Visiting Göteborg

​Gothenburg/Göteborg is Sweden's second largest city located on the west coast of Sweden. Colloquially known as Sweden’s most relaxed city, there is much to see and enjoy here: world-class seafood, cutting-edge art and architecture, and a stunning coastline and archipelago. Göteborg is a port town with an active waterfront boasting many nautical attractions, from ships to aquariums and ocean and sailing museums, to the freshest fish (locally caught).

The first city plan that was drawn up in the 1620s followed a Dutch plan which included many moats and canals. The city was initially modelled as a ‘New Amsterdam’, but active trade and exchange with English businessmen left an even stronger impression on the city, and Gothenburg became known as a coastal ‘Little London’ instead – an expression still used today. The city center is compact and easily accessible by foot (distance less than a mile). The main shopping area is located down town close to the central station at the northern end of town. From there Östra Hamngatan leads southeast across one of Göteborg’s remaining 17th-century canals, through Kungsparken (King’s Park) to the city’s boutique- and upscale bar–lined ‘Avenyn’ boulevard.

More information on local attractions is available through the official tourist guide of Göteborg:

Page manager Published: Fri 12 Feb 2016.