Maritime Museum / Sjöfartsmuseet, Göteborg
The Sailor's Tower was erected to commemorate the sailor's who lost their lives at sea during the First World War. On top of the Sailor's Tower there is a figure of the sailor's wife.
The 62 m tall column can be climbed for scenic views, but you already get a nice view of Goteborg's harbour area just from the steep terrace where the Sailor's Tower is located.
The Sailor's Tower is located east of the city centre, just next to Goteborg's Maritime Museum. The nearest tram stop is "Stigbergstorget".
These days, the aquarium here is not a prime destination since the opening of Universeum and its magnificent seaworld. However, there is now more focus on anything that floats and you get all the background you might want as to why and how Göteborg has become the largest port in Scandinavia. There is a small section' on viking and other historical ships as well as on the East India Company shipping whose Swedish branch was based here. Also much more on merchant fleets and on the emigration wave from Sweden to USA which often started from Göteborg with the Amerikalinjen classic ships which no longer exist. Finally, there is a viewing tower with nice views of the harbour and, as in this picture, the landmark church Masthuggskyrkan.
This is the Sailors Tower, located next to the Maritime Museum and overlooking the Gota River near Stigbergstorget. Apparently you can climb up this tower for some great views but I just viewed it from a distance as I didn't have time when I went to the Maritime Museum as it was nearly closing time. The statue at the top is by Ivar Johannsson and is of the "Waiting Woman"...
One of Gothenburg's most famous sights is the high statue of "Sjömanshustrun" (the seaman's wife). It was built in 1933, in memory of all the swedish seamen that were killed during the WW1.
690 swedes, from 98 different ships, were killed during the war. And then Sweden wasn't even in the war. Talk about stupid!?
Sjömanshustrun is a huge tower, 60 or 82 meter high (depending on how to count) and is the highest monumental sculpture in Sweden. The symbol is that the wife is waiting for her husband to return, which he sadly never will.
A strange thing is that she isn't looking out over the ocean, which she logical should be doing , but instead looking straight over the river, at the island Hisingen where I live.
One could think that it's me she is looking for, but the truth is that she's turned that way for a esthetic reason. As she stands now she's seen in profile from both the ocean and the harbour.
It's possible to climb up in the tower, from where one will have one of the best views in the whole city. Unfortunately it's open only during the summer, although one can make a special request to be allowed in also during the rest of the year. Not sure how easy it is to get a permission though...? Seems like only school classes will be allowed in.
Once inside one can either take the elevator, or climb the 205 steps. At the bottom of the tower there is a huge sign with the name of all the killed sailors, where it also says which boat they were going with.
The statue itself is five meters high, and made in bronze. It was built by the sculptor Ivar Johnsson and inaugurated by former swedish king Gustav V in 1933.
In the Sjöfartsmuseet all aspects around ships can be seen. From models of old sailing boats to the newest ships, from how Göteborgs harbour has developed in the years and how life has been for the sailors.
I think it is a great museum.
Cost: ca. 45 Skr (not sure)
How to get there: Take the tram #11 direction Saltholmen and get off at Stigbergstorget. Cross the street direction water, there on the left you will find it.
If you are around there, check also the tip for Masthuggets Kyrkan! It is close...
I decided to pay a visit to the Maritime Museum when I discovered it was only a couple of hundred yards up the road from where I was staying.
Downstairs has a small aquarium - I think most of the aquarium was moved to the new Universeum - and upstairs the museum charts 400 years of Swedish maritime history. It was interesting but since all the displays are in Swedish it was sometimes hard to understand
The museum has exhibitions of the Swedish maritime history and has one of the oldest, still working, aquariums in the world.
Entrance fee is 40 kr.