Gothenburg is situated on the west coast of Sweden. The city lies just over five hours southwest from Sweden’s capital Stockholm, which is located on the opposite side of the country. Gothenburg differs significantly from Stockholm and travelers will immediately find that the second city doesn’t copy its bigger sibling.
Many say Gothenburg is ‘more European’ than other Swedish cities. While that may be true, tourists will be mesmerized by the city’s attractions. From amazing amusement parks to Formula One experiences that cannot be missed, Gothenburg is a city that shouldn’t be overlooked when planning a vacation.
Local Favorite: Inlagd sillSwedish food cuisine has had a long history with pickled herring, known locally as inlagd sill. Herring is a staple item in Swedish fishing communities along the western side of the country and is a hugely popular dish in the wintertime. There are various pickled herring recipes, with every family having their own method of serving up the dish. Different spices and seasonings are used in each recipe, creating an endless variety of flavors. Many restaurants in Gothenburg will offer guests several inlagd sill dishes. To make an inlagd sill, the herring is salted then picked using water, sugar, spices, and vinegar. Inlagd sill has a unique taste you are unlikely to have experienced before.
Archipelago of Gothenburg
Gothenburg Museum of Art
Gothenburg City Museum
Gothenburg Botanical Garden
Top Tourist Attractions
Slottsskogen is an amazing 338-acre park and zoo located in the center of Gothenburg. Tourists can walk through the Slottsskogen and see wildlife roaming around the zoo. During spring and summer, a farm and petting zoo opens up for the entire family to explore. The Slottskogen also provides trails for hikers, bikers, and joggers. The best thing about Slottsskogen is it’s free to visit.
Sweden is famous for two companies. One of which is flat-pack furniture company, Ikea and the other is the automobile manufacturer, Volvo. The car brand has its museum located in Gothenburg, and whether travelers are fans of Volvo or not, it makes for a fun and educational experience. The museum charts Volvo’s history from its first car in 1927 up to today’s models. Along with full-time exhibits open to the public, the Volvo Museum houses temporary showcases that take car enthusiasts back to the early days of the company.
Liseberg Amusement Park
Liseberg Amusement Park is as old-school an amusement park as they come. Tourists will find adrenaline-pumping rides, roller coasters and more at the fun park. Liseberg is home to the AtmosFear, one of the tallest free-fall rides on the European continent. It is bound to put a scare into anyone who rides it. Award-winning wooden roller coaster Balder brings back memories of rides from yesteryear. Meanwhile, the Liseberg Wheel offers park goers amazing panoramic views of Gothenburg. In all, over 40 rides can be found at the amusement park along with concerts, food stalls, and games.
Rajamaki Driving Experience
Less than a 2-hour drive from Gothenburg is the Anderstorp race track. Built in 1968, it is the only Formula One race track in Scandinavia. Despite the Swedish Grand Prix not being run since 1978, there are still other events held at the track throughout the year. One of the most popular reasons to visit Anderstorp is to attend the Rajamaki Driving Experience. The driving experience offers different packages to customers. Drivers will get the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Williams FW29 Formula One car driven by Nico Rosberg and Alex Wurz. Drivers who complete the day-long course will receive a Formula One driving certificate before leaving.