Marstrand is an easy, one-hour trip from Gothenburg via public transportation and the island and town of the same name really has it all, from fascinating history, breathtaking scenery, beautiful architecture to excellent food and shopping. Founded by the Norwegians in the 14th century, ruled by the Danes for 300 years, and finally Swedish took over as a result of the Treaty at Roskilde in 1658. Marstrand became a wealthy, prosperous town, regarded as a playground for the rich and powerful and the harbor promenade was the place to see and be seen. Today, a must-visit is the Strandverket, a contemporary art gallery, featuring photography and sculpture. A walking path around the island takes about an hour and offers great opportunities for a dip in the cold sea.