Gothenburg Day Trips
Collected by Marie Oskarsson , AFAR Local Expert
Adventure, nature, and history are just around the corner when you visit Gothenburg. A tour by boat to one of the little island in the archipelago will not only bring you closer to nature, but also to the very core of the local soul. Lovers of history will also find adorable and interesting sights just a short bus ride away, so make an excursion to explore the surroundings.
Christina Halls väg, 431 36 Mölndal, Sweden
Take the bus south to the neighboring town of Mölndal to visit Gunnebo Slott och Trädgårdar. This charming 18th-century castle and garden has been restored to its original style, both inside and out. Built in 1778 as a summer home for a wealthy ...
Långejorden 10, 430 85 Brännö, Sweden
The old shipyard at the island of Brännö, 20 minutes by boat from Saltholmen, is a good summer hangout. The shipyard itself has been around since 1949, but in recent years has started arranging concerts and has opened a laid-back restaurant/bar...
Carl Skottsbergs gata 22A, 413 19 Göteborg, Sweden
The Botanical Garden of Gothenburg is the best spot for a few hours of blooming inspiration. Working as a research garden as well as a recreational/educational park with sections like the Japanese valley, the cliff garden, and the Rhododendron...
Archipelago of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
The sea has always played a big part in the lives of the people of Gothenburg. When you want to relax from city life this is where you go. A tram ticket will take you all the way out into the southern archipelago to enjoy the harsh beauty of the...
Kungsportsplatsen, 411 10 Göteborg, Sweden
This is a classic guided tour and a good thing to do early in your visit since it will give you a nice overview of the city. The Paddan ("Toad") boats drive along the canals while you listen to the story of Gothenburg's history. Beware! Some of...
475 42 Gothenburg, Sweden
The lighthouse of Vinga is located at the far western end of the archipelago, with nothing more than the North Sea in front. Join the guided tour that will tell you the history of the island and let you climb the lighthouse. Bring a picnic and...
Stora Amundön, 436 58 Hovås, Sweden
Take the bus south to Stora Amundön, a nature reserve with meadows, horse paddocks, and paths that lead to bare cliffs and the sea. There you’ll find an underwater snorkeling path where you can explore the wildlife of the ocean. Just follow the...
Spinnmästarevägen 2, 437 34 Lindome, Sweden
Spinneriet Lindome, south of Gothenburg, is an enchanting destination for a weekend outing. The former spinning factory houses little shops and studios for artists, craftsmen, and designers, so this is heaven if you’re interested in interior...
Fästningsholmen, 442 81 Kungälv, Sweden
Take the bus to Kungälv and walk up to Bohus Fortress (Bohus Fästning), which has guarded the northern entrance to Gothenburg at the Nordre River since 1308. During the summer lots of medieval-style activities take place, like sword fighting,...
Saltholmsgatan 54, 426 76 Västra Frölunda, Sweden
In the early 20th century there was a Swedish health movement in which nutritious food, skinny-dipping, and abstinence from alcohol played an important role. Parts of that movement are still alive—reflected in the bathing houses around the coast...
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