Gothenburg is a wonderful port city and Sweden’s second largest city. You’ll find it on the Swedish west coast. In Swedish it’s known as Goteborg. Lots of visitors come to the city each year and it has become most popular. It was founded by Royal Charter in 1621 by King Gutavus Adolphus. The Port of Gothenburg at the mouth of the Gota alv River counts as the largest port in the Nordic countries. Gothenburg is also home to many students as the city is home to two universities – the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.
Families won’t want to miss Liseberg which is Scandinavia’s largest amusement park. No matter how old you are you’ll love it here. There is something for everyone like fast paced roller coasters and children’s carousels. You can hear concerts by popular artists and enjoy lovely exotic flowers that are always in the background. The park is open daily from May to August and open on weekends in April, September and October. For special fun Liseberg opens up in December so visitors can enjoy a typical Swedish Christmas market and children can take pony rides.
Be sure to visit Slottsskogen which means “the castle forest”. Here visitors will find several places of interest like Gothenburg’s Natural History Museum, Barnens Zoo (a children’s zoo), and a family animal park. The park has the city’s oldest observatory. During the summer people enjoy sun-bathing on the grass and having picnics. You can even have fun playing a round of mini-golf. For entertainment there are folk dances and popular concerts. In the park you can see Swedish elk, deer and horses. In the children’s zoo there are boars, hairy goats, sheep, rabbits, hens and Gotland ponies. The ponds are home to ducks, seals and penguins.
A most interesting museum to visit is The Maritime Museum and Aquarium. Here you can actually explore marine life under, above and near the water. You’ll find exhibitions, a playroom for children, a reading lounge and a high-tech navigation simulator. Families just love the aquarium where they can learn about Nordic and tropical waters and enjoy the fascinating sea life. There is an interesting permanent exhibition offering 400 years of Swedish shipping which includes objects from the Swedish American Line, memories of sailor’s life on board, and exciting stories from the port city of Gothenburg. The museum also features family activities and historical tours of the city. You can relax in the café.
Visit the Botanical Garden which is the largest of its kind in Sweden. Most of the territory is a nature reserve. Here visitors can see more than 12,000 species of plants. There is a bamboo grove, a bulb garden, greenhouses, an herb garden, a Japanese valley, a rock garden and much more to delight in. It provides a relaxing atmosphere and there are plenty of places just to sit down and enjoy your surroundings.
A wonderful place to visit is the Southern Gothenburg Archipelago located off the coast of Gothenburg. It is entirely free of cars. In the archipelago there are 5,000 permanent residents and another 6,000 residents arrive in the summertime. It’s interesting to know that in the Norse sagas, this archipelago was known as Elfarsker meaning “the river islets” since the Gota alv River had its estuary here. There are several lovely islands which are great for bathing and excursions. The popular ones are Aspero, Styrso and Vrango. Visitors can take a boat tour around the area.
When it’s time to do some shopping head for Kungsportsavenyn also commonly known as “Avenyn” or “Avenue”. This is the main street of Gothenburg. It has a variety of shops and restaurants for all budgets. The street stretches for around 6 miles in length, from the edge of the water at Gothenburg’s Old City and finally comes to an end at Gotaplatsen Square.