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Gothenburg - Sweden's second largest city

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Göteborg is Sweden's second largest city with about 770 000 inhabitants. It is situated on the west coast of Sweden at the mouth of the river Göta Älv.

The city was founded in 1621 by the king Gustav II Adolf, but was developed largely by city planners and canal experts from the Netherlands and Germany. This explains the Amsterdam-style canal around the city centre.

To this day the city owes much to the influence of people from abroad. Tourists and other visitors return year after year - the Göteborg region is one of the most popular tourist areas in Scandinavia.

The amusement park Liseberg, the largest of its kind in Scandinavia, is situated in the centre of the city. It has entertained millions of people since 1923. Here you can ride roller coasters or see popular artists perform.

The street Avenyn has the highest density of restaurants in Sweden, and the terrace cafés, nightclubs and bars are vibrant with life. This is the place to stroll at your leisure, to see and be seen, whether you’re a local or a tourist.

One of the many reasons to visit Göteborg is definitely the food. Göteborg is known for its fine, locally produced ingredients and top-notch restaurant life.

The Botanical garden is situated within walking distance of Slottsskogen. It is one of the biggest in Europe. Here you can enjoy 13,000 different species of plants, stroll around in the Wood Anemone Valley gully, or stop for a coffee in the cosy café. Come, relax and enjoy the diversity of the gardens. The Gothenburg Botanical Garden has been named The Most Beautiful Garden in Sweden and the third most beautiful in the World!

The city is often likened to San Francisco because, like the American city, this west-coast location has plenty of bridges, hills, water, trams and seafood restaurants.

Göteborg has a long trade and industrial tradition. Many of Sweden's most famous companies have their roots in Göteborg. Some of these companies are Volvo, SKF and ESAB.

The Port of Göteborg is the largest in Scandinavia. Even though the port has largely moved from the centre of the city, it still plays an important role in the city's life and atmosphere.

In 2006 Göteborg hosted the 19th European Athletics Championships.

Göteborg has everything a modern city can offer, combined with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Gothenburgh's official tourist website www.goteborg.com offers the Gothenburg City Pass which allows entry into many tourist attractions, grand houses, museums as well as offering free travel on trams and buses and free parking. The pass also gives tourists access to vouchers and special offers and specific shopping areas. It is the most cost effective way of getting around Gothenburg and visiting the city's hot spots.

Recently, this City Pass was made available on people's mobile phones making it not only the most cost effective means of sight seeing but also the most convenient.



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Flight, bus, train to Gothenburg, Sweden

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By plane

Landvetter Airport (airport code: GOT) is Gothenburg's main airport, located 25 km east of the city. About 30 airlines fly to Landvetter e.g. SAS, Sterling, Lufthansa, KLM, Finnair, and City Airline.

There is a Flybussarna bus service from Landvetter into the city. It runs every 15-20 minutes, costs 75 SEK one way (140 SEK return), and the journey takes approximately 20-30 minutes. It stops at several locations (first stop near Liseberg; final stop: the Nils Ericson terminal).

Gothenburg City Airport (airport code: GSE) was previously known as Säve Airport. This is definitely in the 'small' category of airport, and you should expect to wait a while for your bags. It is closer to Gothenburg than the main Landvetter airport. A bus (cost SEK 50) meets each flight, and takes you to the bus and train terminal in 30 minutes. Ryanair, Wizz Air and Air Berlin are the only airlines that use it.

By train

Trains from all different parts of Sweden arrive and leave from Centralstationen (tram Centralstationen/Drottningtorget). There is also a service to Copenhagen via the Øresund bridge. Information and booking of train tickets at SJ.

By car

The roads E6, E20 and national road 45 (riksväg 45) pass through Gothenburg. If you come by car from Stockholm, you should take E4 and national road 40.

Approximate distances & travelling time:

* to Malmö (E6/E20 south): 300km, 3hrs
* to Oslo (E6 north): 320km, 4hrs
* to Stockholm (40 east, E4): 500km, 5 to 6hrs
* to Copenhagen (E6/E20 south): 317km, 3,5hrs

Be aware that parking in Gothenburg can be difficult and expensive, as free parking doesn't seem to exist. Prices per hour vary between 7 different zones and can be as high as 20 SEK the hour. Free parking is however included in the Gothenburg pass if you happen to own one.
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Several coach services operate in and out of Gothenburg including Eurolines, Säfflebussen and Swebus Express. Nils Ericsson Terminalen, located in connection with the central station, is the most common bus stop.

By ship

Stena Line [4] operates ships to/from Denmark (Fredrikshavn) and Germany (Kiel). The terminals are situated near the city centre. Tramway stops: Masthuggstorget (Frederikshavn), Chapmans Torg (Kiel).

DFDS Seaways [5] operates ships to/from Norway (Kristiansand) and United Kingdom (Newcastle). The terminal is situated near the city centre. Tramway stop: Frihamnen. This service closes at the end of October 2006 as the ship has been sold.

DFDS Torline [6] is a cargo line with limited passenger capacity. They can take a small number of passengers to Gothenburg from Belgium (Ghent) and United Kingdom (Immingham and Tilbury).



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Sights in Gothenburg, Sweden


* Skansen Kronan (Crown Keep) is a hilltop fortification, southwest of the city center, built in the 17th century. In the 19th century it served as a prison, and now houses a military museum. Its twin Skansen Lejonet (Lion Keep) unfortunately finds itself in the middle of a railroad and industrial area but guided tours are held the first and third Sunday of every month.
* Close to Skansen Kronan is Haga, a city district with picturesque wooden houses from the 19th century. Don't forget to explore the more bohemian Långgatan streets (Första, Andra, Tredje and Fjärde Långgatan) nearby.
* The indoor Fish Market, called "Feskekôrka" (Fish Church) because of the shape of the building, is located by the canal near the harbor.


* Gothenburg Art Museum (Göteborgs Konstmuseum), Götaplatsen. Housed in a magnificent edifice flanked by the theater and concert hall, it features a world-class collection of Nordic art. The adjacent Hasselblad Center periodically holds public exhibitions, and the Art Hall (free entry) features contemporary art.
* Gothenburg City Museum (Göteborgs Stadsmuseum), Norra Hamngatan 12. Covers the history of the city and region from prehistoric times to the present, with emphasis on the 19th-century Swedish East India Company, which was once housed in the building.
* Universeum, Södra Vägen 50 (Liseberg). A new museum focusing on the environment with an indoor rainforest, experiment workshop etc.
* Museum of World Culture, Södra Vägen 54 (Liseberg). A cultural counterpart to the science-oriented Universeum, it's a museum of ethnography and anthropology, with a thoroughly contemporary approach. There are regular special events such as concerts, films, and lectures. Free entry to some of the museum's exhibits. Entrance fee: 40 SEK per year!
* Maritiman, Packhuskajen 8½. "The world's biggest floating museum of ships" consists of 19 boats of all sizes. The biggest attraction is the former military destroyer Småland.
* Maritime Museum, Stigbergstorget, Majorna, explains the maritime history of Gothenburg, West Sweden and of the fishing industry; has models of sailing ships. There is a lookout, in pillar of the "Seamans wife", just by the museum where you can view the harbour.
* Gothenburg Natural History Museum, Slottsskogen (Linnéplatsen). The oldest museum in Gothenburg includes a stuffed blue whale and is situated in Slottsskogen.
* Volvo Museum, Hisingen - yes of course, in the home town of Volvo you can view the past and present models of the Swedish car.
* The Röhsska Museum is the national museum of Swedish design and applied art.
* Gothenburg Radio Museum [18]. Anders Carlssons gata 2 (Götaverkens industriområde).
* Kviberg Military Museum at the former Artillery Regiment at Kviberg shows guns and equipment of the Artillery and the Anti Aircraft Artillery. Opening hours: June to August, Tuesday and Wednesday 12.00-14.00. Rest of the year Tuesday to Thursday 12.00-14.00. First Thursday of every month except January 17.00-19.00.
* KA 4 Museum and the Fort of Oskar II. A museum at the former Coast Artillery Regiment at Käringberget. Irregular opening hours.

Historical buildings

* Gothenburg Cathedral, Västra Hamngatan. Built in 1815.
* Christinae Church (German Church), Norra Hamngatan. Built in 1748.
* Crown House (Kronhuset), Postgatan. Built in 1643-1655, and briefly home of the Swedish Parliament. It currently houses Göteborgs Musik, and the surrounding buildings are now cafes and crafts workshops.
* Oscar Fredrik Church, Värmlandsgatan. The largest and most well decorated church. Built 1893.

* Slottsskogen, a big English garden close to the Botanical Garden with a small zoo and old homestead houses.
* The Gothenburg Botanical Garden (Carl Skottbergs Gata 22 A) has an area of 175 hectares and was selected as the most beautiful garden in Sweden in 2003. Don't miss the rare Easter Island tree. Free entrance, except for the greenhouse.
* Trädgårdsföreningen, a picturesque garden with a very nice collection of roses in the city centre.


* Gothenburg is the starting point of the itinerary 'Sixteen days in Götaland and Svealand'.



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