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7 best things to do in Gothenburg, Sweden

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

Gothenburg, Sweden
Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden after Stockholm. The city of Gothenburg is also called ''Little London'' because, in the 1800s, Gothenburg became industrial, and many Scottish and British businessmen moved to Gothenburg.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg is also famous due to its simple and minimalistic Scandinavian architecture. The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in Scandinavia.

Gothenburg, Sweden

How to reach to Gothenburg:

When traveling to Gothenburg, you have a range of transportation options, such as regional and high-speed trains, buses, and flights. The most suitable choice for your journey is contingent on your starting point. In my case, departing from Munich, I opted for a flight to Gothenburg. If you're in search of the best ticket prices from various departure points, simply click the link below.

Things to do in Gothenburg, Sweden:

1. Haga:

Haga is the cute and coziest neighborhood of Gothenburg located in the southwest of the city, The district is famous for its cobblestone streets and 19th-century wooden houses.

Haga, Gothenburg

Järntorgsbrunnen, Gothenburg

Haga is the busiest neighbourhood with uncountable cafes and local shops. I have also bought a souvenir from Haga. You can also find traditional big Swedish cinnamon buns and Swedish Coffee Fika in Haga.

Cafe Husaren Haga, Gothenburg

2. Explore Nordstaden District:

The Nordstaden is the central district located near the Central train station of Gothenburg. The Nordstaden is famous for its shopping experience and its local and international restaurants.

Nordstaden District, Gothenburg

I had started walking from the streets near the Kungsportsplatsen. There are parallel streets full of cafes and shops. Every street has a little glimpse of artist touch and there are narrow passages that take you to the hidden cafes and restaurants.

Kungsportsplatsen., Gothenburg

You can always find a surprise in every street. I was there in February but the city still lightened up with the Christmas lights.

Nordstaden District, Gothenburg

The Stora Saluhallen is an Old fashioned food hall with vendors who offer fresh cheese and other delicatessens.

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Stora Saluhallen, Gothenburg

From these streets, I walked towards the Götenburg Stadsmuseum and enjoyed the beautiful view of the river. There are many restaurant and shopping brands like Zara, H&M located on the river.


I have also been to the Nordstan Shopping mall and found very Scandi fashioned brands.

Nordstan Shopping mall

Nordstan, Gothenburg

3. Avenyn:

If I call Avenyn a 'Champs-Elysee' of Gothenburg, it won't be a lie. It's a very long Boulevard starting from the Old town to the Gotaplatsen Square where there's a huge statue of Posedin.

Avenyn, Gothenburg

The avenue is famous for its liveliness and restaurants. All the famous and local posh restaurant chains like Hard Rock is present there.

Avenyn, Gothenburg

4. Visiting Gothenburg Archipelago:

In the North and South of Gothenburg, tiny granite Islands are highly accessible with the Ferry from Gothenburg.

Saltholmen., Gothenburg

You can take a tram or bus from Gothenburg central to the Saltholmen. There are different ferries which go to the different Island from Satholmen station. You don't need to buy any extra ticket, the city ticket also covers the ferry ride but be careful about the expiry time of your ticket.

Gothenburg Archipelago

These Islands are perfect for the summers with lots of tourists and you should alteast spare one day for Island hopping. There's a journey of 1 hour to the Vrångö Island.

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There are many fishing villages with old shipping settlements and hiking spots. There are also inhabitants living on a few Islands.

Gothenburg Archipelago

As I didn't have enough time, I only went to the closest Island from Saltholmen that's Aspern and Köpstadsö which is only 20 minutes ferry ride.

5. Sightseeing tour on Land & Water Amphibious Bus:

I have also got the chance to experience a unique tour of the Ocean bus which runs on the roads of Gothenburg and then go into the sea.

Ocean bus, Gothenburg

The bus tour starts from the front of the Stora Teaten on the famous Kungsportsavenyen in Gothenburg(in the middle of the city).

The bus passes by many famous tourist spots and the guide explains the fun fact and history and different Monuments of Gothenburg and then it goes near the sea and enters the water with the Splash.


The tour was very interesting and really worth experiencing. The price of the tour is 260 SEK and I booked a ticket online on their website. You can also get the ticket on the spot, but I recommend buying it online because you might not find the seat.


6. Liseberg Amusement Park:

As I'm a huge fan of amusement parks and really wanted to visit Lisberg Amusement Park in Gothenburg, the park was closed due to the off-season. The Liseberg is the largest amusement park in Scandinavia. The park has many record-breaking rides like World's steepest wooden ride.

The park also hosts many musical events every year. I will be definitely coming back to Gothenburg to visit Liseberg Park.

7. Paddan Tour:

The city also offers a sightseeing boat tour across the canals of Gothenburg. The Paddan Tour start from Kungsportsplatsen.

The boat takes under 20 bridges of the Gothenburg. The tickets are available online and you can also buy them from the ticket shop before the departure of the tour.


Gothenburg Guide:

How to reach the City from Airport:

You can either take a taxi from the Airport to the city. It's around a 25-minutes drive or you can take the direct bus outside of the airport. The bus comes quite frequently after every 20 minutes. The bus is called Flygbussarna Airport Coach and it takes around 40 minutes and costs 13.50 Euro for one side trip.

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Göteborg Landvetter Airport

How to travel within Gothenburg:

The city has a very good local transportation network, including trams and buses. You need to download the mobile app ''to go'' and you can easily buy the tram or bus ticket online.

Where to stay in Gothenburg:

Hotel Flora:

The Hotel Flora is a stylish and affordable boutique-style hotel that offers designed and spacious rooms with a flat-screen TV, work desk and other amenities. My room was in pink floral colour and goes with the theme of the hotel.

Hotel Flora, Gothenburg

The Hotel has a modern lobby, restaurant, and bar that offers its guests snacks and beverages. The hotel is located at Grönsakstorget in the central shopping street of Gothenburg and is surrounded by restaurants and highly accessible with local Trams and Bus. The station is just outside of the hotel.

Hotel Flora, Gothenburg

Ending Note:

Gothenburg Museum of Arts:

If you enjoy the Arts, then you must visit the Gothenburg Museum of Arts which is one of the most famous museums in Northern Europe.

Botanical Garden:

If you are a nature lover, you should visit the Botanical Garden in Gothenburg.


It's the largest science centre in the Nordics, which provides an ultimate adventure to discover nature, chemistry, technology and fun experiments under one.

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