Explore Gothenburg, Sweden: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful City

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor October 2nd, 2016 Posted in Europe, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 4 Comments

When planning a Europe tour, most of us would only stick to popular cities. However, if you want more of an Eat, Pray, Love trip to Europe, you should consider visiting the Scandinavian region. These areas are perfect for those who want to take pleasure with city life but still enjoy the incredible beauty of nature. Honestly, incredible is an understatement! Earlier this year, I was able to visit Sweden. The country has the tag line “Visit Sweden”.  Most of the time, I would hear others say “It’s so cold there. You won’t be able to do anything!”  Luckily, I went there during springtime so it’s not as cold as it usually is but still cold for a girl from the tropics. Despite the cold weather, there are a lot of things you can do, sites to visit and things to enjoy. Here’s a little fun fact: Even though Sweden is overshadowed by many other European countries, it is definitely a powerhouse in many areas. It is the home of Volvo, Ikea and your favorite, Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) and popular stars such as Alicia Vikander and Alexander Skarsgård (new Tarzan).  The iconic Abba and Avicci are also Swedes. I think it’s extremely important to know a thing or two about the place where you are headed and I like digging fun facts. When visiting Sweden, you will not be able to correctly read some of the names of the people places. You will sound ridiculous when you try to pronounce it but I guess you are forgiven if you are a first-timer! I visited my sister and her family in Gothenburg, the second-largest city in Sweden. Although it is sometimes left in the shade by Stockholm (Sweden’s capital), this place is remarkable on its own.

 

Related Article:

Monkey Dividers1. Gothenburg Botanical Garden (Göteborgs botaniska trädgård)

Explore Gothenburg: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful CityThis is one of Europe’s largest gardens with a land area of more than 17 hectares. It is the home of at least 16,000 species in its different areas and it features an award winning rock garden. Trust me; you will get enough exercise by walking around but you will never run out of a pretty view. The photo below doesn’t even give justice to its beauty! While walking, I would put on the song “Your Love” just to get a little dramatic moment under the sun with blooming flowers around me.  Entrance is free. If you would like to donate any amount to the maintenance of the garden, you are free to do so.

Monkey Dividers

2. Liseberg Amusement Park

Explore Gothenburg: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful CityThis is one of the most visited amusement parks in Scandinavia and Europe. It features a lot of rides for all ages. Among the popular ones are AtmosFear which is the tallest free fall attraction in Europe. Try to find a video of it on Youtube to really appreciate the ride. Helix, the new generation of roller coaster is said to be one of the best roller coasters in the world. A lot of people line-up to try it. It all sounds super fun but the scaredy cat in me just chickened out! It was also a factor that my sister was more scared than I am and was not up for this. A part of me regrets for not trying these extreme rides but as they say, better luck next time! If you happen to be there during spring or summer then you should definitely experience this.

Monkey Dividers

3. Gothia Towers

Explore Gothenburg: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful CityThis is Europe’s largest fully integrated venue which means it can be a hotel (Upper house) and exhibition and congress center. It also houses a restaurant, bar, pool and spa. These towers are popular landmarks in the area since it among the most up to date structures in Gothenburg. Two of the must do things here are to try the famous Shrimp Sandwich in its restaurant, Heaven 23 and the Upper House Spa. From the tower, you will get a painting like view which is unbelievably breathtaking. I took this snap from a moving elevator. It looks too pretty – you won’t even believe it’s real!

Monkey Dividers

4. Fish Church (Feskekôrka)

From the words fish church, it simply means a place that looks like a church but in fact it’s a fish market. It is a beautiful local architecture by the river bank. There are tables and chairs outside where you can eat and chill. It was sunny when I was there and Swedes celebrate the presence of the sun. They really go out, sit in the grass and enjoy the heat of the sun. At first, I was really amused about it. Some would go sunbathing. I mean they literally wear swimwear even if there was no pool or beach. It’s a sight you will mostly see as long as there is sun.

Monkey Dividers

5. Haga

Explore Gothenburg: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful CityThis is one of my favorite spots simply because all the good cafes are here. In Sweden, Fika is a big thing! It’s the most important meal of the day. Fika means “to have coffee” paired with pastries or sandwich. As someone who cannot live a day without coffee, this was heaven for me. Every dessert place there seems to call my name! I went to En Deli Haga which is said to be one of the best cafes that serves organic food. There are also many designer boutiques, vintage and themed shops and just a lovely place to walk around.

Monkey Dividers6. Slottsskogen

Explore Gothenburg: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful CityDon’t forget the zoo! If you hadn’t had enough of nature from the Botanical garden, you should head over to Slottsskogen. This is the place for the Nordic animals. We had to take a long walk to see Sweden’s national animal, the Elk. It belongs to one of the largest species of deer in the world but it was a bit shy that day. They have big green fields where people just soak under the sun if the weather is good. They literally worship the sun over there!  As usual, I am amazed by all the walking I had to do.

Monkey Dividers

7. Poseidon Statue

Explore Gothenburg: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful CityPoseidon, the Sea God is one of Gothenburg’s most well-known statues. The area where it is situated is a popular site for major concerts of international artists. When we went there, I was amused to see some Filipinos taking photos and selfies. Indeed, no matter where we go, Filipinos just make it more fun!

Monkey Dividers

8. Barken Viking Hotel and Restaurant

Explore Gothenburg: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful CitySo how cool is this ship turned hotel and restaurant? The hotel attracts many visitors due to its prime location in the heart of the city. Surprisingly, the accommodation and food are affordable. Seriously, it’s just awesome!

Monkey Dividers

9. The Garden Society (Trädgårdsföreningen)

Explore Gothenburg: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful CityThis is a popular destination for those who want to see exotic plants. It’s very family friendly as there are many play areas for the kids. These kids with blue eyes and blonde hair make me giddy (gigil!). If the sun shines brightly, people just sit outside the cafes and enjoy beer. Take note, this is one of the most beautifully preserved 19th century parks in Europe.

Monkey Dividers

10. Masthugg Church (Masthuggskyrkan)

Explore Gothenburg: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful CityThis is the church on the top of the hill. Like many European cities, Gothenburg has numerous picturesque, castle like and totally instagrammable churches. From there you can see the city and get a glimpse of the Sailor Tower where a woman stands and looks out to the direction of another island. She is said to be waiting for the return of the love of her life who is a sailor. She has become a symbol of women waiting for their lovers. How dramatic is that? I bet many women can relate to her.

Explore Gothenburg: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful CityThere are still many other beautiful spots that didn’t make it to this list and it will probably take me another 2000 words or more to add it all! Other popular destinations would be the Volvo Museum, Southern Archipelago, Museum of Art, Universeum, etc…You can also shop like crazy at H&M because it has crazy cheap deals, satisfy your cravings for meatballs at Ikea and so much more. As mentioned, this city place offers the perfect fusion of laid back lifestyle with vigorous vibe! Are you all set to see Gothenburg? Oh and last but not the least, don’t forget to drop by the Expresso house. They have one in the Central station and I tell you, this Blueberry pie is the best I have ever had in my life!

Monkey Dividers

About the Writer

Explore Gothenburg: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful CityShaira is a writer by passion, a nurse by profession and a manager by occupation. When she is not busy hustling, she enjoys the beach, visiting cafes, reading books, writing her heart out , dancing and traveling. She loves history and enjoys learning about culture because she believes that this will make you understand people better. She is currently learning how to cook her favorite dishes, play the piano and speak a foreign language. You can get a glimpse of her colorful world at her Instagram account  and read some of her random thoughts on her blog.

Monkey Dividers

Are you on Pinterest? Pin these!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

4 thoughts on “Explore Gothenburg, Sweden: 10 Must Visit Places in This Underrated But Beautiful City

  1. Hello, and greetings from Sweden!

    First of all, I am glad you liked your trip to Gothenburg! The city is a real gem and the people living there are the friendliest in Sweden and they speak the most attractive of all Swedish dialects according to many people in Sweden, which has been confirmed in recent surveys.

    There are some things about Gothenburg that I do miss in your article. Gothenburg is right by the sea (well actually Göta älv/river, but it is directly connected to the sea). This is the soul of the city. The sea is what makes Gothenburg special. Some pictures of the sea, the harbour, some fishermen, houses along the coast, seafood etc. would be good to show Gothenburg as it is.

    Anyway, that’s my opinion.

    Cheers,

    Samuel

    1. Hi Samuel!

      Thank you for reading and I really appreciate the feedback.

      My stay in Gothenburg was cut short so I didn’t get to enjoy much of what you have mentioned. I was more particular that I didn’t miss all the FIKA. Lol! I’ll be back soon so this article will definitely be updated.

COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER:Many of the articles on Two Monkeys Travel Group are guest posts by a number of Approved Contributors and are hosted by Two Monkeys Travel Group. Approved Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. This includes all text and images that they use within their own work. All contributors are instructed to follow internationally recognised copyright and intellectual property guidelines. Two Monkeys Travel Group takes its own responsibilities very seriously, so if you feel that any part of this work is abusive in any way, please send us an email so that we can investigate - theteam@twomonkeystravel.com


DISCLOSURE: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links. So when you make a purchase we sometimes make a small commission, at no extra cost to you. The cost to you remains the same, sometimes even cheaper if we have negotiated a special deal for our readers.We use all of the companies we have listed here and that’s why they are in this list, but of course we need to keep Two Monkeys Travel Group running as well as it can, which is exactly what you’re helping with if you do decide to buy or book something through an affiliate link! If you have any more questions about the companies we use or any other companies you’re looking at, just email us and we’ll be happy to help.Please see our full disclaimer page for more information.

Written by Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor

Two Monkeys Travel Group – Community Travel Blog is a travel blog and website. We quickly grew into a valuable source of inspiring travel stories, advice, itineraries and travel guides, with the aim of demonstrating how to live a sustainable life of travel, whilst living your own definition of success. If you'd like to contribute and write a guest post, contact us at kach@twomonkeystravel.com

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive tips on how you can live a sustainable long-term travel lifestyle!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Send this to a friend