Slottsskogen & Natural History Museum, Göteborg
This is the best place in Gothenburg to get away from the honking of car horns, the noise from trams and general buzz of the city.
It is a huge park with wide open grass areas. Here you can play a bit of football, beach volleyball, mini golf or just lie around in the grass, talking, tanning, barbequing, playing games or just not do much at all.
It is great for hot summer days and warm summer evenings and if you need a break from your hectic holiday schedule, Slottsskogen might be just the place to spend that break.
In Slottsskogen, the park already mentioned as a sight, is the natural history museum which is not that big but can still keep you (and your children!) happy on a rainy day. Its main sight is an old whale that once stranded in the archipelago and apart from that, there are the usual stuffed animals and a bit about nature in general. There is a small self-service cafe but it's not that exciting.
You are German like me???
So don't miss the mooses at Slottskogen. Well, it seems to be our (the Germans) reputation in Sweden that we are mad about mooses. I guess it is correct, at least concerning me...
No, there are no lions roaming free in Sweden.
However, the Natural History Museum in Gothenburg is well worth a visit. It was founded in 1833 but moved to its current building in 1921. It details the environment and the eco systems of the local fauna, as well as some more distant ones, and also gives some historical insight from an environment point of view. I have been there several times, both as a child and as an adult and it seems that every time I learn something new. For children, the most fun are of course the stuffed animals and all the things you can touch and feel.
The Museum itself is also located at the edge of Slottskogsparken, which makes for a good pick nick destination, or as an extension of the visit to the museum. The park has butterflies seals, goats and other animals for you to play with.
With Göteborg Pass, admission is cheaper, but it still is not very expensive.
Slottskogen, also located here is the Natural History Museum
This is one of the oldest parks in Sweden, and now is a popular place for all ages. Slottskogen is easily accessible by most trams and busses. There are weekly event including Cowboy weekends, puppet shows and theatre events. Slottskogen also hosts many animals from the Scandinavian region and from other areas. Of these include Harbour seals, Humbrolts penguins, a variety of tropical birds, elks and many more. There is a childrens zoo here where they get to horseride on horses from Götland, they are very friendly and small. In the summer you can hire rollerblade, complete with all protection, although the continuation of this is being debated. All cars and taxis are banned from Slottskogen and dogs must be kept on a lead.
Blue Chip Cafe. It has wi-fi, high speed internet ,coffee and a good selection of teas. This place has a serene and quite a friendly atmosphere, having difficuilty understanding swedish they are more than happy to help.
Slottsskogen (The 'Castle Forest', since this is where the kings went hunting) is the city's most loved park where everyone meet on warm summer days and less warm...It has huge lawns where people sunbathe or play games, a space observatory (see local paper for info on hours/activities), natural history museum, a restaurant, café, playground, open air theatre, tropical house, seals, children's petting zoo with pony rides and at the top of the hill, more Scandinavian animals to feed, another café and great city views.
Slottskogen is the green centre in Gothenburg, where everyone in Gothenburg goes for recreation. It contains zoo, a lot of interesting nature, lots of green grass to sunbath, play sports or just walk around, playground for the kids and woodlands to explore. During the summer season you find concerts, a big festival (Way Out West), and restaurants in the park. It is a perfect picnic place for the whole family!
The zoo in Slottskogen is a very interesting place to go to. it is free, it contains a kids zoo (where the kids in all ages are allowed in to play with the animals), and it has a lot of different Nordic animals.
If you want to relax, go to the slottskogen. This is a park where during the summer a lot of people go to relax. You have a large meadow to play games. Large roads to use your inline skates. There is an animal area and even a stage, where sometimes concerts are taking place.
My son and I has truly enjoyed walking around the park and watching the animals. It was fun, insightful and educational.