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Being a university city with faculties for all of the arts, Gothenburg is a place with plenty of cultural attractions. Besides the classical arts, there are also more experimental and contemporary offerings at centers like Röde Sten and its industrial port surrounds. The Gothenburg Film Festival is the largest in the Nordic countries, and Oscar-winning actress Alicia Wikander hails from here. The city also invented the Hasselblad camera used on the Apollo 11 moon landing mission.
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1 RÖDA STEN, 414 51 Göteborg, Sweden
Take the Älvsnabben ferry from Stenpiren to Klippan and walk along the shore to Röda Sten Art Hall, an industrial building turned art center with graffitied walls and skate lanes outside. Röda Sten focuses on contemporary art with a...
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Christina Nilssons gata, 411 04 Göteborg, Sweden
The impressive opera building on the harbor houses one of the major ballet companies in northern Europe—GöteborgsOperans Danskompani—with dancers from 16 countries and a good reputation when it comes to modern dance. Lovers of modern operas,...
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PIR FYRA 2, 417 64 Göteborg, Sweden
The era of the Swedish East India Company (Svenska Ostindiska Companiet) is the golden age of Gothenburg history, with ships bringing in the treasures of China. The ship Götheborg, named after the town, sank just outside the harbor in September...
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Götaplatsen, Göteborg, Sweden
The Hasselblad camera, well-known for being the one on Apollo 11 that documented the 1969 moon landing, is a Gothenburg invention. The original factory was located close to the opera. The Hasselblad Center is a photography museum that displays...
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Heurlins Plats 9, 413 01 Göteborg, Sweden
The Gothenburg Film Festival takes place each February, just as you are wondering why you live in a damp, cold city entangled in gray fog from the sea. This welcome respite started in 1981 as a project by film loving friends, but soon developed...
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Konstepidemins väg 6, 413 14 Göteborg, Sweden
This former hospital now hosts low-rent artist studios and offices for authors and the like. Try knocking on a door to see what the artist is creating—an oil painting, sculpture, or something else. Who knows, you might even be invited in for a...
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Linnégatan 21, 413 04 Göteborg, Sweden
Locals, cinema lovers, and hipsters of all ages enjoy the alternative cinema Hagabion, where this friendly bar is situated. The café here served vegetarian food long before it became a thing in Sweden. Wash it down with a local beer (try something...
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Ullevigatan 5, 411 39 Göteborg, Sweden
If you want to experience the true Gothenburg feeling, watching a live soccer game is a must. The city has four teams in the two highest leagues, so this is a big deal all over the city. Locals tend to think they know all about who you are,...
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8, Götaplatsen, 412 56 Göteborg, Sweden
Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra (GSO) has a solid reputation but still does its best to reach more people. In the Göteborgs Konserthus concert hall you can enjoy both classical music and fun blends of pop and classical, where the orchestra performs...
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Arendal Skans, 405 08 Göteborg, Sweden
For a long time Swedes took great pride in the fact that they had two world-renowned car companies. Since the untimely demise of Saab in 2012, Volvo is now the pride of the nation. (Even though the company is now owned by a Chinese company, its...