Top Things to Do in Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg is Sweden's second largest city, located on the Swedish west coast. The city's name in Swedish is Göteborg.

A wide variety of attractions, sights, and historical places are available to travelers visiting the charming town of Gothenburg in southern Sweden. If you'd like to find out what the most popular tourist attractions and sightseeing destinations are in Gothenburg, you have come to the right place. My five favorites are the following:

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Slottsskogen, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Slottsskogen literally means "the castle forest". In Slottsskogen, travelers can visit Gothenburg's Natural History Museum (Naturhistoriska Museet), a children's zoo (Barnens Zoo), and a family animal park (Djurgårdarna). Don't miss the feeding of the seals at 2 pm! The park is also home to the city's oldest observatory. For a relaxing day, go to the grass areas for sun-bathing and picnicking - or play a round of mini golf by Gothenburg's shady forests. There are folk dances and popular concerts as well.

Free admission. Take trams 1 or 2 to Linneplatsen or trams 1, 7, 8 to Botaniska Trädgarden.

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Liseberg Amusement Park

Gothenburg's amusement park Liseberg is Scandinavia's largest amusement park. This park is fun for all ages, from ​childrens' carousels to fast roller-coasters. Concerts by popular artists provide musical entertainment, and beautiful exotic flowers give this place a colorful background. The park is open daily from May to August (weekends in April and September/October.) Gothenburg's Liseberg park is also open in December, when you can enjoy a typical Swedish Christmas market and pony riding.

Tickets: SEK 55. The park can be reached with tram 5 to Liseberg or bus 51 to Korsvägen.

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Archipelago of Southern Gothenburg

The Southern Gothenburg Archipelago lies off the coast of Gothenburg, and is entirely free of cars. It has 5,000 permanent and another 6,000 summer residents. In the Norse sagas, this archipelago was called Elfarsker ("the river islets"), as the river Göta älv had its estuary there. The islands are said to have been famous as a location for duels during the Viking Age. There are several beautiful islands in Gothenburg's southern archipelago, nice for bathing and excursions. The more popular ones are Asperö, Styrsö and Vrångö. Enjoy the view on a boat tour around this area!

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Botaniska Trädgården (Botanical Garden)

Gothenburg's Botanical Garden is the largest of its kind in Sweden. The area in total is 175 hectares (ca 430 acres), of which most constitutes a nature reserve. This park is home to over 16,000 plant species and has a bamboo grove, a bulb garden, greenhouses, a herb garden, a Japanese valley, a rock garden, greenhouses with exotics, etc. A wonderful, uniquely relaxing atmosphere is found at Botaniska Trädgården and there are many places to sit down and rest.

Admission: SEK 20 donation requested. Greenhouses admission: SEK 20 (obligatory). Located at Carl Slottbergs Gata 22A, Gothenburg.

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Kungsportsavenyn ("Avenyn")

Kungsportsavenyn, commonly known as simply "Avenyn" (meaning "Avenue"), is the main street in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the city's most popular avenue for shopping and restaurants in all price ranges. With a total length of 1 kilometer (about .6 miles), it stretches from the waters at the edge of Gothenburg's old city​ and ends at the Götaplatsen square. There you can find the Gothenburg Museum of Art and several other cultural establishments. Due to its size and popularity, Kungsportsavenyn is easy to find in Gothenburg's city center - just follow the signs or ask a local.

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