Goteborg (Gothenburg) Sights

Göteborg begs to be explored by foot. A small, neat package of a city, it can be divided up into three main areas, all of which are closely interlinked. If your feet need a rest, though, there is an excellent streetcar network that runs to all parts of town. The main artery of Göteborg is Kungsportsavenyn (more commonly referred to as Avenyn, "the Avenue"), a 60-foot-wide tree-lined boulevard

that bisects the city along a northwest–southeast axis. Avenyn starts at Göteborg's cultural heart, Götaplatsen, home to the city's oldest cultural institutions, where ornate carved-stone buildings keep watch over the shady boulevards of the Vasastan neighborhood, which are lined with exclusive restaurants and bars. Follow Avenyn north and you'll find the main commercial area, now dominated by the modern Nordstan shopping center. Beyond is the waterfront, busy with all the traffic of the port, as well as some of Göteborg's newer cultural developments, in particular its magnificent opera house.

To the west of the city are the Haga and Linné districts. Once home to the city's dockyard, shipping, and factory workers, these areas are now chic and alive with arts-and-crafts galleries, antiques shops, boutiques selling clothes and household goods, and street cafés and restaurants.

The main tourist office is Göteborg's Turistbyrå in Kungsportsplatsen. There are also offices at the Nordstan shopping center and in front of the central train station at Drottningtorget.

A free English-language newspaper with listings called Metro is available in summer; you can pick it up at tourist offices, shopping centers, and some restaurants, as well as on streetcars.

Göteborg's Turistbyrå's website has a good events calendar.

The Göteborg City Card, available from the Göteborg tourist office, and via its website, offers discounts and savings for sights, restaurants, hotels, and other services around the city.

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Botaniska Trädgården

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With 1,200 plant species, this is Sweden's largest botanical garden. Herb gardens, bamboo groves, a Japanese valley, forest plants, and...


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The cathedral, in neoclassic yellow brick, dates from 1802—two previous cathedrals on this spot were destroyed by fire. Though plain...


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Built in 1872, this fish market gets its nickname from the vast hall's Gothic-style architectural details. The beautiful arched and vaulted...


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This square was built in 1923 in celebration of the city's 300th anniversary. In the center is the Swedish-American sculptor Carl Milles's...

Göteborgs Operan

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A statement in steel and glass, the opera house opened in 1994, immediately dominating this section of the waterfront with its bold lines...

Haga Nygatan

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The redbrick buildings that line this street were originally poorhouses donated by the Dickson family, the city's British industrialist...


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This stunning bathhouse was built at the end of the 19th century by the Swedish philanthropist Sven Renström. Originally used by local...


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This impressive collection of the works of leading Scandinavian painters and sculptors captures some of the moody introspection of the...

Liseberg Amusement Park

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The more than thirty attractions here—carousels, rides, rollercoasters, funhouses, and the like—pull in roughly three million visitors...


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In the world's largest floating maritime museum you'll find modern naval vessels, including a destroyer; submarines; a lightship; cargo...


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