Flights to Gothenburg
Gothenburg – become instantly smitten with this picturesque port city
Visiting Sweden’s second city Gothenburg, you’ll feel that you’re on a set of a Sir David Attenborough film yet to be made. One of the most important port cities in the Nordics, Gothenburg is just that amazingly beautiful. Colourful houses, seaside cafes, lunch breaks in green parks, Christmas lights in winter, the best seafood restaurants and vibrant nightlife – it’s all just 1 hour and 25 minutes away.
Kids & families
Liseberg amusement park
Liseberg amusement park in the city centre is not only for children. Many concerts take place here, too, and it’s the site of acclaimed restaurants. Being the biggest amusement park in Scandinavia, Liseberg also has the fastest and highest roller coasters and freefall attractions.
Those looking for less adrenaline in their entertainment can visit the cafés, shops, playgrounds, observatory and zoo in Slottskogen Park.
All City Card holders will get free admission to Liseberg amusement park.
The biggest science centre in Scandinavia, Universeum, is located in an area of over 18,000 m3. You can immerse yourself in a rainforest, see tropical animals with your own eyes and swim with the fishes when you visit the aquarium, which recreates a North Sea environment.
When you visit Universeum, remember to bring suitable outer wear – the indoor temperature ranges from outdoor temperatures to +26 C.
The Aquarium and Maritime Museum
This museum is fun for the whole family to explore. The permanent exhibition, which introduces the Swedish fleet, displays objects from up to 400 years ago. The play area, workshops and tours and exhibitions that introduce history acquaint visitors with all manner of sea creatures from the North Sea to tropical waters.
All City Card holders will get free admission to the Aquarium and the Maritime Museum.
Göteborg Film Festival
Scandinavia’s biggest film festival is held every year from late January to early February. The film programme is carefully selected from recent debuts and films yet to be released from all over the world, some of which may not make it to big screen cinema. During the fortnight, over 400 films from more than 70 countries are screened. Besides films, there’s a Nordic trade fair, workshops and seminars. The Gothenburg Film Festival has an important role in ensuring that Nordic films make it to the world’s cinemas.
Gothenburg Museum of Art
Although the Gothenburg Museum of Art holds works by Munch, Monet, Picasso and Rembrandt, contemporary art has always been well represented here. Six floors of exhibitions hold various collections and works from Nordic and world masters. In addition to the rotating exhibitions and permanent exhibitions, many workshops take place here.
All City Card holders get free admission to the Gothenburg Museum of Art.
Food, drink and nightlife
While food trucks are only starting to catch on in Estonia, they’ve long been a trend in Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia. Anyone shy about trying street food because of food sanitation concerns have nothing to fear here. Strömmingsluckan is one of the best examples of how to offer top-flight culinary experiences while keeping prices affordable.
River Restaurant on The Pier
All seafood lovers are recommended to visit the seaside, city centre River Restaurant on The Pier. The menu features dishes prepared from fish caught by local fishermen as well as from exported exotic seafood. Ingredients are always perfectly fresh and food critics have named the restaurant their favourite on several occasions.
Michelin starred restaurants
Gothenburg offers an extraordinary opportunity to eat at one or more restaurants that have been awarded Michelin stars. This unsung culinary capital has seven restaurants with the prestigious honour: Upper House, SK Mat & Människor, Thörnströms Kök, Restaurang 28+, Koka, Bhoga and Sjömagasinet. There is a very good chance of successfully booking a table at one of these restaurants.
A nightclub set up on multiple floors, with a roof terrace, is a really popular place among locals and tourists. Parties held every week pack in the crowds with carefully selected programme and a well-tuned atmosphere.
One of Sweden’s most legendary clubs, playing jazz but also electronic music, techno, R&B, house and other styles. The food at Nefertiti is also acclaimed.
Gothenburg is a real fashionista paradise, with big shopping malls and countless smaller designer boutiques, from big and luxury name brands to exclusive vintage shops. Haga is one of the most popular shopping districts, with many different shops and cafes. In the winter, the city becomes particularly appealing when the Christmas lights come on and the various seasonal markets – 11 of them – are highly recommended.
Along with retailers and restaurants, there’s always a fashion show, exhibition, tournament or market going on at one of the biggest shopping malls in Scandinavia, Nordstan.
NK – Nordiska Kompaniet
NK – Nordiska Kompaniet – is another famous Swedish department store. Local and international designers are represented here. Children have a wide variety of merchandise, and home furnishings, electronic and sports fans are catered for as well.
Beyond Retro is a vintage store hat gets good marks for its selection of goods for the follower of every fashion and designer. Every item is carefully selected; no random piles of garments here.
Public transport and bicycling are both good options for getting around Gothenburg. Bike rental outlets are easy to find as there are more than 50 of them and they are convenient to use. You can pick up a bike at one location and return it at any other.
Public transport is good for covering longer distances, of course. Trams, buses and boats are among the modes of transport in Gothenburg’s public transport system. Keep an eye on the meter in taxis to keep the fare from going over budget –the city doesn’t have flat rates.
Buy a three-day ticket for unlimited rides on buses, trams and boats in the system. The City Card bundles the unlimited public transport with admission to museums, amusement park, Universeum and other attractions.
Did you know...
- Swedish movie star and producer Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) was born and raised in Gothenburg
- Nordica’s direct flight from Tallinn to Gothenburg takes 1 hour and 25 minutes
Tallinn (TLL) - Gothenburg (GOT)