Gothenburg sightseeing

Gothenburg sightseeing

Author Anne Plau

Gothenburg is known as a cosmopolitan and friendly city. It is rich in history and culture and offers a lot of attractions to its visitors.

Befestigungsanlagen 

Gothenburg was 2021 years old in 400. Some fortifications still exist from the time the city was founded. Remnants of the city wall have been preserved, which - surprisingly for visitors - present themselves in the normal cityscape.

Skansen Kronan and Skansen Lejonet 

Only the two entrenchment towers have been preserved from the former fortifications. The Löwen-Schanze is located in the middle of the railway station tracks and is therefore quite unattractive. The Kronen-Schanze is located above the district of Haga on a small hill. The outdoor areas are laid out like a park. From there you have a good view of Gothenburg.

Skansen Kronan fortress


Skansen Kronan fortress


Gun turret - Skansen Kronan fortress


Gun turret - Skansen Kronan fortress 


The former ramparts 

The city center was protected by jagged ramparts and a moat. This is easy to see from a bird's eye view. Today there are no more fortifications next to the watercourse, but well-tended parks. They are one of the city's green lungs. The parks are popular with Gothenburg residents and guests. Trädgårdsföreningen, a landscape park with a palm house and rose garden, which was laid out in 1842 and is a listed building, is particularly beautiful.

Trädgårdsföreningen on the Kungsportsavenyen

Trädgårdsföreningen on the Kungsportsavenyen


Nya Älvsborg 

The fortress is located on an island in the Göta River across from the Arendal pier and the Volvo Museum. It was built in 1653 and is almost completely preserved. Nya Älvsborg has been a listed building since 1935 and is a tourist attraction. Excursion boats go to the island in summer.

Sights in the historical city area 

Between the moat and Göta älv lies the oldest part of the city with representative buildings, beautiful squares, streets and canals.

Around the Gustav Adolfs torg 

Historic buildings line this spacious square: the former stock exchange, built in 1849, and the 18th century town hall. In the middle of the square there is a statue of the city founder Gustav II Adolf.

Gustav Adolfs torg


Gustav Adolfs torg


Gustav Adolfs torg with the town hall


Gustav Adolfs torg with the town hall 


The Tyska kyrkan stands next to the square on the Stora Hamn Canal. Known as the German Church, the Christian Church is home to the German Congregation in Gothenburg.

A little further on the Stora Hamn Canal is the house of the East India Company. The splendid building from the 18th century was used as a warehouse and auction house, today it is the city museum.

Kronhuset and Kronhusbodarna 

The Kronhuset is the oldest of the secular buildings that have survived. It was the crown's armory and was built between 1642 and 1653. With the Kronhusbodarna, formerly military buildings from the 18th century, the Kronhuset forms an inviting inner courtyard. The Kronhusbodarna are now home to gastronomic establishments, shops and factories.

Kronhuset


Kronhuset


Kronhusbodarna


Kronhusbodarna 


Göteborgs domkyrka or Gustavi domkyrka 

Gothenburg Cathedral was built on the foundations of two previous churches that had burned down. It is located in the middle of Gothenburg and is surrounded by a small park. The church was completed in 1815 and the tower followed in 1825. The cathedral has been rebuilt and renovated several times. Church silver from the 17th century is on display in the anteroom. The cathedral is the episcopal church of the Diocese of Gothenburg.

Gustavi domkyrka
Gustavi domkyrka
Gustavi domkyrka - nave
Gustavi domkyrka - church silver

Feskekôrka and Saluhallen 

The Saluhallen is a market hall on Kungstorget. It was built in 1886. The market stalls in the Saluhallen mainly sell food, and there are also a few shops and restaurants.

The Feskekôrka lies on the moat. The fish market hall was inaugurated in 1874. Fresh fish was sold at stalls, but there were also restaurants and snack bars. The market hall was given the name Fischkirche because of its external shape, which is reminiscent of a church. It is currently closed and is scheduled to reopen in 2023. In front of the building there is a group of sculptures in honor of the Gothenburg fishermen.

Feskekörka on Fisktorget


Feskekörka on Fisktorget


SkärgårdsFiskare next to Feskekörka


SkärgårdsFiskare next to Feskekörka 


Nordstan shopping center 

Nordstan is Sweden's largest shopping center with the highest turnover. It was gradually opened from 1972 to 1985. On 320.000 square meters there are around 200 small or large, expensive or inexpensive shops for all kinds of goods. You can also find supermarkets, fast food and fish shops, restaurants and cafes.

 

 

Sights outside the moat 

There is enough to see in Gothenburg outside of the old city area.

Kungsportavenyen and Götaplatsen 

The Avenyen leads out of the city center and connects Kungsportplatsen and Götaplatsen. Wide footpaths invite you to stroll. Theaters and museums line this promenade, as do restaurants, cafes and shops. The shopping experience ranges from the usual chain stores to high-quality specialty stores.

Poseidon fountain on Götaplatsen - behind it the art gallery


Poseidon fountain on Götaplatsen - behind it the art gallery


Poseidon fountain on Götaplatsen


Poseidon fountain on Götaplatsen  


The Götaplatsen can be seen as the cultural center of Gothenburg. The city theater, the concert hall, the art museum and the library are located around the square. In the middle of the square is the Poseidon fountain. From there you can see the Avenyen up to the Kungsportplatsen.

Around the Korsvägen 

Liseberg amusement park is located on Korsvägen - in the middle of Gothenburg. The amusement park is the largest in Scandinavia and the top tourist attraction in Sweden in terms of visitor numbers. The park opened in 1923 on the occasion of Gothenburg's 300th birthday celebrations. There are a large number of attractive rides. Music events take place on two stages and during Advent there is a Christmas market in the park that is well-known and popular beyond Gothenburg. The historic tram goes from the main train station to Liseberg Park.

View of Liseberg amusement park
Historic tram Lisebergslinjen
Korsvägen with the exhibition center and Gothia Towers
Södra Vägen with the Universeum

The Göteborg Messe and the Hotel Gothia Towers are also located on Korsvägen, as is the Universeum. Sweden's national science center Universeum opened in 2001. It serves public education in science, technology and sustainable development. The areas deal, among other things, with the Amazon rainforest, space and the oceans. There is a chemistry laboratory and a technology workshop. Each area contains interactive offers. The Universeum aims to provide children and adults with the knowledge they need to make the earth a more sustainable living space.

The district of Haga 

The Haga district, located below the Skansen Kronan, is a magnet for visitors. Picturesque wooden houses and cobblestones form the framework for an excursion into bygone times. Haga is Gothenburg's former working-class district and attracts with historic shops and small cafes. Haga Nygata is Gothenburg's oldest shopping street.

Haga Nygata

Haga Nygata


Sights on the Göta älv 

After the shipyards were closed, many new buildings were built at the port. The facilities built directly in front of the old town are impressive. A promenade leads from the Stora Hamn Canal to the Skanskaskrapan skyscraper on the Lila Bommen quay.

Maritiman Ship Museum 

The Maritime Museum Maritiman consists of 13 civil and military ships anchored on the Packhus quay. The ships are connected to the land or to each other via jetties and can be viewed. Highlights of the floating museum are the submarine Nordkaparen and the fire boat Flodsprutan II.

Maritiman ship museum - lightship


Maritiman ship museum - lightship


Maritime Museum Maritiman - Destroyer Småland


Maritime Museum Maritiman - Destroyer Småland 


But also a patrol boat, a barge, a harbor ferry and a rescue boat from different years of construction are interesting objects. The museum aims to preserve Gothenburg's maritime heritage.

Gothenburgsoperan 

The Gothenburg Opera House was completed in 1994. The location on Göta älv and the architecture are striking. The house serves opera, ballet and musicals and can accommodate 1300 visitors.

Gothenburg Opera House


Gothenburg Opera House


Gothenburg's Opera House - entrance area


Gothenburg's Opera House - entrance area 


Tall ship Viking 

The four-masted barque lies on the Lilla Bommen quay. She entered service in 1907 and served as a training ship for the Danish merchant navy. Today is the Viking Museum as well as hotel and restaurant ship.

Skanskaskrapan high-rise

The red and white striped skyscraper Skanskaskrapan is located next to the marina on the Lilla Bommen quay. Because of its sloping shape, Gothenburg calls it “lipstick”. The observation deck on the 22nd floor offers a panoramic view of Gothenburg.

Skanskakrapan and Bark Viking

Skanskakrapan and Bark Viking


Tours on the water 

In Gothenburg residents and visitors can take boats through the canals and ferries in the port area or to the archipelago.

Canal tour by paddan boat 

The old town area of ​​Gothenburg is completely surrounded by water. The flat, open Paddan boats set off from Kungsportplatsen for tours through the moat, the Stora Hamn Canal, the Göta älv and the Rosenlund Canal.

Paddan boat tour


Paddan boat tour


Kungsparken


Kungsparken 


During the one-hour drive, you can see many of Gothenburg's sights. The boats pass, for example, the Gustav Adolfs torg, the Maritiman ship museum, the old shipyard locations, the opera house and the Feskekôrka.

Ride with the harbor ferry 

To experience Gothenburg from the water, you can also take the Älvsnabben harbor ferry. This is inexpensive pleasure because the ferries are part of Gothenburg's public transport network. Line 285 runs from Lilla Bommen Kai to Klippan and back.

Visit the archipelago 

The Gothenburg archipelago is one of the most beautiful natural areas in the world.

Gothenburg's archipelago


Gothenburg's archipelago


Gothenburg's archipelago


Gothenburg's archipelago 


8000 rocky islands, formed thousands of years ago by ice ages, lie north and south of the mouth of the Göta älv in the Kattegat. The size of the archipelago varies from a few square meters to a few square kilometers. Many of the islands are completely bare, others are covered with grass, moss, bushes and trees. Up to 1000 people live on the larger islands. The ferries to the southern archipelago start in Saltholmen, those to the northern archipelago from Lilla Varholmen. There are bridge connections between some islands.

Böttö lighthouse in the Gothenburg archipelago

Böttö lighthouse in the Gothenburg archipelago


October 2021

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