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Streetcar, Gothenburg
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Things to do in Gothenburg

Gothenburg is a compact city, with a big city feel in its wide avenues, streets and squares. The city’s museums are within walking distance of each other and most have excellent restaurants/cafés and typically funky/designy museum shop fare.

Art and design

Art, photography and design your bag? Then head first for the Guide Michelin three-starred attraction Gothenburg Museum of Art at Götaplatsen sqaure for the world’s finest collection of national-romantic Scandinavian late 19th century art. Look out for works by Edvard Munch, Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson. Just around the corner from here is the Röhsska Museum, or as someone somewhere prefers to call it the Swedish Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative.

Museums

Want to know how people lived where Gothenburg is today 12,000 years ago. Or why and how the city was laid out by Dutchmen? Then visit the Gothenburg City Museum for answers and expansions on these facts and much, much more about the history and culture of Gothenburg. This museum is also home to Sweden’s only surviving Viking ship. Universeum is a science discovery centre combining science, technology and adventure in an exciting building by Gothenburg´s own international star architect Gert Wingård. 

Liseberg

Liseberg is a pretty busy place. As well as the fun in the amusement park, there are gardens, a sculpture park, hotels, bars, and restaurants. At Christmas-time Liseberg becomes one huge Christmas market.

Feskekörka

For some fishy architectural history and delicious West Coast Sweden seafood visit the Feskekörka(the Fish Church) at Rosenlundsgatan. This architectural experiment built in 1874 does look like a church and does have the best, freshest seafood in Gothenburg at its fish market and restaurants.

Trendy old Haga

The oldest and one of the most characterful areas of Gothenburg is the Haga district from the 18th century. Formerly a low-rise, wooden-housed area falling into disrepair it is now officially cool. Tread the cobblestone streets, find cool gear at its vintage and second-hand stores and stop-off at one of the area’s excellent cafés.

Palatial

For a glimpse into how the other half lived in the 18th century in Sweden visit creamy coloured, neoclassical-architecture Gunnebo House and Gardens, just 10 minutes by bus or car from downtown Gothenburg.