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Gothenburg, or Göteborg, on Sweden’s west coast, is second in population only to the capital, Stockholm. Home of Volvo and two major universities, the city also hold several major cultural and sporting events. The Port of Gothenburg, seen in the background, is Scandinavia’s largest, with over 11,000 vessel calls each year from 140 destinations.
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Things to do in Gothenburg

Gothenburg’s attractions, cultural sights and museums are within walking distance of each other and most are paired with excellent restaurants and cafés.

Art and design

Things to do with art and photography? 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.

Gothenburg 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 explanations 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 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.

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.


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.

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Universeum Science Center, Gothenburg

Universeum, Gothenburg, is a science centre where animals and nature are mixed with new technology and exciting experiments.

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Universeum Science Center, Gothenburg

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Gunnebo House and Gardens, Gothenburg

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Amusement park Liseberg in Gothenburg

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Gothenburg fish market

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