The Road Trip for Design Fans: TjörnSightseeing in Gothenburg often begins along Avenyn, a leafy boulevard where many of the finest museums are clustered—including the Röhsska, which showcases 50,000 home design and haute couture objects. The nearby Gothenburg Museum of Art boasts a significant collection of Nordic and international masterpieces, including works by the impressionists Rembrandt and Monet and by Swedish painter Anders Zorn. The Gothenburg Opera House and the train station are notable architectural landmarks as is the grittier Röda Sten art center, located in a graffitied former boiler plant along the harbor. It hosts contemporary exhibits as well as live music, stand-up comedy, and other events.
The archipelago just beyond Gothenburg has inspired generations of artists with its coves, secluded beaches, and evocative lighting. Why not head about an hour north from Gothenburg to the source, namely, the picturesque island of Tjörn?
Pull over at the Nordic Watercolor Museum in Skärhamn, where rotating exhibitions have featured world-class talents like Swedish painter Birgit Broms and Salvador Dalí and even original drawings from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Break for lunch at the museum restaurant before driving on to Pilane Sculpture Park in Klövedal. It’s a wonderfully West Swedish kind of place, where you can admire striking modern installations alongside sheep that graze freely in the spectacular natural setting.