If I only had one day in Gothenburg, I would spend the afternoon at the harbor. Maybe first dinner aboard the Barque Viking, which after a number of resurrections is now a hotel and restaurant. Afterwards, the Gothenburg Opera is a sight to see. Architect Jan Izikowitz was very much inspired by the harbor landscape: silhouettes are reminiscent of bridges, wind-filled sails and ship hulls. At sunset, the building’s windowed facades play tricks on the eye – you aren’t sure whether the building is being lit from the inside, or whether the windows cast reflections of the sun setting over the horizon. Before the show, I would arrive early for a tour of the Opera House to see the impressive sheet music library, walk in the secret corridors, and watch the wigmakers, costume designers and tailors in action.
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