You’ll start your journey through West Sweden in Gothenburg, the country’s second-largest city. It’s a destination that combines culture, history, and natural beauty—including the islands of the Gothenburg Archipelago. Both the northern and southern portions have timeless villages and some of the country’s best beaches.
Gothenburg is also the city where Volvos are born—and it’s the place to begin if you’re interested in purchasing a Volvo. The company’s overseas delivery program
includes two round-trip tickets to Gothenburg
, one night in a hotel, shipment services, and other perks—and of course, you’ll have your brand-new wheels to take with you on your drive through West Sweden!
Before you start exploring the city, check into your hotel for the night, Upper House
. Located on the top three floors of the Gothia Towers, Gothenburg’s tallest buildings, the 53 rooms offer sweeping views of neighboring Liseberg amusement park
with its Ferris wheel, the city, and the sea. You may want to take a swim in the dramatic rooftop pool (featuring a glass bottom and sides) or reserve a treatment at the spa, with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Resist the temptation to get too comfortable; you’ll want to take a stroll through this gorgeous city.
A walk along Gothenburg’s historic streets and canals—created by 17th-century Dutch city planners—will bring you to Slottsskogen
, the city’s largest park. It’s a favorite of locals who come to wander its twisting paths through stands of local trees: linden, maple, beech, and oaks. On your way to or from the park, stop at one of the many cafes in the Haga neighborhood, to the park’s north, to enjoy fika
—the delightful Swedish custom of a coffee break complete with a baked treat.
And if you need outdoor gear before you journey up the coast, check out the area around Södra Larmgatan, Vallgatan, and Magasinsgatan, where you’ll find one of the city’s best areas for shopping.