The second largest city in Sweden, Gothenburg has a massive student population of 60,000 making it the largest of Scandinavia. Famed for being one of the friendliest cities in the world, Gothenburg is sure to feel like home on your first visit.
Gothenburg balances its rich working class history with modernity and sophistication that comes as expected in large Swedish cities. The harbour is the centre of the city’s history and there are a large number of museums celebrating this fact. In recent years, the city has also incorporated modern cafes, restaurants and bars, combining the traditional style of socialisation with the American style experience.
A small, nippy car will serve all drivers well in Gothenburg as it will easily handle the narrow side streets along with the more hectic main roads.
Fans of retail therapy will adore Gothenburg for its vast array of shopping opportunities. Nordstan is the main shopping centre with Swedish and European favourites such as H&M and Esprit. For those with a larger budget, NK is home to the likes of Dior, Paul Smith and YSL amongst other designer outlets.
Gothenburg Film Festival is a major annual draw to the city for cinema buffs the world over. Larger every year, it has become a central part of the Scandinavian film scene with a wide number of new and major films on offer from a range of genres.
Those looking for a look back into Gothenburg’s history have a number of different options to explore. Skansen Kronan is a hilltop fortification which is not only fascinating itself but offers excellent views as well. Meanwhile, the Gothenburg City Museum takes a comprehensive look back at the city’s history from the prehistoric age with a particularly in depth focus upon the 19th Century and the Swedish East India Company.
December is one of the most popular months to visit the city for international tourists due to Julstaden, the city’s Christmas celebration. The city is transformed into a living Christmas town with stunning lights, exceptional markets and a number of city-wide events for all ages to enjoy.
Parking in the city can be very expensive and difficult to come across. It is therefore highly recommended to park on the outskirts and commute into the city, as parking close to the centre can become incredibly costly
There is a congestion charge within the city for all cars bearing a Swedish number plate, with the cost varying depending upon the time of day. There is no charge for those travelling between 6.30pm and 5.59am, or on Saturday and Sunday
It is highly recommended to use a GPS when travelling in the city for the first time due to the one-way system in operation across the majority of the city’s roads, coupled with multiple dead ends
Landvetter Airport is the major airport serving the city with international flights throughout the year and is based 35km east of the city centre.
A smaller and more limited option is Gothenburg City Airport, which is purely served by budget airlines and located much closer to the city.