Public transportation within Gothenburg (and the west of Sweden) is operated by Västtrafik and consists of trams, buses and ferries. You can find more information about tickets and a journey planner on their homepage.
Public transport in Gothenburg can be very slow: For example, to cross one side of the city to the other can take up to an hour (to cross 10km). However, inside the central area, transport is fairly rapid.
The local transport company (Västtrafik) have removed maps from just about all tram stops, be prepared, have a map ready before you get here. If you own a smartphone, downloading Västtrafiks app “Reseplaneraren”, will help greatly. With it you can just type in the adress or tram/bus stop that you want to go to, and it will suggest the best route. If completely lost, you can also use the “nuvarande position” (current position) feature, to get you back on track.
- Skansen Kronan(Crown Keep) is a hilltop fortification, southwest of the city center, built in the 17th century. It has been used as a prison during the 19th century and as a military museum in the 20th century. Today, there is a restaurant and conference facility. In the old army barracks next to it, there is a summer café serving home baked goods and ice cream. Its twin Skansen Lejonet (Lion Keep) unfortunately finds itself in the middle of a railroad and industrial area but guided tours are held the first and third Sunday of every month.
- Close to Skansen Kronan isHaga, a city district with picturesque wooden houses from the 19th century. Don’t forget to explore the more bohemian Långgatan streets (Första, Andra, Tredje and Fjärde Långgatan) nearby.
- The indoorFish Market, called “Feskekôrka” (Fish Church) because of the shape of the building, is located by the canal near the harbor.
- Gothenburg Art Museum(Göteborgs Konstmuseum), Götaplatsen Housed in a magnificent edifice flanked by the theater and concert hall, it features a world-class collection of Nordic art. The adjacent Hasselblad Center periodically holds public exhibitions, and the Art Hall (free entrance) features contemporary art.
- Gothenburg City Museum(Göteborgs Stadsmuseum), Norra Hamngatan 12. Covers the history of the city and region from prehistoric times to the present, with emphasis on the 19th-century Swedish East India Company, which was once housed in the building.
- Universeum, Södra Vägen 50 (Liseberg). A new museum focusing on the environment with an indoor rainforest, experiment workshop etc.
- Museum of World Culture, Södra Vägen 54 (Liseberg). A cultural counterpart to the science-oriented Universeum, it’s a museum of ethnography and anthropology, with a thoroughly contemporary approach. There are regular special events such as concerts, films, and lectures. Free entrance to some of the museum’s exhibits.
- Maritiman, Packhuskajen 8½. “The world’s biggest floating museum of ships” consists of 19 boats of all sizes. The biggest attraction is the former military destroyerSmåland.
- Maritime Museum(Sjöfartsmuseet), Stigbergstorget, Majorna, explains the maritime history of Gothenburg, West Sweden and of the fishing industry; has models of sailing ships. There is a lookout, in pillar of the “Seamans wife”, just by the museum where you can view the harbour.
- Gothenburg Natural History Museum, Slottsskogen (Linnéplatsen). The oldest museum in Gothenburg includes a stuffed blue whale and is situated in Slottsskogen.
- Volvo Museum, Hisingen. Yes of course, in the home town of Volvo you can view the past and present models of the Swedish car.
- The Röhsska Museum. The national museum of Swedish design and applied art.
- Gothenburg Radio Museum, Anders Carlssons gata 2 (Götaverkens industriområde).
- Kviberg Military Museum,at the former Artillery Regiment at Kviberg shows guns and equipment of the Artillery and the Anti Aircraft Artillery. Opening hours: June to August, Tuesday and Wednesday 12PM-2PM. Rest of the year Tuesday to Thursday 12PM-2PM. First Thursday of every month except January 5PM-7PM.
- KA 4 Museumand the Fort of Oskar II. A museum at the former Coast Artillery Regiment at Käringberget. Irregular opening hours.
- Aeroseum, at Säve Depå, is an aircraft museum in a former military under ground Air Force base. It’s located on the Hisingen bypass (Hisingeleden), at the opposite side of the airstrip to Gothenburg City Airport. Also home of the annual Göteborg Aero Show and other events.
- Gothenburg Cathedral, Västra Hamngatan. Built in 1815.
- Christinae Church(German Church), Norra Hamngatan. Built in 1748.
- Crown House(Kronhuset), Postgatan. Built in 1643-1655, and briefly home of the Swedish Parliament. It currently houses Göteborgs Musik, and the surrounding buildings are now cafes and crafts workshops.
- Oscar Fredrik Church, Värmlandsgatan. The largest and most well decorated church. Built 1893.
Parks and Gardens
- Slottsskogen, tram stop Linnéplatsen, a big English garden close to the botanical gardens and a popular spot for relaxing and picnics. Within the park you’ll find the Museum of Natural History, an observatory, a mini golf course, and a children’s zoo. Slottsskogen is famed for its valley with over 60 different kinds of Azalea that bloom during early summer. During summer, locals gather here on sunny days to have a few beers, play soccer or similar.
There is an array of animals on display. There are seals in a pond (Säldammen), which are fed every day at 14:00. On the other side of the hill, there is a penguin pond with Humboldt Penguins, which are fed at 14:30. Up on the hill in the middle of Slottskogen, there are Moose, Fallow deer, and Red deer. On the hill there’s also Barnens Zoo (the kids zoo) which hosts a few different kids of goats, pigs and birds. There is also the possibility of riding a pony for 20 SEK. Opening hours are 10:00-16:30 between April 18th and September 8th. Entrance is free. Great for children.
- Botaniska Trädgården(Botanical Gardens), Carl Skottbergs gata 22, ☎ +46 31 741 11 00. 9AM-sundown. Built in 1923, Botaniska Trädgården has an area of 175 hectares and, in 2003, was elected the most beautiful garden in Sweden. It contains a rock garden, arboretum and green houses, along with a restaurant and café. Don’t miss the rare Easter Island tree. Free entrance, except for the greenhouse.
- Trädgårdsföreningen. A picturesque garden in the city centre with a very nice collection of roses awarded with three stars in the Guide Michelin. No entrance fee during off season, otherwise 20 SEK.
- Gothenburg is the starting point of the itinerary ‘Sixteen days in Götaland and Svealand’.
- Liseberg. The biggest amusement park in all of Scandinavia, with lots of different rides for all ages. Be sure to try Balder, the new wooden roller-coaster. Liseberg is the number one attraction, by number of visitors, in Sweden. Often they also have concerts that cost you only the entrance to the park.
- TheSwedish Ship Götheborg. A reconstruction of an mid-18th century ship of the Swedish East India Company (Svenska Ostindiska Companiet (SOIC)). During summer the ship is open for visits at Stenpiren close to the city center.
- ThePaddan tourist boats run in the city canals and in the harbour.
- In summer, you can gocanoeing in or walking around the lake Delsjön. Only 6 km from city center, it can be a good way to experience nature.
- Lisebergslinjenis a vintage tram line that runs during summer from the central station to Liseberg. Prices: Adults 20 SEK, Children 10 SEK, Small children Free.
- Börjessons. Does tourist boat tours in the archipelago every day in the summer and is very popular.
- Southern Archipelago. For a low price one can visit the islands in the southern archipelago with regular passenger boats. These islands are car free and very picturesque. The boats go from the tram stop “Saltholmen”. Note that it is difficult to park there. Tram tickets are valid on the boat too.
- Charter a Sailing Yachtcom or yachtbooker.com give you independent information on how to find a yacht charter in Gothenburg.
- Göteborg Opera House, at the Packhuskajen quay in central Göteborg. One of the world’s most modern opera houses.
- The square at the top of Avenyn (Götaplatsen) is the location of the magnificentGothenburg Concert Hall and the city’s drama theatre.
- Guldhedstornet. May till October. At 130 meters above sea-level this is the highest point and the highest café in Gothenburg. Sitting inside with a panorama view, or outside on the balcony, you get a view of the downtown, the old and new harbors, the Göta Älv River, the sea (Kattegat), the archipelago, the suburbs and the hilly, forested areas surrounding the city.
- Gothenburg City Card. Buy a Gothenburg City Card for 315 SEK @24 hours or 425 SEK @48 hours which includes free pass on – Travel on public transport, Ringlinien vintage train, parking in borough spaces, admission to liseberg, universeum, free travel with paddan boat, boat trip to New Alvsborg Fortress, Guided tour by bus, Museum of World Cultures, Gothenburg Natural History Museum, Gothenburg City Museum, Gothenburg Art Museum, Rohsska Museum, Maritime Museum Aquarium, Medical History Museum, The sports Museum, Maritiman, Casino Cosmopol, Gothenburgs utkiken, Guided tour of Gunnebo House, The GArden Society of Gothenburg, Greenhouses in the Botanical Garden, Roda Sten, Stinsen Sightseeing, Aeroseum, Volvo Museum, Molndals Museum.