| The history
of Gothenburg (Göteborg) is directly tied to the sea.
The basic pattern of the city owes much to the Dutch architects
who designed it, the open streets are laid out at right angles and
there is a network of canals.
The Nordstaden Kronhuset area houses the oldest
building of the city, which was built in 1643 and is now the City
Museum. Close by is Kronhusbodarna, an arts and craft workshop centre
dating from the 18th century. The Botanical Gardens (Botaniska Trädgården)
enclose a rock garden regarded as one of the most impressive in
the world, with about 3,000 species of Alpine plants.
The beautiful Garden of Trädgårdsföreningen exists
in the city centre, with its restored Palm House
built in the style of London’s destroyed Crystal Palace. The
Liseberg Amusement Park is a popular and ideal entertainment for
There are also many museums, 1 of these being the Maritime Museum
(Sjöfartsmuseet) which illustrates Sweden’s maritime
history and the development of its shipbuilding industry.
1 of the best ways of sightseeing in Gothenburg is on 1 of the famous
Paddan boats. These depart from the terminal at
Kungsportsplatsen for an hour long tour under 20 bridges and out
into the busy harbor.
Another well liked boat trip is to the 17th century Nya
Elfsborg Fortress built on an island at the harbor mouth.
There are also sightseeing tours of altering duration by bus with
an English speaking guide.
A cheap way of traveling around Gothenburg is to buy a 24 hour ticket
on the tram network. Gothenburg and Stockholm are both starting
points for the classic 4 day trip through Sweden’s great lakes
and the historic Göta Canal.
The Gothenburg Discount Card offers free admission
to many tourist attractions and can be purchased from the Gothenburg
Telephone: (31) 612 500
Facsimile: (31) 612 501
Website address: www.goteborg.com/en