Gothenburg

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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 GothenburgGothenburg 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 CultureA 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 ActivitiesGothenburg 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.

Where to stay in Gothenburg

Gothia Towers
Gothia Towers
4.5 out of 5
Mässans Gata 24, Gothenburg
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £79 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb
This family-friendly Gothenburg hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from Liseberg Amusement Park and Universeum. Museum of World ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (4,504 reviews)
"Excellent, great location, good breakfast, professional staff! Loved it"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2021

Gothia Towers
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Södra Hamngatan 59, Gothenburg
The price is £79 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Located in Gothenburg City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alfie Atkins Cultural Centre and Nya Ullevi Stadium. Liseberg Amusement Park ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,678 reviews)
"Huge hotel, but surprisingly quiet; many rooms overlook the atrium, but that does have a skylight roof so some daylight is available. Breakfast buffet is extensive and tasty, and the dining area is large and spacious. Limited tv channels in English."

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2021

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
4.5 out of 5
Drottningtorget 10, Gothenburg
The price is £103 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
Located in Gothenburg City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Queen's Square and Nya Ullevi Stadium. Liseberg Amusement Park and Universeum ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,491 reviews)
"Excellent location. Lovely interior."

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2021

Clarion Hotel Post, Gothenburg
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Hotel Torslanda
Hotel Torslanda
3 out of 5
Postflyget 7, Torslanda, Vastra Gotaland County
The price is £70 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
Located in the heart of Torslanda, this golf apartment building is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Volvo Museum and 8.9 mi (14.4 km) from Aeroseum. Alvsborg Fortress is ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (218 reviews)
"Supermarket and fast food restaurant are just there. Very kindly and pleasant staff. Room was very clean. Satisfied."

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Hotel Torslanda
La Mare Resort
La Mare Resort
3.5 out of 5
7 Järnmalmsgatan, Brygga B, Gothenburg, Göteborg
The price is £112 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Located in Lundby, this houseboat is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Gota Canal and within 3 miles (5 km) of Nya Ullevi Stadium and Liseberg Amusement Park. Universeum ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (27 reviews)
"Unique location close to the city center. Great for kids and adults. Much more fun than staying at a traditional hotel."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

La Mare Resort
Göteborgs Camping Lilleby
Göteborgs Camping Lilleby
3 out of 5
Lillebyvägen 100, Torslanda, Torslanda
The price is £87 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
Situated on the boardwalk, this cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Archipelago of Gothenburg, Volvo Cars Torslanda Factory and Volvo Museum. Lilla Varholmen ...
3.9/5 Good! (147 reviews)
"The toilet is small. Drain overflow"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2021

Göteborgs Camping Lilleby
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