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Gothenburg (Göteborg) | A Charming Scandinavian Getaway

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Sweden’s second city is a chilled out port destination filled with good times along the country’s western coast. Lined with charming canals and rocky islands along the shore, an aquatic getaway is always near.

Cast away into the Kattegat and dine on exquisite seafood while you explore the land of Vikings!

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Sail to the Archipelago

Just a quick ferry ride away, the northern and southern archipelagos are the perfect location to relax at sea. Enjoy the cool breeze on the top deck as you pass by speed boats and kayakers hopping around the islands. Once you make landfall, stress is strewn to the wayside and the peaceful sounds of waves crashing against the craggy rocks takes over. The northern archipelago is home to Hönö and Öckerö which is teeming with quaint shops, relaxed restaurants, and adventurous activities. Drive your car or scooter onto the ferry to navigate the islands.

In contrast, the southern islands of the archipelago, such as Brännö and Vrångö, offer a more serene atmosphere. No cars are allowed and bicycle is the optimal means of transport. Sprawl out on the rocks, go for a dip, and let your worries melt away at this seaside paradise.

How to Get There: To reach the northern islands, take the Röd Express to the Lilla Varholmen ferry terminal. Bus 290 and 291 will take you straight to Hönö should you wish to bypass the ferry. Alternatively, the Saltholmen boat terminal will take you to the southern islands. Bus 114, tram 11, and tram 9 (summer only) can transport you to Saltholmen.

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Seafood Galore at Feskekôrka

Nicknamed ‘Fish Church,’ this massive fish market is a fantastic place to sink your teeth into fresh seafood. Smoked salmon, crayfish, oysters, shrimp, and much more are available for take away. Take a seat outside by the canal and watch boats cruise by while you taste the flavors of Gothenburg. Alternatively, sit down for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants on either end of this Neo-gothic building.

How to Get There: Take the 1,3,9, or 11 tram to the Järntorget station and walk roughly seven minutes to reach the fish market.

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Have a Fika at Haga

Fika is the Swedish term for a coffee break and this quaint neighborhood is a friendly setting for your cup of joe. Stroll through the cobblestone streets and traditional houses along each passageway. Boutique shops and independent cafes line the streets. Around each corner, find a plethora of sweet treats and smell the coffee beans being roasted. Haga is the perfect place to splurge on a shopping spree after socializing with friends or meeting welcoming locals.

How to Get There: Take the 1,3,9, or 11 tram to the Järntorget station and walk roughly four minutes to reach the Haga neighborhood.

Liseberg – Scandinavia’s Biggest Amusement Park

Thrill seekers can tackle one of the most adventurous things to do in Gothenburg! With over 40 attractions, the park has guaranteed fun for all ages. Ride the death-defying Helix or AtmosFear to feel your heart race. On the other hand, skip over to Kaninlandet for child friendly activities. Restaurants, exciting games, beautiful gardens and more await at Liseberg!

How to Get There: Take the 2 or 4 tram to the Getebergsäng station and walk roughly five minutes to reach Liseberg.

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Have a Green Escape at Slottsskogen

The perfect place to unwind without leaving the city! Gothenburg’s most popular urban park is filled with picturesque forest scenery. Trek through the snaking paths decorated with gorgeous foliage or have a lovely picnic. Slottsskogen is home to a zoo featuring adorable animals such as elk and Gotland ponies. The park hosts some of Gothenburg’s biggest events during the year like the Way Out West music festival.

How to Get There: Take the 1 or 7 tram to the Botaniska Trädgården station located at the southern side of the park.

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