Haga quarters and Church, Göteborg
Okay, if there only is one place you'll take your girlfriend/boyfriend for a romantic walk, Haga is the place!
The Haga quarter is a small area, but you won't need anything more. The streets are small and narrow, and full of beautiful small shops, cafés and antiques.
Leaving the bigger streets, with the traffic, the sounds and the stress behind you, is like going into a new town. There is a calmness in Haga which you won't find anywhere else in the central parts of the city.
When I was younger I often came here with my friends on Sunday mornings to have a chatt and eat a huge cinnamon bun. But then I forgot about it, and it was not until a few summers ago that a friend made sure that I re-discovered these fantastic streets.
My favourite café is "Jakobs café", located in the middle of the central street. Very cosy, quite nice prices, and a nice atmosphere which means you can sit down and talk without having to scream.
During the summer there are also seats outside, which makes it a perfect place to just sit down and look at all the people who pass by.
Haga quarters is the Old town of Gothenburg, once considered as a bad area. But during the last 25 years the city has rebuilt all the old houses, renovated them, and forbid all traffic through the streets.
From Haga it's just around the corner to Haga church, a really huge one. On the other side of the quarter you'll find Järntorget and the ferries to Denmark and Germany.
The Haga Church (Hagakyrkan) was built in the middle of the 19th century. The architect of the Neo-Gothic style building was inspired by churches in England. In the well preserved interior a baroque Brombaugh organ can be found.
The Haga Church can be found in a little park of Goteborg's Haga district. The Haga district is situated southeast of the city centre. The nearest tram stop is "Hagakyrkan".
These are the steps you have to climb to go from Haga up to Fortlet Kronan. Well, these are some of the steps anyway. There are more waiting for you once you get to the top of these ones.
How many they are I do not know, but bring a waterbottle on a hot day! :-)
Between Haga church and Järntorget lies the Haga quarters.
These are the old workers quarters and was once considered as one of the bad parts of the city.
As the city expanded it became more and more a central part of town and with it's narrow cobblestone roads and low old style houses it is now one of the most popular places to live.
With a minimum of traffic and lots of cafés and small fun shops it is a good place to relax a bit and just stroll around. Maby do some shopping that couldn't be more different than the shopping in for example the mall Nordstan.
Fortlet Kronan can also be accessed through Haga.
The Haga area, surrounding Haga Nygata, is the old artists quarter and has lots of restored buildings, coffee shops, little boutiques, 2nd hand shops and antique places. Its has a more bohemian/studenty feel to it than the areas full of big chain stores like Nordstan.
Haga is an old part of town which used to be the King's meadows outside the city defense system (hence its name) but which was then built on and later turned into a working class area as the city grew. Being quite run down at the time, it suffered heavily from the "tearing down" frenzy of Sweden in the 1960s and 70s but then planners realised its historic and social value and some of it was stopped in time. New houses were also built in the same wooden style as before. Today, this has become quite a lively area full of intellectuals and students from the nearby university faculties and "cultural" Linnégatan and people come here to browse the curiosity shops or hang around all day over a cup of tea. The house in the picture is a museum dedicated to life in the old wooden houses of Haga.
Above Haga there is a hill with Skansen Kronan on top of it. It was a part of the protection of Göteborg against the Danish Kingdom. On the other side of town there is a similar building with a lion on top, but the crown is definitely placed in a nicer environment. From there you have a great view down onto town.
The special thing about this church is that I happen to have worked in it one summer! :))) No, I am not an active church-goer but this was my local congregation and the church where most of my friends had their confirmation ceremony (mine was with relatives in the countryside) and so, I often went with them during that time and got an offer to work here, helping the few tourists who found their way to it. The church is very much in an Anglican style and has always reminded me of Salisbury Cathedral with its spire. Not that I have ever been to Salisbury :))) Inside, it has English looking pews and dark wooden colours too. It IS actually quite famous for its church-organ which is one of Europe's biggest. Hence, there are often organ concerts here. To me, the church is now one of the places where I got to "VT" a bit for tourists already as a teenager :)))
Mors Mössa is a small galleri in Haga, a very popular area among both tourists and people from Göteborg. It's not on the main street though so you can ask anyone about the address. The woman who runs the galleri has been running it for decades and she has always shown very interesting contemporary artists. Some of the artists she showed ages ago when they were still quite unknown are now established artists.
Haga is Göteborg’s beautiful old town. It was originally built in the 1600s and over time went through a period of disrepair and bad reputation. It was revitalized in the 1980s, and I’m glad it was. It is the picture of quaint and pretty, with small unique shops, café’s and galleries along it’s cobbled streets. It is much quieter and peaceful than other parts of the city and has great atmosphere. Go to Haga for a relaxing afternoon of browsing through bookstores, sipping a coffee or strolling hand in hand with your sweetie.
Iron used to be an important export, and it was weighted before being exported.
This was done at Jarntorget, hence the name.
At Jarntorget there is a fountain with five female figures symbolising the five continents.
In this little part of Göteborg lies some of th ebest Second Hand shopping places. Behop is my favorit with amazing pieces from the 50's and 60's! There are also a lot of great cafés and a few fashion stores.
Haga district for shopping, Linné street for eating out, Majorna for the athmosphere and Slottsskogen park to relax. Museums: the Maritime, the city museum and the building of a new East-Indiaman!
It's not like all the rest...
Goteborg's oldest suburbs, started in 1648.
During the 1980s and 90s Haga has been carefully renovated in order to keep its style. New buildings built in the old styles have been mixed with the old ones.
Antiquarian bookshops, antique dealers, cafés, design art and handicrafts shops are located in this area.
Just have a walk around to feel the atmosphere!
On the edge of the Haga district is the Hagakyrkan, dating from 1859. Its only open on Tuesdays and Saturdays so I picked the wrong day for my walk around this area and wasn't able to go in! :(