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Basic information

  • Area: 450 km² (173.7 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +46
  • Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
  • Population (EST): 507,330
  • Official language: Swedish
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Gothenburg – Places to Visit

Skansen Kronan

Skansen KronanBuilt as a fort in the late 17th century to protect Gothenburg from the threat of a Dutch attack, Skansen Kronan is now one of Gothenburg’s most beautiful buildings. It located in the Haga district of Gothenburg although when first built it was outside the city walls. It is steeped in history and is used as a symbol of Gothenburg. Open to the public on Friday afternoons it is now used for events.

Haga District

Located in the centre of Gothenburg, Haga district transports you back in time to 19th Century Sweden. The oldest of Gothenburg’s 21 districts, this is where the city originated in the 1600’s. Once a district known for its bad reputation and working class residents it now attracts tourists and locals with its picturesque wooden houses and vibrant café culture. It is also known for its shopping.


KopparmärraAt the centre of Kungsportsplatsen, a square in the centre of the city stands the Kopparmärra statue. A towering bronze sculpture of King Karl IX sitting on a grand stallion commemorates the founding of the city and was inaugurated in 1904 by King Oscar II. Originally located on Ostra Hamngatan, the statue was moved in the 1930’s because it obstructed the running of the trams. An inscription on the foot of the statue is from King Karl IX’s commemorative notes to his court chaplain.

Liseburg Amusement Park

Liseburg Amusement Park Open from May to October, the 35 rides at Scandinavia’s biggest amusement park are sure to offer something for people of all ages. As well as the obligatory rides a large part of the park is devoted to gardening and culture. Liseburg is known as one of the “world’s greenest amusement parks” and there are annual garden days showcasing the best of the parks greenery and flowers. Many visitors make only a day trip to the park but there are various types of accommodation on offer for those wanting a longer stay. To supplement the accommodation, dining facilities are available from those offering snacks to formal dining.

Götaplatsen Cultural Centre

Götaplatsen Cultural CentreCentrally located at the end of Kungsportsavenyn Gothenburg city’s main street, Götaplatsen is a public square constructed in 1923 for that year’s World Fair. The Fair coincided with the city’s 300th anniversary and the square is surrounded by three of the city’s most important cultural centres; the Concert Hall, regarded as one of worlds best halls acoustically; the Göteborg Museum of Art, famed for its collection of Nordic art; and the City Theatre, whose aim it is to provide high quality theatre to the people of Gothenburg.

Poseidon Statue

Poseidon StatueThe statue of Poseidon that sits in Götaplatsen is an often used symbol of the city of Gothenburg. Sculpted by the famous Swedish artist Carl Milles in 1931 Poseidon is a symbol of the sea, appropriate to Gothenburg’s coastal location. The 22 foot high work of art stands tall all year round and is lit up at night, along with the other figures that appear in the water fountain surrounding him.