This is the best bar street in all of Gothenburg. It is more relaxed than Avenyn and has a much better atmosphere.
Here you can go to eat, drink or just stroll around. Most of the restaurants has great outdoor serving areas and there are lots of bars and restaurants to choose from.
I will not single out any specific places because Linnégatan is a place to drift from place to place rather than getting stuck in one place.
At the top of Linnégatan you come to Slottskogen, more about that under it's own header.
County governor houses
Typical houses in many areas of Göteborg are the county governor houses, where one floor is made of stone and two of wood. This kind of house appeared in 1875 when a man got permission to built like this. It was a way of getting round the law saying that wooden houses could not be higher than two floors.Related to:
Looking Up And Around
While walking through Göteborg, I highly recommend you stop worrying about tripping over tram tracks and "other" drunken tourists and keep your eyes looking up and around you. The number of monuments, statues and modern art scattered throughout this city is almost staggering.
Why,...a stroll along the banks of certain sections of of the Göta River alone will net you a new piece of modern sculpture every few meters, while a late evening amble through Götaplatsen could aquaint you with the majesty and mythology of Poseiden. (you should see the size of his Herring!) Even simply stopping for a coffee near Gustav Adolfs Torg would introduce you to one of my personal favorites: a depiction of the legendary moment when Gustav II Adolf pointed his finger to the ground proudly proclaiming; "That's where this town is going to be!".
Unfortunately they put a street lamp there and built the town around it, but you get the idea. ;o)Related to:
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Bokrean - the time to buy cheap books!
During a few weeks every year, at the end of February until the middle of March, most Swedes suddenly get crazy about books. It's time for the huge book sale! Every book store worth the name then has a huge sale on a lot of books, thrillers, biographies, guide books, fact books - just about everything. And for those of you who doesn't understand swedish - don't worry! A lot of books in english goes on sale too!
It starts at midnight on the 27th of February (check that up, as it might change from year to year) when the stores gets over crowded with crazy people who buy books they one week earlier never even had considered to buy.
You think I'm mean? Well, I just bought 8 new guide books, one about New York, whom I don't even have any plans to visit for the next couple of years at least...
But hey, it's a sale, it's crowded, and no one really thinks about what they are buying. But fun.
After a few days the panic has slowed down a bit, and also normal people can go into the book stores. Although the risk then is that all the good offers are already sold and gone.
A book store normally sell about 10 per cent of it's yearly sale during these few weeks, so you can imagine how many people that buy books during the sale.
The most famous book stores in Gothenburg are the big chains, "Wettergrens" and "Akademibokhandeln". Prices are at least 30 per cent lower than normal, but I paid 50-55 per cent less for my guide books than I would have done otherwise.
This year (2007) Akademibokhandeln had a really good offer during the first three days of the sale. Every book that wasn't on the normal sale, was 30 per cent off the normal price. So, sale in the whole shop in other words.
Earlier tradition said that only books that were three years or older were allowed to be included in the sale. But the last year that has changed, and now any book can go on sale. In 2007 the most popular sale books were Dan Brown's different books, which went for only 59 SEK (6 euro).
Or how about a huge world atlas for 79 SEK (8 euro)?Related to:
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Gothia Cup - biggest tournament in the world
One week every summer the last 30 years the biggest youth tournament in football has been played in Göteborg. It’s called Gothia Cup, and this summer another 30 000 players in 1500 teams from 60-70 different countries will come to the city, play matches, and have fun.
BK Häcken is the organizing club for this, and make millions SEK every year. The cupgeneral is Dennis Andersson, who has been involved in the tournament all the way from the beginning, the 26 last years as the general.
The tournament starts at a Monday (2005 the 18 of June), but already 1-3 days before you can see young football-players all over town. On Monday evening there is huge opening ceremony at New Ullevi, that the last years always have been sold out (43 000 spectators). There are games played at 91 different pitches during the week, and during Friday-Saturday is the time for the finals in all classes. Last year a total of 4320 games were played during 6 days.
Stockholm-club IF Brommapojkarna is the club that have won the tournament most times (18 times), followed by Bolivia-club Tahuichi with 9 victories.Related to:
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IFK Göteborg's supporters
IFK Göteborg’s supporters are called Änglarna (The Angels). The supporter club was formed in 1973 and is one of the oldest in Sweden. The IFK-supporters are seen as one of the best groups in Sweden, although not the very best.
The last season the culture has started to change, and what earlier was just one group (Änglarna) have now changed to many more. Different ultras-groups, as Ultra Bulldogs, Young Lion and West Coast Angels have been formed, and now is the groups that decides things in the IFK-curva. At least when it comes to the atmosphere.
From the beginning the IFK-supporters, as all Swedish supporters during this time, were more british-styled. Many of their songs were even sung in English. But in the middle of the 1990-ties, in 1997, the supporters started to look more at the south European ultras-culture, when they organized many choreographies, but with the ultra-movement taking over the curva it’s now even more latin-style. For example there isn’t one song anymore that is in English.
Earlier Änglarna had their own shop and pub at Friggagatan 8 in Göteborg. But since last year that is gone, and they now have their official supporter-bar at “Harry’s”, close to the Avenue.
At matchdays, more or less all of the pubs around the Avenue (Avenyn in Swedish) is crowded with IFK-supporters. Specially “Bryggeriet”, “Rose&Crown” and “Lipp”.Related to:
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Other sports in Göteborg
As I wrote above, Göteborg is a really "sporty" town, with successful teams in a lot of different sports.
So if you want to see any good sport games when you're in Sweden, Göteborg should be the right place for you.
In ice hockey there is Västra Frölunda (no connection to the football-team) who won the swedish league 03/04, and have good chances to do it this season again. They are playing in Scandinavium, a big 12 000 seater indoor stadium. They are very popular, which means it for most games can be very hard to find tickets.
Their supporter-group is called "Goa Gubbar" which means something like "Good guys". And that's how they are too... ;)
In handball there are Redbergslid, and also Sävehof (even if the latter one actually is from Partille, outside Göteborg), who both are really successfull.
Redbergslid are in the middle of a generation change, which unfortunately means that they probably won't reach the final this season.
On the other side Sävehof is playing really good, and has so far reached the 1/8 final in the Champions League and are also top of the swedish league.
Also Heid is playing in the first league, but they are having a really tough year at the bottom of the table.
Redbergslid is playing in Lisebergshallen, next to the big amusmentpark in Göteborg. Sävehof plays in Partillebohallen, outside Göteborg. Also their female-team is very successful.
Heid plays in Heidhallen.
In floorball there is Pixbo, who won the league last year, but are having some trouble this season. Still a good team though, and it always fun to see them play.
They play there games in Lisebergshallen or Wallenstamshallen.
There are also Göteborg-teams in other sports, like Höjden (bandy, second division) and Högsbo (basketball, second division).
Also the atletics from Göteborg is very successful, like Christian Olsson (triple-jump) for example.
Probably have forgotten some team and sports... I'll be back with that some day... ;)
Rambergsvallen- home of Häcken
Rambergsvallen is the stadium of BK Häcken. As the club itself it’s situated on the island Hisingen, although you’ll hardly notice that you leave the land… I like this stadium, despite there are running-tracks… The capacity is 7000, although there were 8 379 spectators when Häcken-IFK Göteborg met in 2000.
If you want to sit down during the game you’ll choose one of the longstands, where there are only seats. On the other side it’s standing only. A quite strange thing with this stadium is that there are no tribunes on the short-sides of the stadium!?
Häcken-supporters are standing on the flank of the standing-area, while away-supporters stands on the same side, but on the other flank.
Tickets cost from 80 SEK (8 euro). 120-150 SEK for a seat. There are hardly never any games sold out, although you probably should come in the last minute for Häcken-IFK Göteborg. Häcken had a media of 1173 spectators in the second division 2004. Next year, in Allsvenskan, that might change to 3-4000, but not more.
Ruddalen - home of Västra Frölunda
Ruddalen is the home for Västra Frölunda IF. It’s a very small stadium, but very nice. You get so close to the players that you actually almost can touch them (if you now should want to do that…?). The tribunes are very low, so it’s quite hard to get any overview of the game.
The capacity for the stadium is just 5 500 spectators, but despite that it’s very rarely sold out. Not even for derbies for some reason. Frölunda doesn’t have many supporters, but it’s also quite difficult to get to the stadium for neutral spectators. It’s a 20-25 minutes ride by tram for the center, and then another 10 minutes by foot.
Tickets are quite cheap though. 100 SEK (10 euro) for a seat. 60 SEK (6 euro) for standing. The few home supporters that exist stands in the middle of the first stand. Away supporters have their own sector on the flank at the same side.
In the middle of that side is the VIP- and Press-area!?
Göteborgs FC - only female club in town
There is only one club for women in the first division from Göteborg. Göteborg FC, former known as Landvetter, will this season try their best to win the female-league.
I can't say that I've been "that" interested in the team before, women football isn't the same sport according to me. I've seen some games, but always due to work.
Now it could maybe be a bit more fun. The team will play at a stadium more central (not decided which one yet) and it has bought some really good players so far. Doubtful if it's enough to win the league, but if I don't have anything to do for a day I can definately imagine myself going to watch a game.
And that the club now tries to buy the sexiest girl in Sweden has nothing to do with my change of mind, of course... ;)
Note: No, there won't be any games with Göteborgs FC for next year either... The girl chose to go to another club...
Frölunda-supporters - few... eh... just few!
Frölunda’s supporters are in the same situation as Häcken. The supporter club “West Front” tries to do something about the dead atmosphere at Ruddalen, but so far they haven’t got any success. Last season there were games when they weren’t more than 5-6 persons… The have a big flag that they use now and then, but apart from that it’s only some small flags.
The Book and Library Fair in Gothenburg
The book and library fair in Göteborg has grown to a big event. Many are those international authors who visit the fair to talk about and sign their books.
If you are interested in books this is a thing you should not miss.
The event takes place in September each year. It is the most important book fair in Sweden.Related to:
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Örgryte - the second club of Göteborg
The second club in the alliance with IFK Göteborg and Gais. Örgryte, who has a reputation of being the “snobbish” club in the town, with their supporters in general coming from the richer parts of the town, haven’t won the league since 1985 (while they beat IFK in the final, the first live-game I ever seen at a stadium…).
Nowadays they have big problems instead, although they won the Swedish cup 2000. But the economy is crap, close to bankruptcy, and so is also the team. This year they were one goal in the 90th minute to get relegated to the second division in the last qualification-game.
Although it’s the first year since 1998 they went so bad in the league it’s an important sign for the board that something has to be done, and that quickly. Unfortunately it’s not that easy when the economy is close to catastrof.
The club have earlier had big players, as Marcus Allbäck (Bari, Hereenveen, Aston Villa, Hansa Rostock) and Johan Elmander (Feyenoord, NAC Breda and now Bröndby) but have this season a team without any real star players. The best one should be Magnus Källander, who came back from the league in Greece. But not even he has been able to save Örgryte. Now in December 2004 the coach was changed, and from this winter Zoran Lukic, ex-coach of Djurgården, will be the boss at Örgryte. Let’s see what that will give…
Otherwise it’s one of the most classic Swedish clubs. Örgryte was formed in 1887, one of the oldest Swedish club, and they have won the Swedish league 12 times, but only once after 1913… During a couple of seasons in the beginning of the 1990-ties they went up and down throw the first and third division, but since 1995 they have always played in allsvenskan.
Gamla Ullevi is a classic stadium in Göteborg. It was built in 1916 and was the home for the IFK, Örgryte and Gais. During the first years the name of the stadium was “Ullervi” after a pre-nordic God called “Ull”. The original capacity was 5006 spectators. After a few years it got it’s current name, Ullevi. A name that once again was changed in 1958, when “new” Ullevi was built. After the World Cup 1958 the three clubs started to play their games at the new stadium instead.
Gamla Ullevi wasn’t used for almost anything for more than 30 years, but when the bigger stadium got too big for the three clubs, they started to rebuild the old stadium, and when Allsvenskan started 1992 all three clubs were back there again.
Gamla Ullevi has a capacity of 17 000 spectators, but then it’s really really full…
The big tribune has 5000 seats, while the opposite tribune only is for standing spectators, which also the two curves are.
Singing supporters from all three clubs stands in the standing area of the longside-stand.
Problem now for the three clubs is that Gamla Ullevi, who in 1992 was a fantastic arena with a very genuine atmosphere, now is totally un-modern. The community in Göteborg doesn’t want to pay money for a new stadium, but want instead that all games should be played at Ullevi, which should be the end for the football in Göteborg. But who could ask politicians to understand anything about football…?
As it looks now there will instead be another rebuilding of Gamla Ullevi, paid by the clubs and hopefully some sponsors. One thing is for sure, though. Göteborg needs a better stadium!
Ticket prices is almost the same for the three clubs. A seat-ticket costs 150-175 SEK (15-18 euro), while a standing-ticket cost 80-120 SEK (8-12 euro) depending on which the opponents are.
More about IFK's supporters
IFK Göteborg’s, or Blåvitt as they are called (blue white) supporters are also good at traveling to away games. In media they are around 400 at every game outside Göteborg.
Their biggest rivals are the team from Stockholm (AIK, Hammarby and Djurgården), and it was a huge party in Göteborg this autumn when AIK were relegated to the second division. “So what we didn’t won the league, AIK got relegated” more than one supporter said… Also Malmö FF (classic rival during the 1980-ties and 90-ties), Helsingborg and local rivals Gais and Örgryte are among those less favourited around the IFK-supporters.
They don’t have any friendship with other Swedish supporters, mostly probably because of IFK’s successful period in the Champions League during the 1990-ties, when you either loved or hated the club in Sweden.
Ultra-group Ultra Bulldogs has a friendship with a group of German Nurnberg-ultras.
Earlier this autumn (2004) the IFK-supporters may have done some kind of world record with flares (see the photo above) when they used around 500 fire crackers before the jubileum-game against Djurgården (IFK Göteborg had their 100th birthday the same day).
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