viking duels. Thrill seekers can enjoy the amusements and roller-coaster at Liseberg; Gothenburg’s theme park. Climb the Liseberg Tower for views out over the city. For more peaceful pursuits visit the city’s largest park, Slottsskogen home to several attractions. Travellers of all ages can enjoy the exhibits of the onsite Natural History Museum, observatory and zoological gardens.