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See the city from above
For a great view of the waterfront and downtown gothenburg, go to the lookout in the building 'Läppstiftet', the lipstick.
Not it's real name off course but that is what it's called and more people will know what you mean if you ask for the building 'The Lipstick' rather than it's real name, wich I do not know. See what I mean?
And why is it called that? Well use your imagination and look at the picture.
Still don't have a clue? Sorry, you are a lost cause... :-)
There is a fee for going up there, but I forget what it is. Not very much though.
If you like the wonder of technics, you will definitely also like to watch the huge ferries coming in and leaving Göteborg.
The best places to do this are Klippan and the riverside at Eriksberg on Hisingen.
Steamboat-Bridge - Old boats
At Klippan you can find about a dozen of old boats at the steamboat bridge. Seems the boats belong to some club, which takes care of them. There are signs explaining what the boats history is. In one boat is a cafe.
Enter the steamboat bridge on the left side of the Sjömagasinet. You will see the sign for the cafe there. The boats are on the right side of the bridge. It is for free.
- Museum Visits
Harbour & Channels
Göteborg harbour is one of the largest in northern Europe. At the Eriksberg shipyard the crane and its platform is used by many bungy jumpers throw themselves from it.
From the harbour several channels strech into the city. You can do a boat tour to see the city from another angle.
Alvsborg industrial area
I found the fortress itself a bit disappointing - it is not a lot left, and it is now in the back of the hotel Novotel. But the surrounding industrial area from the end of 19 - beginning 20 century is nice. It was still in use till 1970s.
This is a nice harbourfront area not far from the city centre area. You can get there via a walkway from the Nordstan shopping mall.
It was surprisingly quiet when I was there and is home to the Opera House, Barque Viking [a floating hotel/restaurant], the Maritima Centrum and a large red and white building that dominates the area - which I have been reliably informed [thanks to Todd64] is the Lilla Bomen Conference Centre! You can also get the Alvsnabben ferries that go to Klippen from here.
- Arts and Culture
- Adventure Travel
Lilla Bommen boat trip to Klippan
Short (40 minutes) trip through the river; this is a ferry service residents use as a standard connection, this is ___not___ one of the many organized tours on the river.
Take your ferry @ Lilla Bommen and enjoy the trip !!!!
Some stops I remember: Eriksberg, Klippan, Rosenlund ...
- Sailing and Boating
Lilla Bommen (2)
Close to the new office complex at Lilla Bommen you will find old sailing ship that is converted into a hotel now. Further along the coast there is a new Göteborg Opera House and Maritime museum situated on old naval ships.
See my Lilla Bommen travelogue for more photos.
Lilla Bommen (1)
Lilla Bommen is a former harbour area on Göta Älv river. It was transformed in 1980s and 1990s into office and cultural area along the river. The Lilla Bommen Tower is one of the tallest buildings in town. Part of the old port is still preserved and old storages converted into new uses.
See my Lilla Bommen travelogue for more photos.
Göteborg was built with streets and manmade canals in a strictly-designed system resembling to Dutch examples.
As the city expanded, some of the canals were filled in, and the harbours and quays were extended.
Photo showing the Brunnsparken seen in an old photograph around 1880.
Barken Viking is a hotel...
Barken Viking is a hotel situated on a barque. I heard it's pretty common to have boat-hotels in Sweden but it's original for me. I wished I had stayed a night in one of those hotels.
If you go to see Barken Viking, walk along the harbour. It is very pleasant !!!
The shillouette of the Eriksberg crane can be seen from all points along the river as you near the Alvsborg Bridge. It towers over a dock where it can lift large loads from any point along it.
Gote Alvbron Bridge
This bridge carries two tramways, four traffic lanes and two walkways across the Gote Alv River. The central section lifts upwards to allow large ships to pass underneath.
Nicknamed the Lipstick, this 86m high building is a landmark of the riverside. On the top floor a bar with panoramic view can be found.
This vessel was built as a training ship in Denmark in 1906. The Viking has sailed all over the world. It serves now as an hotel and a restaurant.
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