Charming Nordic City With An Urban Heart and a Natural Soul
Friendly, vibrant, historical. And immanently walkable. Gothenburg (Göteborg) is all the things you would expect from a modern Scandinavian city and then some. Stepping out of the shadow of other more well-known centers like the country’s capital, Stockholm, Göteborg oozes seaside charm, world-class restaurants, and exciting museums.
Tucked into the southwest coast of Sweden, Gothenburg was once an important commercial fishing center, and is now known as the greenest city in the world, thanks to its leading status in sustainability. Here you’ll find plenty of forests, green parks and space, trams (named after local residents, no less), and bicycle paths, all within a compact core that can easily be covered on foot.
Having morphed from its former industrial roots (it’s the birthplace of Volvo), you’ll find lots of inventive converted spaces. A food market that was once an old warehouse. An abandoned meatpacking district, now home to an urban winery. A prized art center housed in what used to be a boiler house.
But beyond this gritty soul, a beautiful waterfront to explore, 17th-century Dutch-style canals to discover, and many parks to visit. Climb Risåsberget Hill to the fortress Skansen Kronan for panoramic views of the city or find a spot to sit a while to sample an incredible array of delicious cuisine, quality seafood, and world-class craft beers. Enjoy the thriving city or make your way to the magical Bohuslän archipelago, more than 8,000 islands replete with rocky cliffs, dreamy picnic spots, or spots for a simple refreshing swim.
However you choose to spend your stay, Gothenburg may just be the most unexpected port to steal your heart.