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Travel Guide: The Best Things to do in Gothenburg, Sweden

Maria Pettersson wearing Baggallini's clear backpack in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Maria Pettersson wearing Baggallini’s clear backpack.

Gothenburg was built in the 17th century and was a trading post. It was the largest port in Sweden making it a hotbed for industry, such as shipbuilding. 300 years after Gothenburg was founded, in the 1920s, a new wave of construction began, giving us cultural meccas like the Museum of Art.

Gothenburg also happens to be home to Maria Pettersson, an international pilot. So, when we heard she was going back to visit her hometown we enlisted her to help us learn more about this maritime city.

“Even when I’ve spent many years away I always want to go back. It’s a beautiful, friendly city and my family and close friends are there.”

Maria

What are the best things to do in Gothenburg?

Maria’s favorite part of Gothenburg is how friendly it is. You can also easily walk almost everywhere and the public transport in Gothenburg works perfectly. Simply jump on a city bus or tram.

“It’s also famous for all cozy cafes. In Sweden we love to have a ́fika. ́Fika is when you together with friends sit down for a coffee and a pastry. At work you normally get two designated ́fika pauses each day, one at 11 and one in the afternoon where you can relax together with your colleagues and recharge your batteries.”

Maria
Maria wearing Baggallini's clear backpack while walking around Gothenburg, Sweden.
Maria wearing Baggallini’s clear backpack while walking around Gothenburg, Sweden.

Outside of meeting Gothenburg’s friendly people or taking a ́fika, there are a number of things you need to experience while there. Here is a quick list of things to do in Gothenburg.

Liseberg amusement park located in the center of Gothenburg.
Liseberg amusement park located in the center of Gothenburg.
  • Gothenburg is known for Liseberg, one of Europe’s biggest theme parks right in the city center. Forty-one rides and attractions offer thrills and laughter for kids and grown-ups.
  • Visit Haga for coffee. It’s an old part of Gothenburg and almost like an oasis away from busy city life.
  • Take a stroll through Slottskogen. Slottskogen is a beautiful park located in the city center.
  • Avenyn is on the main street in Gothenburg and lined with restaurants, cafes, and shops. It is also where most bars and nightlife happens if you want to go for a drink in the evening.
  • If it’s raining escape to Universieum, a science park in the city center. Universeum has an indoor rainforest and you can learn about science, space, dinosaurs, animals, and everything interesting.
  • Visit the Gothenburg Art Museum. The museum has three stars in Michelin’s Green Guide and houses impressive Nordic collections dating from the 15th century, among other works of art.
  • Waterways are present throughout Gothenburg and offer a great view of the city. Give sightseeing on a tour boat a try.

What are the best restaurants in Gothenburg?

Fresh shrimp from the sea outside Gothenburg.
Fresh shrimp from the sea outside Gothenburg.

Being located on a port, Gothenburg is known for its seafood, especially shrimp sandwiches. Here are just a few restaurants you should give a try while visiting.

  • If you like shrimp don’t miss Heaven 23’s shrimp sandwiches. They are famous! Heaven 23 is located on the 23rd floor of the Gothia Towers and has a spectacular view over the city.
  • In the heart of Gothenburg is Gabriel Fisk- & Skaldjursbar. Enjoy fresh seafood of the highest quality in a great atmosphere.
  • Dine in the middle of Gothenburg’s harbor and watch ships coming into the port at the aptly named, River Restaurant. The view alone will be unforgettable.