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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 children.

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 tourist office:

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