Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden with a popular of about 500,000. It is located on the western coast at the edge of the Gota River. It's a very friendly and welcoming city with a great vibe. Part of its energy comes from the Gothenburg University, which, with over 60,000 students, is the largest university in the country. Historically, Gothenburg has working class roots which are still apparent today, particularly in the city's harbour area. Recently there has been a growing number of expensive restaurants and cafes, showing that the demographic continues to evolve.
The climate in Gothenburg is oceanic and the temperatures are relatively mild given the city's northern location. It is effected by the Gulf Stream, which keeps the temperatures moderate throughout the year. Summers have average highs of about 20 degrees Celsius and winters are cold and windy with temperatures hovering around freezing. Snow is common between the months of December and March and can sometimes occur during either November or April or even as early as October or as late as May. During the summer there are about 18 hours of sunlight and only 6 and half hours of sunlight during the shortest days in December.
To begin your trip to Gothenburg, swing by one of the two tourist offices which can be found in central Gothenburg, the first in the Nordstan shopping center and the second is about ten minutes away on Kungsportsplatsen. At these two sights you can pick up a City Pass which will give you access to many tourist sights and museums, and free travel on most of the trams and buses.
The city is filled with museums and historical buildings, but, like every other Swedish cities, a big part of the city's appeal is the parks and gardens. There's a very nice botanical garden in town that you can enter free of charge. Also check out Slottsskogen, which is a large, beautiful English garden. Finally, Tradgardsforeningen, is an award winning rose garden in the middle of town that is nice to wander through. If you're a fan of amusement parks, head over to Liseberg, which is in town and the largest amusement park in the country. It does have some great rides.
Some of the best museums in the city include Gothenburg Art Museum, Gothenburg City Museum, and the Museum of World Culture, although there is no shortage of others to choose from.
Boroughs in Gothenburg include Norra Hisingen, Angered, Ostra Goteborg, Vastra Hisingen, Lundby, Majorna-Linne, Centrum, Orgryte-Harlanda, Vastra Goteborg, and Askim-Frolunda-Hogsbo.
Activities around town include visiting, Liseberg, which is the largest amusement park in Scandinavia, taking a Paddan tourist boat on the city canals, going canoeing on Lake Delsjon, going out on a sailing yacht, visiting the Coteborg Opera House, or enjoying the view from Guldhedstornet, which is the highest point and the highest cafe in the city.
Food and Dining
The main restaurant street in town is Linnegatan. The main stretch of restaurants are between Jarntorget and Linneplatsen. Here you'll find plenty of different options that cater to those seeking both budget and more moderately priced dining options. You will find the best deals at lunch time, which is between 11:30 and 14:00. Popular budget options include pizza, Indian, Japanese, and a handful of very good vegetarian restaurants. There are also some good falafel stands around town.
Public transportation in Gothenburg is operated by Vasttrafik and includes trams, buses and ferries. It can be slow and frustrating a lot of the time. To travel across the city, it can take up to an hour to cover the 10 kilometer distance. If you're traveling within the central area, however, the public transport can be more efficient. Make sure you travel with a map as there are few maps at the tram stops. The city has the largest light rail network in Scandinavia, which includes 12 tram lines, most of which stop at the main tram stop, Brunnsparken. This is very close to the train station, Centralstationen. The trams run approximately every 10 minutes during the day and twice an hour at night. If you're planning to go farther outside of the city center, then buses are probably your best option. There are a few express bus lines that go to the far edges of town and even to nearby towns. Alternatively, taxis are quite efficient although much more expensive. They are relatively easy to catch, clean, comfortable and safe.
Paddan Boat Tour
By backpackguru on Nov 9, 2011 in Entertainment
A quintessential Goteborg experience is the boat Paddan, which rides along the canals around town and on the the river in the harbour. The original tours began in 1939, when the boat took only twelve riders, but now they carry about eighty people, with guides speaks a range of languages. It's a great way to see the historic city center. The tour takes a little less than an hours and costs 95 SEK. It's the perfect activity for a beautiful day. You can catch the boat in Kungsportsbron, which is in the heart of Avenyn. The boats do fill up so be sure and get there early. During the peak months, about four boats leave every hour.