Gothenburg Tourist Information and Tourism

(Gothenburg, Vastergotland, Vastra Gotaland County, Sweden)

Aerial picture of Gothenburg's portLocated in a country known for its expensive tastes, Gothenburg (Göteburg) is a pleasant surprise to the pocket and remains one of Sweden's most affordable coastal cities, offering a range of inexpensive accommodation and cheap flights. Throw in some truly wonderful attractions and visitors will soon realise that Gothenburg is quite a memorable and extremely alluring city.

Gothenburg is home to the biggest harbour and amusement park within the whole of Scandinavia, and also boasts a large student population, which adds to the friendly and vibrant atmosphere. The true highlight of the city is the Kungsportsavenyn, a spectacular boulevard in every sense and often referred to as the Avenyn (Avenue).

Meandering through the very heart of Gothenburg, the Göta River (Göta Alv) offers a great place for an afternoon boat trip, while others prefer to use the city's trams for a spot of island hopping, which usually pass through the central hub of Brunnsparken. To find out about these activities and tourism during you stay, visit the Gothenburg tourist information offices of Göteborgs Turistbyra on both the Kungsportsplatsen and Nordstadstorget.

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Gothenburg Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Many tourists come to Gothenburg to simply spend a day or two at Sweden's leading attraction, the Liseberg Amusement Park, which is situated to the south-east of the actual city centre and receives more than three million visitors annually. Ride the Balder roller coaster if you dare and reach speeds of 90 kph / 56 miles. Alternatively, you can head to Gothenburg's lively beach resorts of Askims, Langedrag and Saltholmen, sightsee onboard an inexpensive tram, or enjoy a trip around the Lilla Bommen harbour, on the beautiful Barken Viking sailing ship. More information about Gothenburg Tourist Attractions.

Picture of the waterfront 'Fish Church'Around the city are countless distinctive buildings, showcasing Swedish architecture from many different eras. Gothenburg City Hall (Radhuset) dominates the Gustav Adolfs Square in the city centre, and nearby, the Stock Exchange (Börsen) stands high above the Stortorget Square. Next to the Rosenlund Canal, the Feskekörka (Fish Church) deserves a mention, as does the campus of the University of Gothenburg and its many impressive buildings, which are home to over 50,000 students. More information about Gothenburg Landmarks.

Gothenburg coastal photographImportant heritage sites and impressive museums emerge from all over Gothenburg and offer a range of interesting exhibits and related information. The world's biggest floating ship museum of Maritiman contains around 20+ historical vessels and even a long submarine, while the new and extremely futuristic Varldskulturmuset (Museum of World and Culture) is also worth finding, where you can immerse yourself in multimedia exhibits. If you are interested in art, then the Konstmusseet will be for you and contains Gothenburg's main collection of paintings, with pieces by Rembrandt, Picasso and Van Gogh. More information about Gothenburg Museums and Gothenburg Art Galleries.

View of the Gothenberg Maritime MuseumA wide range of popular beach resorts reside close to Gothenburg and around the archipelago, such as those at Brännö, Ljungskile, Strömstad and also Vallda Sandö, which makes for a great day trip for all the family and features an extremely beautiful rocky coastline and many secluded spaces. Also close to Gothenburg is the continental and vibrant city of Malmo, which is linked to neighbouring Copenhagen by the Oresund Bridge and tunnel. Malmo contains an array of half-timbered houses and unusual works of architecture and lies around three hours to the south. More information about Gothenburg Attractions Nearby.

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