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Situated on the west coast of Sweden, Gothenburg is a relaxed city with plenty to offer, from a thriving music and arts scene, to countless green spaces and vibrant neighbourhoods, where quaint cobbled streets meet bohemian cafés and boutiques.
A spirited arts community is a particular draw for Gothenburg, from the annual film festival, to the Culture Festival in August every year, when more than 1,200 free activities take place across the city, from music and theatre to literature and crafts. The Vasastan, Haga and Linné districts are also home to a community of artists and fashion designers, earning Gothenburg its reputation as Stockholm’s more avant-garde cousin. With a hire car, exploring Gothenburg has never been easier.
Fly in to Göteborg Landvetter Airport and from there, the centre of Gothenburg is just a half hour’s drive along Route 27/Route 40 in the direction of Flygplatsvägen.
With a hire car, other destinations become within easy reach, from Oslo, the capital city of Norway, (three hours’ drive from Gothenburg) to the river city of Drammen (around three and a half hours’ drive) where you can sip on beer from the Aass brewery, one of the oldest surviving breweries in Norway, while enjoying the spectacular views across the valley.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Gothenburg to suit every budget and requirement, from Hertz and Avis to Alamo and Enterprise.
As the second-largest city in Sweden, Gothenburg is brimming with things to do, from the Konstmuseum, containing a whole host of works from hugely influential artists such as Rubens, Van Gogh and Rembrandt, through to Röda Sten Konsthall – a more contemporary art gallery housed in a defunct power station which plays host to weekly live music and club nights. Meanwhile, Liseberg (10 minutes’ drive from the centre) boasts Scandinavia’s largest amusement park, while the Trädgårdsföreningen park is home to Europe’s largest rosarium with around 2,500 varieties, alongside a beautiful Palmhuset, modelled on Crystal Palace in London.
Further afield, with a hire car at your disposal, you can venture out to the family of islands off Sweden’s coast such as Björkö (50 minutes in the car) or Öckerö (an hour’s drive) where you can enjoy picturesque walks by the water and maybe even a swim. Norway’s Bergen (almost 10 hours’ drive), fringed by mountains, is also a spectacular drive through some of Sweden and Norway’s most dramatic scenery.
Swedish cars drive on the right and overtake and pass on the left. Gothenburg has a network of trams, which may be overtaken on the right if the position of the rails makes it possible. Speed limits are based on the quality and safety of the road in question and may vary along one road, so make sure you read signs carefully.
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