As Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg is sometimes overshadowed by its more famous cousin Stockholm. But on my trip, I found Gothenburg has gems all of its own to uncover.
Coming into land at Landvetter airport on a snowy morning, it felt like i was having a second Christmas.
My base for the weekend was Hotel Flora, a centrally located 4 star boutique hotel perfectly located for exploring Gothenburg.
With my Gothenburg one city pass in hand, giving me free travel on all public transport in Gothenburg, on top of entry to Gothenburgs main attractions , I headed out to explore .
With a good couple of feet of snow to contend with, it definitely felt like I was getting a workout ,whilst having a wander round the city, no wonder those swedes keep so trim.
Gothenburg definitely wins the award for the most stylish public transport system, with their retro style trams, they blast through piles of snow effortlessly , and it’s easy to hop on and off .
Gothenburg is stuffed to the brim with culture , the museums are world class. The Gothenburg museum of Art houses all the greats from a Monet to a Deagas ballerina.
And the Natural History museum is small but perfectly formed .
The Gothenburg city museum is also worth a peek, with plenty of Viking artefacts from around the city.
Fish is big in Gothenburg , they even have their own ‘fish church’ known as FESKEKÔRKA. There’s even a couple of excellent restaurants inside, if you get the sudden urge to eat fish.
There’s also an indoor food hall, where you can hang out and grab a typical Swedish lunch at Kages Horna
Or grab some chocolate, from local producer Kanold.
The place for the perfect afternoon stroll is in Haga , the once dodgy part of town, since rescued by the hipsters. With plenty of quirky independant shops, it’s a great place to pick up something Swedish to take home.
In the summer when the ice breaks , you can see Gothenburg from the water on a boat trip along Gothenburg’s picturesque canals.
Gothenburg was so much more than I expected , it’s a compact, easy to navigate city , with great public transport , I especially liked the trams, there’s more plenty to see and do on a weekend break.
Check out http://www.goteburg.com to plan your Swedish getaway.
Please note my stay in Gothenburg was generously provided by Gothenburg Tourist Board, but my opinions as usual all my own.