Things to see and do in Gothenburg
The list of experiences in Gothenburg is long. Very long. Here we present a few highlights for you to explore when visiting "Götet," as the locals call the city.
Liseberg seasonal opening, classical opera and canal tours
Mark 22 April on your calendar where the amusement park Liseberg opens for the season featuring the new Loke ride – a whooshing and whirling adventure that sends you 42 meters into the air.
A short stroll from Liseberg you find the science centre Universeum . Here no less than 18,000 cubic metres of rainforest let you venture out on rainforest safaris. There is also a huge technical workshop called Teknoteket, a department dedicated to outer space and an aquarium where you can explore more than 100 different exciting fish and other underwater creatures. Learn about the world of sharks or explore the science centre on your own.
Liseberg and Universeum have much to offer, so dedicate a whole day to both attractions for the full experience. It's always good to plan your visit in advance. Plan your visit to Universeum here, and get help to plan your visit to Liseberg here.
When you've had enough of attractions, cotton candy, rainforest safaris, space travel and aquariums then a visit to the Gothenburg Opera may be for you. The revival of 'The Magic Flute', directed by Richard Bergqvist, is slated for 1 April. If you prefer the critically acclaimed 'Electra', you should visit the city at the beginning of the month. The closing performance is scheduled for 9 April.
Find the way and plan your visit to the Gothenburg Opera here.
A great way to experience Gothenburg and to get to know the city is to take a canal cruise with one of the classic Paddan boats.
The canal boats depart from Kungsportsplatsen and take you on a guided and informative voyage through the city's waterways to the harbour and back again. The season starts on 14 April. We'll keep our fingers crossed for sunny weather.
Shopping in Gothenburg
There are many fine shopping opportunities in Gothenburg, including such major shopping centres as Femmanhuset in Nordstan and Nordiska Kompaniet (NK) on Östra Hamngatan.
There is a short walk from NK to Kungstorget where you find the city's grand food hall, Stora Saluhallen. Leading from here are three large parallel shopping streets: Kungsgatan, Vallgatan and Södra Larmgatan.
If you are looking for vintage, antique and second-hand stores, then Gothenburg is the perfect city. Here you'll find such well-assorted boutiques as Bebop Antik and Antikhallarna – great places for antique treasure hunting.
Those looking for unique vintage clothes should head to Beyond Retro. Here you will find a large selection of accessories from the US and Canada dating from around 1900 until the early 1990s. You can find more tips for interesting second-hand, vintage and antique shops here.
Other good shopping opportunities in Gothenburg are to be found among the charming cafés of the Haga district, along the trendy Magasinsgatan and the fashionable Avenue high street. And if none of these locations meet your shopping dreams there are more Gothenburg shopping tips to be found here.
Restaurants in Gothenburg
Dining out is always a pleasure, especially when visiting Gothenburg. With the salty sea breeze and with the islets and skerries of the archipelago being a natural part of the cityscape, it's not surprising that you find some of Sweden's best seafood restaurants in Gothenburg.
So, take the opportunity to enjoy fresh fish, lobster, shrimps, oysters and other delicacies from the sea when you visit the city. If you crave seafood while staying at one of our hotels in Gothenburg, we recommend a visit to one of these fine restaurants: Fiskekrogen, Långedrags Värdshus, Restaurang Gabriel or Sjömagasinet.
If you are looking for a meat and seafood-free diet then Gothenburg's official visitor's guide lists six vegan restaurants.
Those staying at one of our hotels in Gothenburg can also enjoy dinner at the Bistro located at First Hotel Kviberg Park or restaurant G Food & Wine at First Hotel G.
Take the opportunity while visiting Gothenburg to stay at one of our two hotels in the city. First Hotel Kviberg Park is located just a short tram ride from the centre close to the multi-sports facility Prioritet Serneke Arena, which can even boast having it's own Skidome – perfect for ski buffs year-round.
First Hotel G is ideally situated by Gothenburg Central Station with views to the rail tracks and within a short distance from the city's shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
So venture on a trip to Gothenburg and enjoy the season's many openings as well as the city's shopping opportunities and many other exciting experiences.
And if you can't make it to Gothenburg this season, we are sure the city will have much to offer any time of year you visit.