Things to do in Gothenburg

Experience world-class sports and festivals in Gothenburg

Gothenburg (Göteborg) is known for its friendly and accommodating atmosphere.

It is considered a global city because of its significant contribution in the global economic scene.

The city hosts many international sporting events, concerts, and conventions throughout the year.


Things to do in Gothenburg

Situated on Sweden’s west coast, Gothenburg is a huge city with modern and futuristic tourist attractions.


Cultural Highlights & Events

Gothenburg offers a wide range of cultural highlights to holiday makers, from opera performances to lively festivals and exciting sporting events.

Some of the most popular events in the city are the Gothenburg Horse Show and the Gothenburg International Film Festival.


Gothenburg Opera

Fascinating opera shows are held in the Gothenburg Opera House, an architectural spectacle that is often regarded as one of the most modern opera houses in the world.


Gothenburg Archipelago

Off the city’s coast is the Gothenburg archipelago, which is also a wonderful holiday destination.

You can easily go from Gothenburg to the archipelago with ferries.

There are a few different lines that will take you to different islands, most of them run from Saltholmen or from Hisingen.


When to go to Gothenburg

Gothenburg has a fairly mild oceanic climate which allows for many activities regardless of the season. Average temperatures in summer are usually around 10-20°C (50-68°F) but can reach up to 30°C (86°F) any time. The city’s winter season is cold and windy, with average temperatures of −5-3°C (23-37°F).

The best time to visit Gothenburg is in summer, when the days are long and the weather is warm and pleasant. However, it is also the high travel season of the city and you should expect crowds during this time of the year.


Gothenburg Horse Show

The annual Gothenburg Horse Show is held in spring and features many equestrian-related events.


Gothenburg Film Festival

In the fall, the city hosts the Gothenburg Film Festival, one of the largest film events in Scandinavia.


Göteborgsvarvet - Gothenburg Half Marathon

Every May, the city hosts the Göteborgsvarvet, a half marathon that involves more than 40,000 participants each year. Because of its popularity and the number of participants, the Göteborgsvarvet is often regarded as the world’s biggest half-marathon.


Things to do in Gothenburg

Gothenburg Facts

Population533 260
CurrencySwedish Krona
AirportLandvetter, Sweden (GOT)

Gothenburg average temperatures

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Gothenburg Opera House

Inaugurated in 1991, the Gothenburg Opera is relatively new, surrounded by ports and nice cafés and bars in an area definitely worth a walk. The modern building offers guided tours both in Swedish and English and a restaurant, as well as a wide range of performances that you should check out in case you find one interesting!

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Theme Parks in Gothenburg - Rides, gambling and dance at Liseberg

Liseberg is an amusement park located in Gothenburg, Sweden. The park offers over 30 rides and as if that wasn’t enough, it also has a couple of scenes, an outdoor dance floor, restaurants and two gambling-houses. One of the rides, called Atmosphere, is situated in one of the highest buildings of Gothenburg with a height of about 380 feet (about 480 feet above sea level). Liseberg opens in the end of April every year and stays open until mid October. But the park also has a very appreciated Christmas fair every year that starts in mid November and continues on until Christmas.

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Gothenburg Marathon

The Gothenburg Marathon is an annual marathon event that has been held every year in October since 1972. The course will take you from Slottskogsvallen down south on Dag Hammarskjöldsleden towards the turning point after passing the Gothenburg Golf Club. This part of the race is along the western coastline where you will probably feel the 'wonderful' smell of seaweed but on the bright side you will get a great view of the archipelago. The race is on a flat concrete track, making it a fast run, which is a great opportunity to break your own record if you have run a marathon before. If you have never run a marathon before, there is also the possibility to run a half-marathon, or just be a part of the great crowd of spectators.

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Golf in Gothenburg

There are over 25 golf clubs in close vicinity of Gothenburg. If you plan to chose one club where you want to get to know the ins and outs, Kungsbacka Golf Club is your best bet. It is located 30 kilometers from Gothenburg but is well worth the drive there! The club features three courses, one 18 hole course and two 9 hole courses for a total of 36 different holes for you to master. Beware of the coastal winds though, as they are not known to be kind to golfers here. Some other great clubs in the area include Hills Golf Club, Delsjö Golf Club and Lycke Golf Club. Make sure to call a few days in advance to get a time that suits you!

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Water Parks in Gothenburg - Biggest water park in Scandinavia, Skara Sommarland

About 75 miles (121 km) away from Gothenburg you have the biggest waterpark there is in the Scandinavian countries. It’s called Skara Sommarland (Skara Summerland) and it is combined with an amusement park. Here you can splash around and find adventures for both the smaller children and the older daredevils. Try the Big Drop with a free fall of almost 70 feet (21m), if you dare! If you feel like one day of fun in the park isn’t enough you can stay overnight at the attached camping. And don’t worry if you don’t have a van, there are cottages available for rent as well.

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