The most interesting places to visit in the port city of Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg City in Sweden in 1 day. Attractions

A 1-day trip to the city of Göteborg in Sweden. The most interesting places and attractions, as well as briefly about finding accommodation and urban transport.

It was the second city I saw in Sweden after Malmo. So it was a coincidence that it is also the second largest city in the country. I already have the 2nd and 3rd largest cities in Sweden under my belt, and still haven’t conquered the capital.

Going to the city of Gothenburg for 1 day seemed small to me, but the prices just didn’t allow me to stick around for long. That was a small digression, and now preparatory information for visiting the city, which will help you, like me, to save on your expenses in Sweden.

How to get to Gothenburg

    : Flixbus budget buses for 3-4€ or express shuttles for 59-95 SEK (6-10€). Cabs cost 90€.
  1. Malmö and Copenhagen: I will combine the two cities in one guide, because almost all buses to Gothenburg start in Copenhagen and stop in Malmö. The cheapest tickets on the Flixbus start at €20.

Gothenburg apartments and hotels

  1. Staying in apartments: I had 1 day to go to the city, but had to stay 2 nights. My choice on this trip was to rent private accommodation on Airbnb. For more details on rented accommodation is described in the article Where to Rent an Apartment.
  2. Hotels: If you want to stay in hotels, I suggest using the website RoomGuru. Here you can easily find the best deal among dozens of hotels. Add to this coupons and CashBack, which will save another 10-20%.

Public transportation in Gothenburg

A single ticket for public transport costs 28 SEK (2.9 €). If you want to actively travel around the city, you should buy a one-day pass for 85 SEK (8,7€) or a 72-hour pass for 170 SEK (17,5€). For route planning it is convenient to use the official website of the city transport.

The Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing bus can replace public transport and will take you to all the places described in the story.

The sights of Gothenburg

We’ll start our walk around the city from the central station and everything that’s around it, although it won’t be the best route, because the places of interest are scattered around the city and you’ll have to walk around in circles.

The first thing you will see when you come into town is the central station. There are many exits and the one on the photo is the central one.

Gothenburg Central Station

It looks like this part of the station is historic, but what I liked about it was not so much the station as the sculpture of the girl that was found there. Either she’s crying because she’s lost or she’s playing hide and seek. The plaque explained everything, but it was in Swedish.

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A girl at Gothenburg railway station

Lilla Bommen area

From the train station you can go straight to the sea to have a look at the former sailing ship Barken Viking which was turned into a hotel and will never put out to sea again because the bridge built over the Strait will not let it with such high masts.

Barken Viking

Next to the sailboat is a high-rise building, which locals nicknamed “Lipstick”, and officially it is called like the whole area Lilla Bommen. As it turns out, there is an observation deck at the very top, entrance to which is free with the Göteborg City Card. How much it costs to enter the observation deck without it was impossible to find information.

Lilla Bommen

In addition to these two sights, you can walk around the pier itself, although it is very difficult to pass by it if you are heading here from the station. The best place to buy magnets is here, as they are rarely sold elsewhere in the city.

Lilla Bommen harbour in Gothenburg

Lilla Bommen district

Opposite the marina is the Gothenburg Opera. The building is fresh, but is present on many tourist maps as a Landmark.

Gothenburg Opera House

Just behind the Opera are the School of Navigation and the Maritiman Maritime Museum. Entrance to the museum is not cheap 125 SEK, but since part of it is outdoors, you can see some things for free.

Maritime Museum Maritiman

And opposite the museum as it was already said the building of the Navigation School. Located very effectively on a small hill.

Navigation School Gothenburg

And what a city can do without the City Museum. It is a couple of streets away from the Navigation School. If you are not going to the museum itself, you can go there at least for the beautiful promenade along the canal on which the museum is located. In fact, this place just can not be passed by.

City Museum Stadsmuseum and Christina Church

On the picture at once is the Stadsmuseum and the Church of Christina. The museum is on the left and the church is the building with the tall bell tower. Immediately behind them will be the central Gustav Adolf Square and of course the monument to him in the center.

Monument to Gustav Adolf

Fans of historic streets will be disappointed, as there are almost none. But who wants to see at least a small semblance of them is worth to go to the monument, there are only 2 or 3 and they are almost empty. The picture came out gloomy, somehow unnaturally looks this cafe with people on the next photo.

Historic Streets of Gothenburg

The island neighborhood of Inom Vallgraven

Crossing any of the bridges along the promenade you get to the Inom Vallgraven district, which is also an island. In the center of the island built the Cathedral of Gothenburg. There is no photo of the cathedral from the front, so we’ll have to look at the back of it.

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Gothenburg Cathedral

Distracted from the picture of the central entrance to the cathedral probably this sculpture of a man-fish. Perhaps this composition is one of the local legends.

Fish man Gothenburg

To continue the fish theme you can get to the fish market Feskekorka. In front of the entrance to the market there is a small composition about how trade used to go here.

Feskekorka Fish Market

Entrance to Feskekorka Fish Market

I would recommend to visit this place not now, but a little later, to avoid circling around Gothenburg, because this market is a little distant. Better to go from the Cathedral in the other direction in search of the street Kungsparken.

And while we went to the street Kungsparken on the way there was a small square Kopparmärra where the monument to Charles IX is placed.

Kopparmärra Square

Street Kungsparken

After this square you have to cross the bridge again and leave Inom Vallgraven and go straight to Kungsparken street. This is the central avenue of Gothenburg, something like Lenin Street in our cities.

All the most interesting things are at the end and at the beginning of the street. Just behind the bridge on one side will be the Grande Teatro building, and opposite it is a park.

Grande Teatro Gothenburg

I dedicated a separate story to the Park of the Gardener’s Society, a park with an unusual capitalist name. In the park you can not only take a walk, but also visit small temporary exhibitions and a botanical garden for free.

Gardener Society Park

Botanical Gardens. Gothenburg

Exhibition of nature photography. Gothenburg

Palm House. Gothenburg

You have to walk to the end of the street, it is the busiest street in town, where you finally get the feeling that we are not the only tourists here.

Somewhere in the middle of the street is a sculpture, copies of which can be seen around the world, as it has become almost a symbol of “No to Violence”, the first one was installed in Malmö, where I came from and came to Gothenburg, but unfortunately I could not find it there.

The Knotted Gun - Gothenburg

When you walk to the end of the street you will find yourself in the cultural center of Gothenburg, as there are many cultural sites, the main one is at the head of the street is the Art Museum.


Göteborgs Konserthus concert hall

Gothenburg Kunstmuseum

Gothenburg Museums - Konsthall Exhibition Centre

For those who want to see a piece of culture for free, I advise to visit the nearby Konsthall Exhibition Center, as I did. Apart from the cultural part they put a Poseidon fountain in the middle of Götaplatsen, and a hardly noticeable monument to a local entrepreneur Victor Hasselblad, famous for his photo cameras.

Monument to Victor Hasselblad


Those who come here with children will do well to visit the leisure center Liseberg, located 10 minutes walk from the Kunsthistorisches Museum. It is a one-stop entertainment center, where you can get stuck with kids for a whole day, because the Science Museum Universeum, which is also meant for kids, is located nearby.

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Liseberg Entertainment Centre

From there it’s a long walk to the most remote sights in Gothenburg, the Skansen Kronan Fortress and the Masthugget Church. On the way to these places you can also see Vasakyrkan Church and Hagakyrkan Church.

Vasakyrkan Church

Hagakyrkan Church

Skansen Kronan Fortress

The word fortress may be too much for such a small structure, but maybe because of the fact that is located on a rocky hill, it really was impregnable. Climbing up here on foot was not easy.

Skansen Kronan Fortress

But to take this height is not worth it for the sake of the fortress, but for the views of the rooftops of Gothenburg. You can consider it a free viewing platform. By the way, from the platform very well see the Church of Oscar Frederick.

Oscar Frederick Church

Masthugget Church

If you look closely at the last photo, behind Oscar Frederick Church you can see the last point of our hike and the last attraction is Masthugget Church. So as we descend the mountain we keep our bearings on the spires of these two churches.

I must say at once that as soon as you go down the mountain, the landmark will disappear and you will have to go either by navigator or by intuition, as to the last church there is no straight path and you will have to bypass the whole blocks.

Masthugget Church

And at the very end of the panorama that opens from this conquered height, that’s where the sights of Gothenburg end for me.

Gothenburg Panorama

The cost of a trip to Gothenburg

The calculation is for 1 day and 2 nights, which is enough to see the city of Gothenburg and its sights.

    – 10,9€
  1. Apartment for 2 nights (room) – 897SEK or 91€ (45,5€ per person)
  2. City transportation pass – 85SEK or 8,7 € – 10 € on special offer – 2 €

Total for the trip was 77€, not including groceries at the supermarket.

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Gothenburg. The Other Sweden…

Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, a cultural capital, a port, which opened a short road to overseas goods and overseas beauties, sandwiched between Oslo in Norway and Copenhagen in Denmark, a kind of Swedish St. Petersburg. And if Stockholm is a place of pilgrimage for all tourists, Goteborg is just a starting point for those who are going to see another Sweden and make their way to the deserted and very picturesque archipelago, where so much nature and so few people.

Gothenburg is similar and not unlike Stockholm. Here, too, there are many bridges, spires and towers stretching to the sky, canals winding around the islands, and everywhere everywhere are slender and tall blond Swedes, but after a closer look, you realize that everything is different here: the weather, sky, smells, wind, houses, sidewalk, sea. Another Sweden, other shores, other everything…

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One day in Gothenburg is a lot and a little. A lot – because the list of things I wanted to see was not too long. Little – because one day is always a little short, and if you come back, no one knows in advance.

Our route was not too difficult, allowed walking without any hurry, but there was a small problem connected with large-scale repairing works in Haga district, so, just in case, there was a reserve variant, if it was necessary to change plans on the move.

I won’t deceive you, Gothenburg is not a city you fall in love with at first sight. And the second will not change the situation much. There is not the usual tourist antiquity: quite modern buildings on straight and clean streets, on which rushes numerous streetcars, from those that boldly claim to be “retro” to those that are more modern than the most modern.

Some peculiar rhythm of life, which can hardly be called businesslike or fast-paced, makes you also slow down, and the seductive aromas of coffee and cinnamon remind you of fika, pause for coffee and canelbulla, cinnamon bun. You can’t learn the science of fika in one day, but watching the Swedes themselves act sacred over a cup of coffee, you give yourself the promise to learn how to pause and enjoy it.

And experiencing at first surprise and rejection, then interest and amazement, suddenly you catch yourself thinking that the city is not so bad as it seemed at first. And the green grass of endless parks, and ancient trees admiring their reflections in the dark water of canals, and unhurriedly flying leaves playing catch-up with the wind, and imposing gulls gracefully perching on the heads of greened monuments, suddenly you start to like it, leaving in your soul if not love, then at least affection to the place where you could spend an interesting day and discover so much new…

The history of Gothenburg is much more interesting than today’s calm and measured day. And even if the days of the wild, rough and heroic are long gone, the past is still something to be proud of here.

Few cities can boast being founded twice, and almost in the same place. The first Gothenburg was founded by King Charles the Ninth Vasa (17th century), in the Kattegat strait, seeking Sweden’s access to the North Sea. Gothenburg was squeezed between Norway and Denmark, the Danes were at constant war with the Swedes at the time, and a fortress in a strategically important place was needed like air. Denmark could not tolerate such self-law of the Swedes and burned the new fortress to the ground six years after its construction, proving who was stronger and more important here.

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Carl’s heir, the young king Gustav II Adolf, moved the city to a better defensive and offensive location on the banks of the Geta Elwha river, and built a new Goteborg, first freeing the citizens from taxes and giving them the right to free trade. The Danes were a little angry, but after getting to know better who was now ruling Sweden, they decided to bury the hatchet and quit their claims for a long time, almost forever.

The grateful Swedes erected monuments to both the founders of Gothenburg, Charles the Ninth and Gustavus Adolphus. But as I noticed, they liked Gustav Adolf much better for his wisdom, desperate courage, kindness, and struggle for peace. Gustavus Adolphus did much good for Gothenburg, and died, as a fearless Viking should, in battle, leading his cavalry in an attack. The “Snow King” was the name given to him by Ferdinand II after the thirty years of unsuccessful war which stopped the Habsburgs from establishing themselves in Scandinavia. Isn’t a king like that a hero?

The introduction to Gothenburg we began at Gustav Adolf Square, located in the old town, after getting off the shuttle at the monument to the “Snow King”, dashing and courageous, even as a monument which has turned green with age…

In earlier times the square was a noisy and bustling place for artisans to sell their wares. Today everything here is laconic Scandinavian and discreet Swedish: the City Hall does not give away its status, and you can not pay attention to the Stock Exchange (now the municipality), it is so ordinary. From this square starts tourist train with wagons, promising to take everyone to all attractions of the city. We were not able to find out the route, time and price, but we have never seen this train empty, although it was often found on the streets…

The narrow streets leading from the square to the left will bring us to the oldest building in Gothenburg, which survived since the 17th century. But first we turned to the German Church (Christina Church), which lured us with its open door and cozy courtyard, buried in greenery. The kirche was consecrated in honor of Gustav Adolf’s daughter, Queen Christina, in the 18th century. The interior is quite restrained, but not without elegance, nothing distracts from the main thing, and the bright sun streaming through the colorful stained glass fills the kirch with homeliness. Services are conducted in German, admission is free, and no one shushed us reproachfully for our cameras – I’d say I liked the church.

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