In guide after guide about Göteborg, we are told to go to Avenyn to see the "soul of the city" and hang out in the cool bars. The truth is that whilst locals are proud of this broad boulevard and often use it for parades, demonstrations or to celebrate a successful football or hockey team, it IS a bit of a tourist trap. The bars are cheaper and more personal in Linnégatan and the broad street means it can be freezing when the wind catches you straight from the river.
Unique Suggestions: By all means, don't miss Götaplatsen at the end of it - at least not the art museum! Have a cottage cheese, tomato and black pepper sandwich at Ljunggrens café and watch people.
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The Tourism Information Office
O.k,...it's not a "trap" (well,...maybe it is; depends on how you look at it) but here is where you'll find a wealth of civic information as well as maps, postcards, t-shirts, hats, pins, mugs, pens, little tabletop-sized copies of those waterway marker thingies,...gosh darn it; pretty much everything you'd expect to find at the Tourist Office really. So why am I telling you about it? Simple. There are only two such offices here in Göteborg and here is the addy for one:
Tel: +46 31-61 25 00
Fax: +46 31-61 25 01
The other (less interesting one) is located smack dab in the center of the Nordstan shopping mall.
Unique Suggestions: Be sure to buy the blue t-shirt covered in yellow crowns. I didn't and I lament that choice pretty much on a daily basis.
O.k...not really. ;o)
Fortress ruins in Klippan is definitely an abandoned area without anything to see; skip it. even if, at least, nobody is making you paying anything for that.
Unique Suggestions: Go to the restaurant not so far from there and look at the beautiful architecture styles there.
Simply do not go there !!! this is exactly what it looks like, a t-trap mimicking an english pub and serving food you can eat only if you're really short before die ..... bleahhhhhh !!!!
Unique Suggestions: Drink a beer, do not eat anything ... and do not eat hamburger !!!!!!!
And for prices: 1 hamburger + 1/2 house wine = 20 Euros
Fun Alternatives: Take Avenyn 10, on the other side of the street.
Boat on chanal
A terrible boat called Paddan (the toad) with guide in which you're trapped for over an hour!
Unique Suggestions: when the risk for rain is zero!
Fun Alternatives: Have a wonderful walk along the chanal and it will take you through many diffrent parts of the city!
This is the parade street in Gothenburg, where one end is the cultural square Götaplatsen, with the theatre, library, consert hall and art museum. Götaplatsen is decorated with a statue of the god of the sea, Poseidon. It is nice to stroll around on the avenue looking at people, but the prices at the pubs and restaurants are high.
Unique Suggestions: Be aware of pick pockets, especially in the crowds in August during Göteborgskalaset.
Fun Alternatives: You can find nice restaurants elsewhere too.
When sitting with friends enjoying beer and a coffee 'round a table with the aftermath of a terrific salmon dinner laid out before you, be careful if you plan to ask your male neighbor: 'Hey, what's that you're putting in your mouth?' Most likely it's 'Snus', which is a tiny packet of tobacco that many a Swedish male like to place against their gums in lieu of a cigarette after a particularly fine meal. 'Oh,...here, try one.' they'll reply with a smile as they hand you one of these little satchels' of pleasure. Well, let me tell you my friends; this is like taking a red hot fire poker and placing it directly against your tender and most sensitive gums. Unfortunately the fine licorice flavour is lost while your face contorts as you spit it out whilst blindly fumbling for your frosty, cold Spendrups. This may not be a general Göteborg tourist trap, but it definately is a Pelle trap; one he likes to lay out for naive and unsuspecting tourists while he sits back with a satisfied smile. I only wish I knew beforehand that the Swedish were such scamps.
Fun Alternatives: Prince Lights: cigarettes made in Denmark. Alot smoother and taste a Helluva lot better!
Avenyn! Everyone ends up here...
Avenyn! Everyone ends up here sooner than later and yes it is wide and it is in the very centre of the city but that's it. The wide parade street Kungsportsavenyn, Avenyn, starts with Konstmuséet, Konserthuset and Stads Teatern and goes strait down towards the harbour and the Opera. On the way you will pass cinemas, shops, hotels and many reastaurants. Many like this place but it is plastic and touristic and Saturday night it is full of drunk people. You might like it but I think if you try other parts of Göteborg you wont go back to Avenyn again.
The no 1 tourist trap is the...
The no 1 tourist trap is the main restaurant and shopping street in Goteborg, 'avenyn'/'the avenue'.
No 2 is the fish market called 'Fiske kyrka'/'Fish churche'. Overpriced...
DODGY CABSTaxi's in Sweden...
Taxi's in Sweden aren't the cheapest, (well of course when your being driven around in a nice new Mercedes). Black markets cabs as I like to call them are drivers who are trying to earn some extra money, driving drunken people home for a fare much lower then your ordinary cab. But of course I wouldn't like to recommend them, not only are they breaking the law, but you could end up being driven by a wannabe or has been murderer (or more), so don't take the chance for a few kroner, check for ID and taxi officialness before you get in one or ring a mini-taxi and wait around, or better still plan your night so you can still use public transport to get home.
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