On the west coast of Sweden, Gothenburg is the country’s second largest city. Tourists flock to Gothenburg, particularly in the summer months when Liseberg, the city’s gigantic amusement park, opens its doors. Even when Liseberg’s gates aren’t open, Gothenburg has plenty to enjoy and discover! Here are my top ten:
Grab a giant cinnamon roll from Cafe Husaren. What better way to start a holiday than with a giant pastry? Seriously!
Visit the Feskekorka – the fish market. I don’t like eating fish, I don’t like looking at fish, but I really loved walking through the fish market. It doesn’t smell as badly as you would expect, and it feels like walking through a film set! Bonus points if you actually like fish and want to have a proper look around.
Visit the many art galleries and museums. Gothenburg is a main city with a ton of culture… which means of course they have a lot of art galleries and museums for you to enjoy!
Kungsportsavenyen — The main street (or boulevard) in Gothenberg. Here you’ll find the usual best stores to shop in, tons of restaurants and little food kiosks, and, even better, you’ll have plenty of people to watch. My favourite shop in the area was COS, and the little restaurant we stopped at called ‘Jonsborgsgrillen’ where I almost had an asthma attack, but I persevered because the fries were so yummy!
The archipelago. You can reach the islands easily with public transport, and there’s so much to see there year round. Though it might be nicer to have an outdoor picnic in the summer months, in the winter you can still explore Styrsö, and the Vinga lighthouse in the winter, as long as you dress for the weather!
Walk through Slottsskogen. Slottsskogen is a giant park in the city, in the winter it’s home to people getting in their daily nordic ski, and kids tobogganing down the hills. It’s also right next to the…
Botanic gardens! These have come into style as a tourist hotspot in any city, I’d say. I always love visiting botanic gardens as a little relaxing part to any holiday. There’s something about the architecture of greenhouses, being surrounded by flowers that puts anyone at ease!
The Universeum – For those of you travelling with kids, or with a keen interest in science! The Universeum is a science centre with a built-in rainforest fit for you to discover and explore.
Go #accidentallywesanderson building hunting! You’re in Sweden. You’re not going to be disappointed if you look. And I promise it’s more fun than it sounds because you’ll always be able to spot one in a few minutes of walking! My favourite was the Merkur building (hello pink building!), but also this random building we walked by… and so many others!
Go cafe hopping and thrift shopping in Haga. My two favourite things to do, and Haga has no shortage of insanely adorable, candlelit cafes – aka the best kind. Plus, there are a ton of little vintage shops, and local shops to browse through. I could (and did) just spend an entire holiday doing this and still leave perfectly happy!
There you have it, my top 10 things to do in Gothenburg no matter what time of the year you’re visiting! Did Ryanair just have a huge sale and you picked this place without knowing really anything about it? Not to worry, me too! Now that I’ve been I would be happy to go back every year because it’s such a cute little place with the perfect blend of holiday excitement and relaxation! I wrote a little round-up of my first trip to Gothenburg in the post aptly named Fika In The Morning, Hygge In The Evening.