What to Do in Gothenburg
Collected by Marie Oskarsson , AFAR Local Expert
Gothenburg offers city entertainment but with a casual and welcoming vibe, and there is all sorts of natural beauty nearby. Explore the old parts of town, enjoy the party atmosphere during one of the city's many festivals, take the tram out to the ocean, dig into the art scene, or simply have a “fika” and take it easy.
There is lively nightlife and many bars and clubs in Gothenburg, but Andra Långgatan has its own vibe: laid-back and hip and attracting a younger crowd (both day and night) that is into arts, music, and craft beer. Traditionally, this area was...
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...
Magasinsgatan 17A, 411 18 Göteborg, Sweden
Enjoy the coffee of masters! It started as one small café and is now a chain under the same name, but preserving the same high quality. How do we know? Well, because some of the winners of the 2017 Swedish Barista Championships work at da Matteo....
Slussgatan 1, 411 06 Göteborg, Sweden
The impressive Palmhuset greenhouse in the middle of Trädgårdsföreningen park hosts a large number of tropical plants and butterflies. It was built in 1878 with the famous Crystal Palace in London as its inspiration. It's named after the middle...
Fisktorget 4, 411 20 Göteborg, Sweden
Feskekörka means "the fish church" and is a fitting name for the indoor fish market, built in 1874, that houses all the glimmering delicacies of the sea. (The name is also an example of typical Gothenburg humor—playing with words and...
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...
Götaplatsen 6, 412 56 Göteborg, Sweden
This is where you enter the world of classical painting. The collections of Gothenburg Art Museum (Göteborgs konstmuseum) focus on Nordic artists from the early 20th century, but you will also find works ranging from Dutch 15th century paintings...
Gothenburg's music scene is lively on all levels, from small cafés that host acoustic sessions to large festivals showcasing all kinds of music. Way Out West is a three-day festival conveniently situated in a central park, Slottskogen, and has...
17, Magasinsgatan, 411 18 Göteborg, Sweden
Take a walk on the narrow pedestrian streets around Magasinsgatan, where smaller fashion brands like Acne, Velour, and Emma & Malena and vintage outlets like Ragtime and Ebbe & Haldis can be found. There are also cafés like DaMatteo, stores for...
Vallgatan 15, 411 16 Göteborg, Sweden
What better souvenir than something you can wear every day—and for a very long time. The renowned jeans company Nudie has its headquarters in Gothenburg and makes jeans out of 100% organic cotton. The jeans are made to last, and sustainability has...
Kungstorget, 411 17 Göteborg, Sweden
This is the perfect place to explore some of the culinary possibilities in Gothenburg. The old indoor food market first opened in 1889. At that time, 92 different food stalls could be found in the building. Today there are not quite as many, but...
Örgrytevägen 5, 402 22 Göteborg, Sweden
Even if you don’t like roundabouts and roller coasters, the amusement park Liseberg is a must when in Gothenburg. The park opened in 1923, and has been the social hub for the people of Gothenburg since then. They go to enjoy the beautiful flower...
Norra Hamngatan 12, 411 14 Göteborg, Sweden
Want to step right into history? Visit the Gothenburg City Museum (Göteborgs stadsmuseum), where you can explore exhibitions dedicated to explaining the city's history. (The most recent exhibition shows the lives of people in the 17th century when...
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