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Castle Forest (Slottsskogen)

Browse the natural history museum, visit a zoo, dance at the pavilion or simply relax in one of the many secluded areas in Gothenburg’s largest green space. 

Slottsskogen is one of the most-visited places in Gothenburg in summer due to its wide variety of attractions. Go for a stroll and stop by the main zoo with rare Nordic species and grazing animals in the nearby children’s zoo. Watch a concert, puppet show or folk dancing at one of the performance areas. The large children’s playground, mini-golf course, natural history museum and butterfly garden provide even more amusement. 

Slottsskogen translates literally as “castle forest,” a name from the 17th century when the grounds around a large mansion were used for deer hunting. In 1874 it opened its doors to the public and the park has been a favorite summer destination ever since.

Find a quiet area for reading or play Frisbee with your family or friends. Enjoy a picnic or meander through the park’s forest of oak, linden and beech trees. Climb up hills or descend in a valley full of blooming azaleas. See the “jättegrytorna,” large holes in the rocks, which were carved out by shifting ice masses during the last glacial period. 

A highlight within the park is the free zoo, one of the oldest in Sweden. Its animal residents are mostly native to Sweden, with elk, Gute sheep and Humboldt penguins all on display. In the nearby Barnens Zoo for children the little ones can ride the native Gotland ponies for a fee.

The huge Plikta Playground is also great for children. One of its highlights is a climbing frame in the shape of a giant whale. In summer, children can participate in games organized here on a daily basis.

Stop for refreshment at the park’s café with its colorful butterfly garden. The Natural History Museum is a fascinating indoor attraction, which quickly fills up when the weather turns bad. 

Slottsskogen is open year-round, but many of the attractions are open only during the warmer months. The park is free to enter, though some activities within the park do charge. The park is located close to the city center. The nearest tram stop is Linnéplatsen. 


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