We have now lived in Gothenburg for twenty years and it is our new home. We love the city because most of the people here are honest, humorous and fairly direct.
A bustling port and hard working city
Gothenburg is always on the go. It’s a working city with a mixture of hard physical labour and international trade culture (both Volvo and SKF are based here), as well as a busy port.
Gothenburg is also a lively and vibrant city of culture. Major exhibitions, large conventions, large sporting events and concerts are often held here, rather than in Stockholm. Many big music stars play in Gothenburg, including The Boss – Bruce Springsteen’s appearances here are legendary. Moreover, Gothenburg has some world-class museums such as the Universeum, the Nordic region’s largest Science Centre.
Easy to reach by plane and ferry
Low-cost flights to the airport at Landvetter make Gothenburg easily accessible from all over the world. The night ferry from Kiel in Germany is both exciting and convenient, as it docks directly behind the Älvsborgsbron bridge and not far from the centre of Gothenburg. There is also a ferry service from Fredrikshavn in Denmark. Both ferry services are run by Stena Line.
The centre of Gothenburg is only a stone’s throw from the fascinating archipelago.
The car-free southern archipelago can be reached in just one hour from the city centre by both tram and boat. Here you can find small, charming seaside villages, secluded beaches, traditional restaurants and accommodations, such as the homely inn on the island of Brännö, and fantastic walking and cycling opportunities.
The northern archipelago can be reached by car and free car ferries from Lilla Varholmen. Several of the northern islands are linked by bridges.
Our recommendations for Gothenburg
- The classic Paddan boat tour: City tour and harbour cruise
- Haga, one of the oldest parts of Gothenburg
- Northern archipelago
- Southern archipelago
- Southern archipelago in winter
- 12 favourite spots in Gothenburg
- Seven reasons to visit the Christmas City Gothenburg
- Free outdoor skatepark in the city centre
- Day trip from Gothenburg: Perfect summer day at the seaside – in Gottskär, Halland
Hotels in Gothenburg
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Here are some hotels we especially recommend:
- 5 star: the new Upper House at Gothia Towers, next to the amusement park Liseberg
- 4 star: Clarion Hotel Post not far from the central station
- 3 star: Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel – excellent bar and magnificent view from the top
- 3 star: STF Göteborg City Hotel – right in the centre of Gothenburg
- Hostel: Slottsskogen Hostel, one of the best and friendliest hostels in town
Holiday homes in West Sweden
Wide selection of holiday homes, including cottages, villas, cabins and apartments.
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Sightseeing tours and activities
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Gothenburg Transfers & Ground Transport
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In the southern archipelago