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Scandinavian cities are known for striking modern architecture that stands side-by-side with cutting-edge design boutiques, world-class restaurants and museums, and charming cafés. You can experience all those cosmopolitan delights in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city—and the gateway to exploring the tranquil waters, fine seafood, and good life of West Sweden. Travel dollars go further here too, as the simple yet thrilling outdoor experience trumps admission fees.
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442 66 Marstrand, Sweden
Modern Scandinavian cooking is renowned for its use of natural ingredients, and in West Sweden that means chefs look to the ocean. A legion of fishermen heads into the waters of the Bohuslän archipelago every morning with their traditional wooden...
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Alingsås, Sweden
The very fact that a coffee break with something small and sweet—say, a cinnamon bun or a chocolate truffle—has its own word (fika) says everything you need to know about its importance to Swedish society. Its popularity has created a lively café...
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Borås, Sweden
The West Sweden region has a lot of surprises in store for culture seekers. The inland town of Borås is known across the country for its street art. Buildings old and new have become a canvas, and the No Limit festival held every September sees...
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Tjörn, Sweden
Given the strong connection this region has with the ocean, a floating hotel seems more than appropriate. Built on a pontoon off the island of Tjörn, Salt & Sill can truly guarantee a sea view. For an early morning dip, some of the lower level...
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531 99 Spiken, Sweden
Built by a Swedish industrial magnate in 1914, the impressive art nouveau stylings of Bjertop Manor now hosts overnight guests looking for an indulgent experience. Set in lush green gardens, the manor combines the best of the region’s fresh...
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456 50 Smögen, Sweden
Although train and bus connections can take you around this remarkable region, renting a car gives you the flexibility to plan your own itinerary around the Dalsland lakes or simply follow the coastal roads to see what hidden gems you can unearth...
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Hamnevägen 30, Ekenäs, Sweden
The thousands of small islands that dot the West Sweden coastline create a clam space to explore the crystal-clear waters in a kayak. The islands and postcard-perfect fishing villages of the Gothenburg archipelago are a popular activity for city...
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605 96 Söderköping, Sweden
Built in the early 19th century, the Göta Canal is an integral part of the 382-mile waterway that links West Sweden with the Baltic Sea. While the canal is still used to transport cargo, tourism and recreation dominate the water during its May to...
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West Sweden’s shellfish is renowned in the culinary world because it grows mature with full, rich flavors thanks to the cold, clear and sheltered waters in this part of northern Europe. Lobster and oysters take pride of place when in season, with...
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Gothenburg, Sweden
Winter breaks in Gothenburg are ever-popular thanks to the festive lights and Christmas market at Liseberg amusement park. Once the novelty of the 700 Christmas trees and sights and sounds of the rustic market have worn off, it’s the countryside...