Gothenburg is located right by the Kattegat sea, on the west coast of Sweden, and has a population of a little over 500 000. It is located about halfway between the capitals of Copenhagen in Denmark and Oslo in Norway.
The international airport, Landvetter airport, is 20 kilometres southeast of the city centre. It’s easy to get to and from the airport by shuttle bus, Flygbussarna, and the journey takes between 25 and 30 minutes. Buses leave from right outside the terminal building and the end station is the largest bus station in central Gothenburg, Nils Ericsson Terminal. Taxis or car rentals are also available at the airport.
The main street in Gothenburg is called Kungsportsavenyn (commonly known as Avenyn, “The Avenue”). It’s about 1 km long and begins at Götaplatsen and extends all the way to Kungsportsplatsen, in the old city centre of Gothenburg. It crosses a canal and a small park on the way. The Avenue has the highest concentration of pubs and clubs in Gothenburg.
The Fish Church is an indoor fish market next to Rosenlunds Canal in central Gothenburg. The fish church gets its name from the building’s resemblance to a Gothic church and has a wide range of fish and seafood. There are two first-class fish restaurants, but there are also lunch and take-away options available.
The district Haga on the south side of the River Göta älv, was once so run-down and messy that large parts were demolished in the 1970s. The part that now remains is now the city’s prime area, its cobbled lanes lined with cosy cafes that sell plate-sized cinnamon rolls are very popular among tourists and perfect for a Swedish fika (coffee break with cake/bun). It has an old, cosy atmosphere – Gothenburgers love their coffee shops and the town is known for its relaxed cafe feel.
Gothenburg also has many parks and reserves, ranging in size from tens of square metres to hundreds of hectares. It also has many green areas that are not designated as parks or reserves.
Slottsskogen is Gothenburg’s largest park at 137 hectares. It has a free “open” zoo containing seals, penguins, horses, pigs, deer, elk, goats and many birds. You also find the Natural History Museum and the city’s oldest observatory within the park.
Some major events are held in Slottskogen such as one of the world’s biggest half-marathons, “Göteborgsvarvet”, with 64,000 participants, and the Music Festival “Way Out West”, which features a variety of popular music mainly from the rock, electronic and hip-hop genres. Slottskogen is also avery popular place to go for a picnic. It is permitted to have a few beers and a small barbeque on the grass.
Another large recreation area is Delsjö nature reserve area at about 760 hectares with a 3km long lake. This area is perfect for those who want to get closer to nature without going far from the city centre. You can walk, run, cycle, ride, rent boats, play beach volleyball or why not go for a swim? This area is beautiful in all seasons. There is also a small café selling waffles during the summer. Göteborg is a cosy town well worth a visit at any time of year and a perfect add-on to any of our outdoor experiences in West Sweden and Skåne. www.naturetravels.co.uk/meetyoursweden