With around 540,000 residents, Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden (Stockholm being the largest). Home to many festivals and celebrations including the Gothenburg Culture Festival, the International Science Festival and the Göteburg International Film Festival, Gothenburg is a huge cultural hub. It also features many free theatre ensembles, music festivals and sporting teams.
Founded in the 17th century, there are very few houses left from the original town as all of the regular buildings (the exception being the military and royal houses) were made of wood. The modern version of the city is impressive though, after an extensive revitalisation following the crash of the ship-building industry in the 1970s.
Gothenburg offers visitors a friendly, welcoming feel, with around 90% of the population speaking English. Tourists in the city can enjoy the abundance of public parks, bars, cafés, restaurants and attractions.
The Port of Gothenburg is located near the mouth of the Göta älv, a river that runs through Gothenburg. It is the largest port in Scandinavia, and has two terminals available for cruise ships: one is at the very central Free Harbour and the other, for the larger vessels, is located near the Volvo Museum at Arendal.
The Port of Gothenburg is a multi-purpose port, servicing all vessels including Roll-on/Roll-off, oil tankers and large container ships as well as cruise vessels.
Both cruise terminals offer a range of facilities to make arrival for visitors comfortable.
- Tourist information centre
- Local guides
- Souvenir shop.
A shuttle bus from Arendal terminal to the city centre is usually provided.
How To Get Around
Gothenburg is a beautiful city, and its pleasant weather means walking is always on the cards for exploring the streets. There is also an extensive tram network and a hop on/hop off tourist train.
If your itinerary involves lots of travel on public transport, consider pre-purchasing a Gothenburg City Card, which is available from 255 Kronor and can be bought for 24 hour, 48 hour or 72 hour periods. The card also includes entry to many popular attractions and has shopping discounts, making it well worth the money.
Travel times from the terminal at Free Harbour:
- It is a 20 minute walk to the city.
- It is a 10 minute journey to Liseberg Park
- It is a 15 minute journey to Botaniska trädgården
- It is a 20 minute journey to the Southrn Göteburg Archipelago.
- It is a 25 minute journey to Liseberg Park taking the 2, 4 or 5 tram or the 52 bus
- It is a 25 minute tram journey to the Southern Göteburg Archipelago using the 11 tram
- It is a 35 minute journey to Botaniska trädgården taking the 25 or the 52 bus.
Travel times from Arendal:
- It is a 15 minute journey to the ferry terminal to visit the Southern Göteburg Archipelago
- It is a 20 minute journey to Botaniska trädgården
- It is a 25 minute journey to Liseberg Park.
- It is a 20 minute journey to the city centre.
- Currency - The currency in Stockholm is the krona (plural “kronor”) and 1 krona is equal to 100 öre. The öre coins are no longer in use, but some items are still priced in öre, with payment being rounded to the nearest krona. Bank notes are available in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 kronor and coins of 1, 5 and 10 kronor.
- Time Zone - Gothenburg runs in the Central European Time Zone (CET), which is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight savings time is in effect between March and October, putting the city two hours ahead of UTC.
- Weather - Gothenburg enjoys an oceanic climate, meaning it experiences mild temperatures throughout the year. Summers and warm and pleasant, reaching an average of 20 degrees Celsius and winters are cold and windy, with temperatures averaging 3 degrees Celsius.
- Liseberg Park - Liseberg Park is a large amusement park close to the centre of Gothenburg, offering 42 rides during the summer. With a variety of entertainment and dining choices, you could quite easily spend your entire visit here. Tickets for entry and ride admission are sold separately or you can purchase all-in-one tickets if you are keen on the adrenaline side of theme parks. Check the opening times and dates before planning your trip though, as these vary, particularly during winter.
- Botaniska trädgården - The Gothenburg Botanical Garden is quite large, taking up about 430 acres. Most of it is a designated nature reserve, as well as 40 acres of gardens with 16, 000 plants. The gardens are split into themed areas including the very popular Rock Garden, the Japanese Glade and the Kitchen Garden.
- Southern Göteburg Archipelago - The southern part of the archipelago off Gothenburg features 6 larger islands that are all completely car free – this includes mopeds – making them perfect to explore on foot or by bike. With activities like seal safaris, spear fishing, swimming, small museums, farming and fishing villages and live music, they have everything you could want from an island getaway, with the bonus of being a quick tram and ferry ride away from the city.