ESOC 2018 - About Gothenburg

About Gothenburg

Sweden's second biggest city is located on the west coast of Sweden, at the outlet of the Göta river. Gothenburg, once the centre of the Swedish ship-building industry, has turned into a diverse and lively city full of Swedish design, food and culture. Offering both land and sea, city and nature, cobbled streets and industrial buildings revived to modern galleries and hip cafes; Gothenburg is one of Europe's top destinations.

Have a look at this inside guide from the Goteborg tourism bureau with tips on places to go, eat and shop in Gothenburg.

 Gothenburg archipelago


The archipelago of Gothenburg stretches along the coast and consist of over 20 islands. A 30-minute tram ride will take you from the city centre to Saltholmen. Enjoy the tram ride itself, and step out to view one of the most stunning sights.

You can go on to take the ferry boat to one of the beautiful islands and try the local seafood taverns, get to know the local black sheep and experience some traditional dancing.

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The Museum of Art houses remarkable works dating from the 15th century and has one of the finest collections in Northern Europe with significant Nordic and international artwork. The museum has a 3-star ranking from Michelin Travel. 

Waterside city tour


To explore Gothenburg from a waterside perspective, get in a classic "paddan boat" that takes you through the 17th century moats and canals, under low bridges and into the busy harbour.


The fish market hall Feskekôrka, (literally translated ''fish church'') is an indoor fish and shellfish market where you can buy all kinds of seafood delicacies.

The market hall was completed in 1874 to a design by the city architect, Viktor von Gegerfeldt. And yes, it actually looks like a church.


The charming Haga quarter is the city's most historic district, full of wooden houses and cobbled streets. 

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Gothenburg is very green and has lots of parks and gardens to enjoy.

In the heart of the city, you can find Trädgårdsföreningen, the Garden Society of Gothenburg. This garden is one of the best preserved 19th century parks in Europe.

The main park, Slottsskogen, is a 137-hectare haven in the middle of the city, with playgrounds and picnic spots, as well as a year-round free petting zoo.

Close to it, you can find the Botanical gardens, where you'll find 430 acres with around 16,000 species of plants in the different greenhouses and areas.

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