Västra Götalands län Things to Do

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Västra Götalands län Things to Do

  • Liseberg

    Göteborg Things to Do

    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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  • Riverside & canals

    Göteborg Things to Do

    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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  • Avenyn

    4 out of 5 stars

    Göteborg Things to Do

    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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  • Haga quarters and Church

    Göteborg Things to Do

    Okay, if there only is one place you'll take your girlfriend/boyfriend for a romantic walk, Haga is the place! The Haga quarter is a small area, but you won't need anything more. The streets are small and narrow, and full of beautiful small shops, cafés and antiques. Leaving the bigger streets, with the traffic, the sounds and the stress behind...

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  • Fish Church

    4 out of 5 stars

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The Fish Church (Fesekekorka) is the fish and sea food market of Goteborg. The building was opened in 1874 and resembles a church. It was an architectural experiment of military man Victor von Gegerfelt. A wonderful iron statue of a fisherman, a fish vendor and a dog can be found near one of the main entrances. Directions: The Fish Church...

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  • Götaplatsen & Art Museum

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The art museum o Gothenburg is located in a central area of this city. The building is a piece pf art itself, nice architecture. It has permanent exhibitions and collechtions from 15th century until modern times. Lots of collections on Nordic arts and a private collection donated by the Furstenberg family. Also works by Ernst Josephson, Carl...

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  • Universeum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Göteborg Things to Do

    Universeum is unlike any other place I have ever been to. It shows you the world and teaches you about it. Universeum has different 'zones' - take the 'elevator' up to the top floor and then work your way down. First you go through 'Water's Way' which tells you about the people, animals and plants in Sweden. From there you go into 'Ocean Zone'...

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  • Downtown

    Göteborg Things to Do

    A museum giving you the history of medicine from the Antiques until today, always with some exhibition on a hot topic. The permanent collections are from the 18th century and onwards and show hospital interiors and instruments. The museum is in the Oterdahl House which itself served as a hospital 200 years ago.

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  • Trädgårdsföreningen

    Göteborg Things to Do

    I have to admit that although I see the Botanic Garden in Gothenburg a lot, it's only on my way to a new football game... This because the garden is situated next to the football stadium Gamla Ullevi. But I've been inside the garden too, believe me. It's really nice, and perfect for a romantic walk with your dearest one. The entrance is free...

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  • Slottsskogen & Natural History Museum

    Göteborg Things to Do

    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...

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  • Älvsborg Fortress

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The Göteborg area was part of a much-wanted piece of land, which was fought over by Swedes, Danes and Norwegians, and as a result, the city and surrounding areas were fortified. One such fortification was the Fortress Island of Älvsborg, established to protect the ever-growing city from invasion. The island we visit today, is actually the second...

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  • Marstrand

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The bus to here takes about an hour. You'd love the scenery as you approach the water & see all the boats, etc. Next, you jump onto a ferry (using that same 24-hour ticket) to cross over to the 'protected' island, where no cars are allowed. You can wander around the quaint, pretty streets, admire the local shops & restaurants, and make your way...

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  • Archipelagos

    Göteborg Things to Do

    There are several tips already for the Archipelago on VT. It is a very nice area and I have to say that you didn't see Göteborg if you miss this. If you go there you can use the tram ticket for the ferry if you started the tram trip less than 1.5 hours before you got onto the ferry. (Sorry, the link is just swedish! Check it anyway...)

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  • Maritiman Maritime Centre

    Göteborg Things to Do

    Unfortunately I was feeling REALLY tired and my feet were killing me by the time I reached this museum at Lilla Bomen so I decided I'd go back the next day if I had time, which in the end I didn't.. It looked interesting though. A number of moored boats that you can look around including, I believe, a submarine. Still, it was interesting to see...

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  • Volvo

    Göteborg Things to Do

    Volvo was born in Göteborg in 1927, and this excellent museum is dedicated to all things Volvo; cars, trucks, buses, and engines for airplanes and rockets. The museum takes you through the history of Volvo, from the joint desk of Volvo's founders, Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson, to brand new concept cars, with lots of spectacular cars and...

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  • Opera

    Göteborg Things to Do

    Goteborg's Opera House was inaugurated in 1994. It was built after plans of the architect Jan Izikowitz and is nowadays one of the most modern buildings in the city. The classical style auditorium has a capacity of more than 1300 seats. Directions: Goteborg's Opera House can be found in the Lilla Bommen area, which is the harbour for sightseeing...

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  • Maritime Museum / Sjöfartsmuseet

    Göteborg Things to Do

    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...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The Botanical Garden was conceived and planned by the municipality of Gothenburg (Göteborg) in the 1910's as a botanical garden with an extra emphasis on horticulture. The area in total is 175 hectares (ca 430 acres), of which most constitutes a nature reserve including their arboretum. The garden proper is about 40 hectars and there are growing...

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  • Masthuggskyrkan Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The Masthugget Chruch (Masthuggskyrkan) dominates the silhouette of Goteborg as it is located on a little hill. The national romantic style church has a 60 m tall tower and was built in 1914. Its location offers splendid views over Goteborg and the harbour area. Directions: The Masthugget Church is situated west of the city centre. The best way...

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  • Other churches

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The Christinae Church (Christinae kyrka) is Goteborg's German church. It was inaugurated in 1648 and named after queen Kristina. After a fire the church was rebuilt in 1748. The 42 bells were introduced to the bell tower in 1961. Directions: The Christinae Church is situated near the harbour canal, just behind the old city hall. The nearest tram...

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  • Domkyrkan / Göteborg Cathedral

    Göteborg Things to Do

    What to do when the city's biggest church has burnt down, twice? Build it up again, of course. Domkyrkan (the cathedral) is the result of those two fires (1721 and 1802) and is today the biggest church in Gothenburg. It was finalised in 1815 and is today very active. Open every day for visitors, and every morning there is a morning pray where...

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  • Kronhuset & Kronhusbodarna

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The whole block was originally built for the army as a warehouse. The big red building was built in 1642-54 in dutch style. 1660 there was a parliment in the building that Charles X summond for. Unfortunately he died due to illness during the parliment meeting so the parliment declared his then 4 year son to be the king named Charles the XI. The...

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  • Fortresses

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The Crown Fortlet (Skansen Kronan) is one of the three fortresses which were built during the 17th century to protect Goteborg. Nowadays it houses a military museum of uniforms and weapons. The Crown Fortlet is situated on a little but steep hill which is also an excellent viewpoint. Directions: The Crown Fortlet is located on top of the...

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  • East India ship

    Göteborg Things to Do

    Outside Göteborg, on its return from China and India, the East India company ship called Götheborg sunk just a little outside the harbour in 1745. Luckily, no one was killed but much of the cargo sunk along with she ship, such as tea, silk, and china. You can still find crushed china on the sea floor, but some of it is on display in the East India...

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  • New Ullevi Stadium

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The New Ullevi is a bit wrong to say, since the huge stadium in Gothenburg was built for the World Cup 1958. But it was no matter what more new than Old Ullevi, which was built in the beginning of the 1910s. Although, it's for sure older than the new Ullevi, which was opened in 2009, but for some reason still is called "Old Ullevi"... Ullevi, as...

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  • Other excursions

    Göteborg Things to Do

    August Abrahamsson's home is a shining example of the interior design of the late 19th century. The castle holds handicraft and woodwork exhibitions, Midsummer celebrations and a Christmas market. The perfect setting for rambling, fishing and bathing. Tours of the castle take place daily in the summer, and can be booked for groups during the rest...

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  • Ostindiska City Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The East India House is an impressive building built to house the Swedish branch of the international trade company of the 18th century. Today, it houses the history museum and apart from Göteborg history, including finds from the East India ship that sank, there are exhibitions on vikings, Asian cultures and much more. It also has a nice cafe and...

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  • Hasselblad

    Göteborg Things to Do

    Hasselblad Center is well known both in Sweden and also international as one of the most eminent photographiv forums in Sweden. They display both historical photography, as well as today’s established and tomorrow’s trendsetting photographers and photo. Each year they also put on an extensive exhibition by the work of the Hasselblad Award...

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  • Museum of World Culture

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The Museum of World Culture opened late December 2004 after quite a long debate in Sweden. What is world culture??? Anyway, it has been quite a sucess and it attracts o lot of other persons than the ones that usually go to museums - many young people from the suburbs for example. It has many interesting programmes such as conserts, lectures,...

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  • Food Hall

    Göteborg Things to Do

    The big market in Gothenburg is located at Kungstorget in the centre of the city. The initiative for the market was taken by S. A. Hedlund and the city council took the decision to build it 16 June 1887. The market was built between 1888-1889 and it was drawn by the architect Hans Hedlund. Originally it consisted of 92 shops. 25 January 1889 there...

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  • Forests & lakes

    Göteborg Things to Do

    Well, maybe not quite in the city, but not too far out either! The Delsjön area is designated park area for hiking, biking and sporting, but also for canoeing, beach life and relaxation. There are hiking trails around the area, and a few places good for swimming too. Many locals come here for the day to enjoy the nature, the local wildlife (yep, we...

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  • Husaby Rune Stone

    At the graveyard of Husaby church you will find this huge rune stone. As you can see on the photo, it had been split in two but got restored and set upright again. The inscription means:Assur and Sven and Tore, they put this stone over their mother Oluv. God help her soul, and God´s mother and all God´s angelsYou will find this rune stone by...

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  • Luttra Passage Grave

    The Neolithic passage grave (a tomb where the burial chamber is reached along a distinct, and usually low, passage) of Luttra is one of the best preserved of its kind in Västergötland. Still time has not been acting too gracious on this site, this ancient tomb is damaged and even partly destroyed. It only has one roofblock left, and the passage is...

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  • Källby Rune Stone(s)

    Close to the village of Källby you will find 2 impressive rune stones, one with a Heathen and the other one with a Christian inscription (you can find a photo of the 2nd rune stone at my Västergötland's rune stone travelogue). The stones were set opposite of each other on top of low hills. The inscription of the Christian stone means:Ulfr and...

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  • Gudhem Convent

    At the Northern outskirts of the village of Gudhem, right next to the church you will find this impressive ruined convent, established in 1160 as a Cisterican nunnery thanks to donations made by King Karl Sverkersson. Gudhem had originally been under supervision of the nearby monastery of Varnhem. But in 13th century, when Queen Katarina...

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  • Skalunda

    In the early Middle Ages Skalunda used to be one of 8 royal estates and also Gaetish lawspeakers resided and worked here. So hundreds of years ago Skalunda used to be a place of political and social importance to Västra Götaland and the area was rather populous. Some of the poeple who lived in this far away past have left traces that can easily be...

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  • Ås Rune Stone

    In the Middle Ages some rune stones were fixed in church walls. People thought that rune stones could conjur some evil as many of these relics are of heathen origin. So by imbedding them into churches the stones were thought to lose their powers.At Ås church you will find a rune stone fixed in the outer rear wall. The inscription means:Þórir raised...

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  • Amundtorp

    Amundtorp grave field lies at the Western edge of Billingen, above the plains that stretch towards lake Hornborga. Centuries ago the place has been used as a burial site by several granges in the close vicinity. The oldest graves date back to the early Iron Age. You can find various kinds of ancient graves here: stone circles, a burial mound and...

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  • Ekornavallen

    Ekornavallen is an ancient grave field close to Hornborgasjön (lake Hornborga) and one of the most remarkable ancient sites of Sweden. The first people were buried here at about 3000 B.C. and the place was used as a burial ground for more than 4000 years hereafter! Countless standing stones, stone circles, cairns, stone settings and barrows can be...

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  • A lovely hike at Halle- och Hunneberg

    With high expectations before my visit and being spoilt so much by Sweden’s beautiful nature, I found the Nature Reserve of Halle- och Hunneberg a little bit disappointing. The park is without a doubt beautiful, but it misses the extra spark, making it in my opinion a bit average. Hahaha, having said that, I have to admit that it beats every nature...

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  • Tiveden National Park, One word:...

    The deep and dark forest of Tiveden was for long a time a forest you would keep away from, due to pirates, thieves, trolls and other dangerous creatures. In the old days this was described as the border to the wild and unreliably people of the north.... and when you walk around in Tiveden, these thoughts are easy to understand. This park makes your...

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  • More of Västra Götalands Län

    In the previous tips you could see an overview of the places I've visited in this part of Sweden so far, but there is much more to do here. So here are some places that I have left on my wish list and which might be some ideas for you to visit:* Varberg: Medieval town with a nice beach and tourist area Getterön.* Koster Islands: Swedish most...

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  • Västergötlands Museum

    Västergötlands Museum mainly houses a fascinating exhibition dealing with the history of Skara and the surrounding area between the 8th and the 14th century. The focus is on Skara’s period of greatness when the town was a centre of power during the medieval formation of the Svea Kingdom. The exhibition’s principal aim is illustrating the life’s of...

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  • Husaby Well

    Just North/ East of Husaby church lies St. Sigfrid's spring, the probable site of Olof Skötkonung's baptism by the English missionary Sigfrid (see Husaby Church tip for more info). For this reason it became a very well known historic site of this area. First you walk down an ancient, mossy staircase (mind your step!) and then you'll reach a little...

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  • Forshem Church

    The village of Forshem is proud to have a unique medieval church with its own place in Swedish history. The oldest part of the nave dates back to the 11th century. But its greatest claim to fame lies in its 6 stone reliefs.Christianity, and the new society it created, brought the skill of building in a new material, namely stone. Stone churches...

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