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Gothenburg City Guide

Gothenburg is a place that defies easy definitions. Sweden’s hip, historic second city has enough highbrow museums, great galleries and top-tier events venues to make it a dream destination for discerning culture enthusiasts. Yet it never feels stuffy. Its workaday industrial past always shines through. It has both luxury, in the form of elegant hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as budget-friendly neighbourhoods bursting with cool cafés and independent shops.

Solo backpackers, romantic couples, groups of friends and families can all find a corner of Gothenburg to call their own. A holiday in Gothenburg could incorporate days of sightseeing and shopping, or it could simply involve wandering around historic districts like Haga to absorb the old-world atmosphere. Gothenburg’s proximity to the sea means that when you take a city break here, you are never far away from west Sweden’s spectacular coastline.

Family Breaks in Gothenburg

Gothenburg is a fun-filled destination for a family holiday. Take budding young scientists to the Universeum, an interactive museum that helps children engage with science through hands-on laboratories and animal-filled climate rooms.

Thrill-seekers will want to go straight to Liseberg Amusement Park to test out its huge array of high-octane roller coasters and gentler, child-friendly rides. Visit the Aeroseum to learn about the history of aviation in an underground bunker filled with vintage planes and decommissioned fighter jets.

Experience Gothenburg’s Arts and Culture

A bronze statue of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, stands at the top of Avenyn, the main shopping thoroughfare in Gothenburg. The statue is a good place to begin a cultural exploration of the city, with three landmark cultural institutions, the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the Concert Hall and the City Theatre, all within view.

But Gothenburg’s artistic attractions don’t end there – the city has something to suit every taste. The Gothenburg Opera, which is well worth visiting if only to admire its striking modernist exterior, hosts orchestral and operatic performances. Elsewhere in town, the contemporary-focused Röda Sten and the Röhsska Museum celebrate design and fashion.

Day Trips and Outdoor Activities

Gothenburg is just a short distance from Sweden’s stunning west coast. Head out of town to reach the islands of the Gothenburg Archipelago. Many of these islands are car-free, while others hide charming seaside villages and wildlife-filled nature reserves. Asperö has great beaches for swimming, while Brännö offers traditional Swedish folk culture. To stay on the mainland, drive to Askimsbadet, where a sandy beach tempts visitors keen on sunbathing and swimming.

If you’re short on time, you can still enjoy open spaces and natural beauty within the city limits of Gothenburg. The Garden Society of Gothenburg, Castle Forest and the Botanic Gardens are all green oases that feature flora from around the world.

Though Gothenburg residents may already know it, the rest of the world is slowly realising just how diverse and endlessly fascinating this city is. Start planning your Gothenburg holiday today and discover it for yourself.


Guide to Exploring Gothenburg


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£93
Gothia Towers Hotel

Gothia Towers Hotel

Mässans gata 24, Gothenburg
4.2
of 5, from 484 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the centre of Gothenburg, right at the heart of the action. Here you can enjoy first-class accommodation and relax in a lively, international environment. We are right next to Liseberg amusement park

£141
Landvetter Airport Hotel

Landvetter Airport Hotel

Flygets Hotellvag, Harryda
4.5
of 5, from 141 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Harryda, this hotel is 6.1 mi (9.7 km) from Landvettersjon Lake and 11.4 mi (18.4 km) from Vattenpalatset. Universeum and Liseberg Amusement Park are also within 16 mi (25 km).

£107
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Södra Hamngatan 59, Gothenburg
4.2
of 5, from 335 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel is located in the heart of Gothenburg, next to the main train station, public transport, shopping, and attractions.

£98
Hotel Opera

Hotel Opera

Nils Ericsonsgatan 23, Gothenburg
3.8
of 5, from 259 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centrum, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's Square, Gothenburg Opera, and Nya Ullevi Stadium. Scandinavium and Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£79
Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel

Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel

Klippan 1, Gothenburg
4.5
of 5, from 131 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a river, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Roda Sten Konsthall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Castle Forest and Botanic Gardens. Gothenburg City Museum and Maritima Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£98
First Hotel G

First Hotel G

Nils Ericssonplatsen 4, Gothenburg
4.2
of 5, from 194 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Centrum, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queen's Square and Gothenburg Opera. Gothenburg City Museum and Maritima Museum are also within 15 minutes.

£80
Spar Hotel Gårda

Spar Hotel Gårda

Norra Kustbanegatan 15-17, Gothenburg
4.1
of 5, from 189 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

In east Gothenburg, Spar Hotel Gårda sits on a quiet street just 10 minutes on foot from Snikens Kulle park. It's a 5-minute walk to the nearest tram stop, then a 10-minute ride to the city center, home to attractions like Liseberg Amusement Park and the Gothenburg Museum of Art.

£93
Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel, Gothenburg

Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel, Gothenburg

Lindholmspiren 4, Gothenburg
4.5
of 5, from 154 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lundby, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lindholmen Science Park, Gothenburg City Museum, and Maritima Museum. Gothenburg Opera and Gothenburg Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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