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Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden and is situated on Sweden's west coast at the outlet of the Göta river. With over 60,000 students Gothenburg University is the largest in Scandinavia. Gothenburg has a reputation of being a friendly place, even more welcoming than the Swedish capital.
There are two tourist information offices in central Gothenburg - one in the Nordstan shopping center and one on Kungsportsplatsen about ten minutes walk from Nordstan.
In case official tourist information is unavailable, Gothenburgers are usually more than willing to help.
Landvetter Airport (GOT) is Gothenburg's main airport, located 25 km east of the city. About 30 airlines fly to Landvetter e.g. SAS, Lufthansa, KLM and Finnair.
The roads E6, E20 and E45 pass through Gothenburg. If you come by car from Stockholm, you should take E4 to Jönköping, and then national road 40.
Approximate distances & travelling time:
to Malmö (E6/E20 south): 300 km, 3 hrs
to Oslo (E6 north): 320 km, 4 hrs
to Stockholm (40 east, E4): 500 km, 5 to 6 hrs
to Copenhagen (E6/E20 south): 317 km, 3.5 hrs
Be aware that parking in Gothenburg can be difficult and expensive, as free parking is rarely found. Prices per hour vary between 7 different zones and can be as high as 25 SEK per hour. Free parking on some areas is included in the Gothenburg pass if you happen to own one. However, there is no guarantee that you will find a free spot. In any case, expect to spend some time looking for a spot, and expect to be forced to walk quite some distance. The closer you are to the city centre the more this is true.
Several coach services operate in and out of Gothenburg including Eurolines, Säfflebussen GoByBus Bus4you and Swebus Express. Nils Ericsson Terminalen, located in connection with the central station, is the most common bus stop.
Public transportation within Gothenburg is operated by Västtrafik and consists of trams, buses and ferries. You can find more information about tickets and a journey planner on their homepage.
Public transport in Gothenburg can be very slow: For example, to cross one side of the city to the other can take up to an hour. However, inside the central area, transport is fairly rapid.
Gothenburg has a famous network of trams that covers most of the city. With over 150 km the Gothenburg tram is the largest light rail network in Scandinavia. The network consists of 12 tram lines.
Tram and stombuss (trunk bus lines) are the most efficient way to travel within the city centre, but if you're planning to go further you might need to go by bus. Bus lines heading in the same direction often departs from the same part of the city.
Two ferry services run across the river; Älvsnabben is the regular ferry service with traffic every thirty minutes, and Älvsnabbare that only run between Rosenlund and Lindholmspiren (free of charge) during work hours. Besides transport, this can be a good way to see the city from the river.
With a compact city centre most sights are easily reached by foot, and it's a nice way to get around.
Popular walks around the city includes the nature reserve around the lake Delsjön, the park Slottskogen, the botanical garden, on any of the islands in the southern archipelago, or in the neighborhood Haga.
What to see
Skansen Kronan (Crown Keep) is a hilltop fortification, southwest of the city center, built in the 17th century. It has been used as a prison during the 19th century and as a military museum in the 20th century.
Close to Skansen Kronan is Haga, a city district with picturesque wooden houses from the 19th century. Don't forget to explore the more bohemian Långgatan streets nearby.
The indoor Fish Market, called Fish Church because of the shape of the building, is located by the canal near the harbor.
Parks and Gardens
Slottsskogen, tram stop Linnéplatsen, a big English garden close to the botanical gardens and a popular spot for relaxing and picnics. Within the park you'll find the Museum of Natural History, an observatory, a mini golf course, and a children's zoo.
Botanical Gardens - Carl Skottbergs gata 22. 9AM-sundown. Built in 1923, Botaniska Trädgården has an area of 175 hectares and, in 2003, was elected the most beautiful garden in Sweden. It contains a rock garden, arboretum and green houses.
What to do
Liseberg. The biggest amusement park in all of Scandinavia, with lots of different rides for all ages. Be sure to try Balder, the wooden roller-coaster. Liseberg is the number one attraction, by number of visitors, in Sweden. Often they also have concerts that cost you only the entrance to the park.
The Swedish Ship Götheborg. A reconstruction of an mid-18th century ship of the Swedish East India Company. During summer the ship is open for visits at Stenpiren close to the city center.
The Paddan tourist boats run in the city canals and in the harbour.
In summer, you can go canoeing in or walking around the lake Delsjön. Only 6 km from city center, it can be a good way to experience nature.
Börjessons. Does tourist boat tours in the archipelago every day in the summer and is very popular.
Southern Archipelago. For a low price one can visit the islands in the southern archipelago with regular passenger boats. These islands are car free and very picturesque.
Charter a Sailing Yacht sBoats.com or yachtbooker.com give you independent information on how to find a yacht charter in Gothenburg.
Göteborg Opera House, at the Packhuskajen quay in central Göteborg. One of the world's most modern opera houses.
The square at the top of Avenyn (Götaplatsen) is the location of the magnificent Gothenburg Concert Hall and the city's drama theatre.