Hotell Kusten

Kustgatan 10, Gothenburg, 414 55, Sweden
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Christmas market visit

by Calcruzer6448

I'm traveling to Goteborg on 05-12-07 (December) arriving at the city airport at 21:00 (9:00 PM) and will be staying at the Ibis hotel (the boat) for two nights, then taking the train to Oslo on 07-12-07 in the morning (7:00) (7 AM).

My questions are:

What is the easiest way to get to the Christmas market at Lisberg? (I understand you take the #5 tram from downtown--is that correct?). Also, can anyone recommend what to do in a single day in Goteborg--apparently browsing the streets and visiting the natural history museum are two things to do--but also I understand there are some interesting cafes and architectural areas.
Lastly, how difficult (and safe) is it to walk to the Ibis from the train station late at night in the winter in Goteborg--and if not safe, how do I get there--a taxi? a bus? a tram?

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
Gary

Re: Christmas market visit

by marielexoteria

I've taken the tram #5 från Hisingen (outside of the city center) and it does stop at Liseberg. According to the travel planner of Väst Trafik (www.vasttrafik.se) you walk from your hotel to Brunnsparken and from there you take the tram 5 (and back).

I wouldn't be worried about safety from the Central station to the hotel as in being mugged or robbed, however if you're traveling with heavy baggage it might be a challenge if the sidewalks are icy (it's been snowing up here but I don't know how it is down there). According to the travel planner, the bus 59 should take you to the street called Gullbergs Strandgata where the hotel is. Should you take that bus, get off at the stop called Falutorget. Walking from the Central station is about 700m.

A place to go might be the garden Trädgårdsföreningen.

Remember that you need to buy your tram/bus tickets before you get on and that it's not possible to buy them from the bus/tram driver anymore.

Hope this helps while the VT'ers that live down there answer.

Re: Christmas market visit

by marielexoteria

Sorry, I meant from your hotel to the train station late at night, but the tips still apply.

Travel Tips for Göteborg

The Swedish Coast - Lysekil

by yooperprof

Get out of the city. There are some beautiful areas nearby, in the forests north of the city some excellent hiking. I most enjoyed the day trip that I took up the coast to the community of Lysekil. It was a very easy excursion on a local bus route, off the beaten path but an interesting glimpse of a little known part of Sweden.

Jackets deposit.

by A2002

When you go to a restaurant for a meal, there will be a counter manned by one person to deposit your jackets. It costs 15Kn per piece. It is kinda "compulsory" to deposit the jacket. Perhaps, it's just another money earning opportunity...

Remove everything from the pockets of your jacket. I saw a small sign stating that they do not take responsibility for anything been lost.

Swedish semantics antics...

by Todd64

I know it's difficult to find a good course on the net, but do try to learn at least a little Swedish before your trip. It not only shows respect for their culture, but will make things a little easier for you should you run into someone who perhaps doesn't speak your language. I was in one of the many curious little shops on Haga Nygata, and in line was an American asking the saleswoman 'How much is that in real money?' Well, being that I don't have a complete command of the Swedish language, I'm afraid I missed most of the answer, but the term 'hynda' was used, which of course caused my friend to laugh out loud hysterically.

The most complete free course on Swedish that I've been able to locate on the net is Björn Engdahl's , so I've included his website here for you take a peek at.

Swedish 101 primer:

Hi - Hej! (hey)
How are you? - Hur mår du? (hewr mawr dew)
Can you help me? - Kan du hjälpa mig? (can dew yelpa may)
Where is the toilet? - Var är toaletten? (vahr ay too-aletten)
Excellent! - Utmärkt! (ewtmerkt)
Thank you! - Tack! (tack)

What more could you need? ;o)

Gothia Cup

by Sjalen

As I mentioned in my football tip, Göteborg hosts the Gothia Cup football event every summer too when lots of children from around the world invade the city. They are accommodated in city schools and play in sports fields all over town, the best teams then battling it out in the final stages on the Heden football ground (normally used by local hobby football teams for excersising) in the city centre, on the road to New Ullevi which you can see in the distance in this picture. Children make friends for life and it is always interesting to see teams from Africa and South America meet Swedish and other "almost local" teams from around Europe. If you coach a youth team, why not enrol it :)

Visit the southern archipeligo

by IanL7781

For a great CHEAP afternoon trip take the no. 11 tram at 13:56 from the central square outside the central train station to Saltholmen, walk 150 mtrs to the boat terminal and catch the 14:40 sailing to Branno Husvik, stay on the boat returning to Saltholmen at 16:21 and catch the next tram back to the central square.

A lovely cruise in the southern islands and all for 2 coupons (SEK40) or less if you buy a multitrip discount card!

The boat has a cafe selling coffee, drinks and snacks. the views are outstanding.

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