Gothenburg's Top 10
Collected by David Nikel , AFAR Local Expert
Örgrytevägen 5, 402 22 Göteborg, Sweden
The thrills of Sweden’s biggest theme park await you just a short walk or tram ride from the city center. From Balder, one of the world’s best wooden roller coasters, to the giant Ferris wheel affording unrivaled views across the region,...
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...
Norra Hamngatan 12, 411 14 Göteborg, Sweden
Gain a deeper understanding of Sweden’s second city inside the grand setting of the Swedish East India Company’s 18th-century headquarters. Permanent exhibitions tell the story of the Vikings—centered on the remnants of the Äskeskärrsskeppet...
Götaplatsen 6, 412 56 Göteborg, Sweden
Explore the extensive collection of Nordic art including the dark works of Edvard Munch, Bruno Liljefors’ wildlife paintings and the so-called “golden age” of Danish painters from the 19th century. International artists are represented with works...
Kungsportsplatsen, 411 10 Göteborg, Sweden
Given Gothenburg’s strong maritime heritage, you need to get on the water to truly appreciate the city. From late April to September, daily boat tours from Kungsportsplatsen take you under twenty bridges and all along the old city moat and...
411 17 Gothenburg, Sweden
An active cathedral with several services throughout the day, Gothenburg Cathedral is actually the fourth place of worship to stand on this site at the heart of the city. A temporary stave church stood here while the first cathedral was built in...
3, Järnvågsgatan, 413 27 Göteborg, Sweden
These car-free islands are so idyllic you’ll think they were put here by design. The only way to reach the archipelago is by the hourly passenger ferry from Saltholmen, which you can easily reach from the city center by tram. The beaches and...
Carl Skottsbergs gata 22A, 413 19 Göteborg, Sweden
Take a stroll around the 430 acres of Gothenburg’s Botanical Gardens, home to an authentic Japanese garden and over 16,000 plant species. Step inside the greenhouses to see a few thousand more, including many exotic varieties. Open 9 a.m.–9 p.m....
Pilgatan 20, 411 22 Göteborg, Sweden
Wander the cobbled streets to soak up the 19th-century atmosphere of Gothenburg’s oldest district. Formerly a working-class neighborhood, Haga’s wooden houses have been repurposed as independent shops and cafés with a cosmopolitan vibe. While the...
Packhusplatsen 12, 411 13 Göteborg, Sweden
Explore the life of a seafarer at this open-air floating maritime museum. Very few areas are off-limits, so take advantage of the rare opportunity to explore the fleet that includes a genuine warship, cargo ship, a minelayer, two submarines and...