Göteborg Travel Guide

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Göteborg Highlights

  • Pro
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    Sjalen says…

     seaside atmosphere, perfect size, friendly, green 

  • Con
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     More rain than in Eastern Sweden 

  • In a nutshell
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     A nice big city which doesn't feel too big 

Göteborg Things to Do

  • Riverside & canals

    Paddan boats have been cruising the canals of Göteborg for years, and are much of a concept. I have taken their tours many times, and still find it great fun! The best part is the fact that you travel at a level lower than the rest of the city, so giving you a new perspective on it. The Paddan boats cruise the canals and the moat surrounding the...

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  • Liseberg

    Liseberg is an amusement park for children, young ones and older ones. It has something for everyone no matter what your interests are. It kffer some 35 different rides ad other attractions like culture and nice gardens.

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  • Avenyn

    If you are in Göteborg for any amount of time, you are sure to find yourself on the Avenyn (the Avenue) at least once, if not more. Formally called Kungsportsavenyn, it is the main street running through Göteborg, and is a very popular place. It was created in the late 19th century as the result of a planning competition. At almost 1km long, the...

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Göteborg Restaurants

  • Food Halls / Saluhallen

    The best food hall in Sweden as Göteborg has cheaper food than elsewhere and is a logistics hub so competition is fierce. In Stockholm the (smaller) halls tend to concentrate on either immigrant food or expensive Swedish game and delicatessen but this one has it all, plus more fresh fish since it is along the west coast. The best thing about the...

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  • Café culture

    This whole cafe is filled with pictures of Tin Tin and his friends. tables, walls, everywhere. The atmosphere is good and relaxed and although it's a little expensive, as many cafe's are, it is worth both your time and money. This is a great cafe, and what is so great about it is that it never closes. So in the day it's a nice cafe to enjoy a pice...

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  • Barken Viking

    O.k, o.k,..I know I promised tips that are a little less 'touristy', but I really enjoyed myself aboard the Barken Viking. Other than the fact that it's actually an antique school ship built in 1906 and since converted into a hotel and restaurant, (that's pretty unique in itself) at night they illuminate the masts and rigging which was really kind...

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Göteborg Nightlife

  • Avenyn

    All the "umbrella drinks" you would expect but in the skybar on the top of the Gothia Tower hotel which means a great city view too. Actually, you could afford staying at the hotel too these days since they often have city break special rates and aren't more expensive than the other "biggies" in town. Not too casual.

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  • Downtown

    The Dubliner belongs to a chain of Irish Pubs in Sweden and Denmark. The branch in Goteborg has a big bar and a restaurant with various sorts of pub food. Apart from that it is directly connected with a steakhouse called The Cattleman. The Dubliner has most major sporting events live on big TV screens.

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  • Western parts

    Andra Långgatan is a street that runs from Järntorget to Masthuggstorget. It's a great street filled with pubs, restaurants, small shops and porn. Well it is, so I might as well write it. It has som good pubs where the prices are low and the beer flows free. You'll find the following pubs worth a visit: Rover A favourite with expats. Pretty lively...

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Göteborg Transportation

  • Nils Ericson-terminalen

    The next way to come to Gothenburg is by bus. Located right behind the train station is "Nils Ericson-terminalen". It was built as late as 1996, and is still seen as a very modern building. From here arrives and departs buses to the whole area (although not the local buses that goes inside the city center), and about 100 meters away you'll also...

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  • From Goteborg City Airport to the city...

    Probably the best option to get into town from Goteborg City Airport is by airport coach (Flygbussarna). The trip to the Nils Ericsson Termin in the city centre takes 30 minutes. The coaches leave just in front of the airport terminal building about 50 minutes after the arrival of a flight. The coaches leave Nils Ericson Terminal in the city centre...

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  • Explore Goteborg by public transport

    The public transportation in Goteborg consists of blue trams and buses. Tickets can be bought from the driver or from several shops all around the town. A single ticket costs 20 SEK and is valid for a period of 90 minutes. If you plan to travel a few times on public transportation, then the 24 h ticket for 50 SEK can be useful. Just make sure to...

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Göteborg Shopping

  • Shopping centre - Nordstan

    With more than 150 shops Nordstan is said to be Skandinavia's biggest shopping mall. It is packed with all sorts of shops and stores as well as restaurants, pubs and cafes. It is also home to a large indoor square for entertainment events. Goteborg's Tourist Information and the Swedish superrmarket chain "Hemkop" have a branch in Nordstan as well.

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  • Interesting antiques

    Antikhallarna, as its name suggests, is not a shop but rather several halls full of small shops. You will find many specialising in watches and stamps, but also toys, china and art and naturally also maritime things. A very local thing would be maritime.

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  • Just call it NK for short

    What you want Baby, we got What you need You know we got itAll we're askin' Is for a little hänsyn when you come in (just a little bit) Hey baby (just a little bit) When you come in (just a little bit) Mister (just a little bit)N-O-R-D-I-S-K-A Come and shop the Swedish wayK-O-M-P-A-N-I-E-TTake care, TCB

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Göteborg Local Customs

  • Local currency: Swedish Crown

    Sweden is a member of the European Union (EU) since 1995, but not a member of the so called Euro-Zone. That is why the local currency is not the Euro, but the Swedish Crown (Svensk krona).One Swedish Crown is subdivided into 100 Öre. Banknotes have the following values 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Crowns.Cash money is available from cash points...

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  • Swedish beer

    Swedish beer is divided into classes according to its alcohol content. There are class I (lättöl), class II (folköl) and class III (starköl) beers with a class I beer being the weakest and a class III beer being the strongest beer. Class I and II beers are available in supermarkets, whereas class III is only on sale in licensed shops...

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  • 4 4 2

    This is the paper all members get from the football club IFK Göteborg. Here you can read all the new information from Blåvitt and about the players. Very interesting newspaper.

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Göteborg Warnings and Dangers

  • Pick pockets

    I am not sure how to describe this. On two separate occassions have I known two people whom money (cash) have been stolen from them while they are out in the city of Göteborg. I feel so sorry for them for having lost their money when they are traveling here. One guy was sitting in a café in Haga with some friends and he put his wallet in his...

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  • Trams

    Terror is a strong word, but it sounds cool combined with tram :-) But there is a need to be careful if you are not used to trams. People are run over every year because they don't pay heed to them in traffic. If you just check for cars and then walk you might walk straight infront of a tram and heavy as they are they do not stop instantly. They...

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  • Food & Drink

    There is no defence so it can't be done, so come mid February just let yourself give in to Team Semla and "try" to enjoy. Don't worry...the "pain" only lasts a couple of days. Mmm...it hurts so good. ;o)

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Göteborg Tourist Traps

  • Games with GAIS.

    Well, who wants to pay money for a bad and not interesting football game with GAIS? I would never do that. If you like and want to waste your money, you are welcome to do it. Go when they play derby games againt IFK Göteborg. Go and see the games with IFK GOTEBORG instead. When you see a game with Änglarna, the nick name for IFK Göteborg, you...

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  • Avenyn

    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...

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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...

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Göteborg What to Pack

  • Sensible wear will make your holiday...

    You can find most things in Gothenburg, but as it is a pedestrian-friendly city, do bring good walking shoes, so you don't have to look around for those before going sightseeing. Especially if you go out to the archipelago, it is good to have good foot wear, should you want to venture off the beaten paths to explore the hilly islands.Gothenburg...

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  • Official Tourist Guide

    A free Official Tourist Guide is available from Goteborg's Tourist Information Offices and some other places like airports or hotels. Among various maps it also covers all sorts of information about accomodation, sightseeing, parks shopping, excursions, restaurants, transport and much more.I found that Guide really useful for my long weekend...

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  • Free city map

    Don't forget to take a free city map of Goteborg at one of the Tourist Information Offices.They have various free maps available. Some also include an overview of the tram network, other ones have a street index. So there is no need to buy a map.Directions:Goteborg's two Tourist Information Offices are located in the Nordstan Shopping Centre and...

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Göteborg Off The Beaten Path

  • Archipelago

    Mosts tourists to Göteborg opt to visit the Northern part of the archipelago (Orust, Hönö), as they are very well connected to the mainland and are easily accessed by car. Not so many, however, venture out to the Southern archipelago which has its own advantages. The main islands are accessible by public ferries which leave from Saltholmen (tram...

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  • Walk around

    This place in Ramberget, Hisingren area is indeed a find, because you travel slightly northwest by tram & then you have to walk for about 10-15 minutes. You'll be passing residential flat blocks and parades of shops, never imagining seeing a mountain in such a neighbourhood. But all of a sudden, at a road junction, out of the blue, you see a...

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  • Forests & lakes

    Take a tram no.7 or 11 to Bergsjön. It´s a little lake 5 minutes walk away from the last stop. There´s no tourists, but many locals enjoying the lake and it´s surroundings. Water in the lake is really warm, because of it´s small size. Surrounding forests have loads of little paths which you can follow and enjoy the swedish nature. Also if you get...

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Göteborg Sports & Outdoors

  • Football

    The Gamla Ullevi Stadium (Old Ullevi) is home to three Goteborg football clubs: IFK Goteborg, Orgryte IS and GAIS. The stadium was inaugurated in September 1916. It has a capacity of about 17.000, of which 12.000 places are standings. Unfortunately, the plan is to demolish Gamla Ullevi and to replace it by a new football stadium. Directions: The...

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  • Running

    The last 28 years Göteborgsvarvet, a half marathon, has been ran in Gothenburg in May. In 2007 there were 40 000 runners who ran the 21,5 kilometers through the center of the city. This is a huge event in the city, and people are standing in lines along the path to watch the people run by. I saw it for the first time this year, and I must say...

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  • Sailing

    This is definately one of the sailing centres in Scandinavia and it shows. Stinking rich people have huge yachts in Långedrag along tram line 11 where the Royal Yacht Club is, and the not so stinking rich who just put everything they own into sailing have their boats just about anywhere else. There are often regattas going on and if you're more...

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Göteborg Favorites

  • Walk around

    Goteborg has many interesting buildings constructed in various architectural styles. You can find buildings from the 17th century (e.g. Crown Fortlet) as well as modern buildings like the Opera House (1994). Many houses in the suburbs of Goteborg were built in functionalism style at the beginnig of the 20th century. I really like the Neo-Gothic...

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  • Haga quarters

    The Haga district was established by Queen Kristina in the mid 16th century as Goteborg's first suburb. It soon became a sort of worker's area as it was mainly harbour workers who lived there. As the city centre has grown a lot in the 20th century, the Haga district changed its appearance. Nowadays it is a charming area with old buildings,...

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  • Downtown

    Haga is very old. But there is modern shopping and lots of "happening" there. Excellent walking/people watching opportunities. So many different things to see and do. From water, museums, and food - to shopping and photo ops.

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