Sweden is now open to all European citizens and visitors from many other countries, including the U.S. Sweden is an attractive option for short European vacations.
While capital, Stockholm, is the best place to begin after landing at Arlanda Airport in the country’s main airport, Gothenburg is worth considering as a side trip. The second largest city in Sweden is only three hours from Stockholm by train. It has also made great strides as a sustainable travel destination.
Gothenburg was the original city to issue green bonds in order to encourage investment in climate solutions. This is necessary if the industrial area wants to reach its ambitious goal of becoming fossil-independent by 2030. Many of the work that goes into these projects are not visible to tourists, despite all the accolades and headlines. Here are ten top attractions for tourists visiting Gothenburg.
At the fish market, eat like a local
Gothenburg’s Feskekorka is named “Fish Church” because of its striking resemblance with a church. However, inside there’s a bustling fish market and many seafood restaurants.
Thrill-seek at Liseberg
Three million people had walked through the gates of Liseberg amusement parks before the restrictions on travel. Its central location makes it popular, as does the addition of the Valkyria which is Europe’s longest vertical-drop rollercoaster. Full day passes run about $55. If you are just looking to explore the parks and restaurants, entry-only tickets can be purchased for $13.
Relax on the archipelago
The perfect places to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Gothenburg’s northern and southern archipelagos are Gothenburg’s islands. The southern archipelago, which is car-free and only 5,000 residents long, is located closer to the city by ferry. It offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Swedish coastal culture and tranquility. There is also history. One of the 13th-century Icelandic sagas mentions Branno.
In the heart of the city, connect with nature
Gothenburg is a green town not only because of its efforts with sustainability. There are many green spaces. Slottsskogen Park, a large park and zoo that is located in the heart the city, is home to ponies, elks and other Nordic animals.
Founded in 1842 by the Swedish King, The Garden Society is a wonderfully-preserved 19th century planned park. You can easily lose yourself in the lush gardens, ornamental gardens, roses, and exotic plants of The Garden Society for hours.
Take a step back in time at Haga District
Gothenburg’s Haga district, with its cobbled streets and timber houses, evokes a lost time. What was once a dense residential area of workers in Gothenburg is now known mainly for its coffee shops, fine dining and elegant restaurants. However, some things have not changed. The family-owned chocolatier Brautigam’s has been around for 150 years.
Gothenburg Museum of Art
The Museum of Art in Gothenburg is regarded as one of Europe’s finest art collections. It covers everything from the 15th century to the present day. While the Museum of Art is primarily focused on Sweden, international artists such as Rembrandt, Picasso, Monet, and Munch are also featured.
The Volvo Museum
You won’t be surprised to find that Volvo Museum is a focus on cars. But there is more. Volvo has produced many other types of vehicles over the years including trucks, buses, and engines for aircraft and ships. All these are represented in this celebration of Volvo.
Magasinsgatan: Shopping and snacks
The fika experience is a must-have on any trip to Sweden. The Magasinsgatan district is a great place to enjoy a Swedish coffee break. It has vintage clothing shops and cafes offering a variety of pastries.
The Botanical Garden
The nature reserve and arboretum, which are more than just a botanical garden have approximately 16,000 species. The greenhouse houses approximately 1,500 orchids, as well as various landscapes around the world including the bamboo grove. Springtime is a wonderful time to see the blooming Rhododendron valley.
Nya Alvsborg Fortress
On a dramatic tour of the fortress at the entrance of the inlet that leads into Gothenburg harbour, you will learn about the complex history of Swedish-Danish relations. You can also take a 30-minute ferry ride from Gothenburg to see the second city of Sweden. These tours will return in 2022.