The Ultimate '48 Hours in Gothenburg' City Guide - BRB Travel

BRB's Travel Expert Roxana shares how to spend 48 hours in Gothenburg.

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After our Travel Expert Ellis spending 48 hours in Lyon and bringing you some amazing travel recommendations, our Travel Expert Roxana takes you on a journey to Gothenburg, also known as Göteborg.

Stockholm who? Gothenburg, show us what you got!

Situated on a lovely river, filled with neoclassical architecture, hot dogs and lush greenery we all love to see. It’s hard to believe there is so much to do in one city.

Coming to life in the 17th century, Gothenburg is a major city in Sweden that was built in one go. Literally. Now with such organization to its name, you could only imagine how neat and in order the streets are, and all for your convenience. Alongside this bonus point, the city is home to one of the largest ports in Sweden and is an important fishing hub. You’ll find a sea lovers mecca with aquariums, museums related to the sea, ships and thankfully, the freshest fish you can find. As for off the sea, you’ll find yourself lost in the fascinating mix of history, creativity and staggering amounts of nature. Throw in the majestic archipelagos, and we have ourselves quite an adventure to dive in to.

As per usual, BeRightBack is here to give you the breakdown of the perfect 48 hours in Gothenburg. Providing you with an ideal itinerary for a holiday you’ll never forget. Put on your best walking shoes and let's see what Gothenburg has to offer!

4* Scandic Europa, Gothenburg

After a 2 hour flight from London Heathrow, I land at Göteborg Landvetter Airport (the main airport in Gothenburg). I want to make the most of my time in the city so I jump in a taxi and head straight to the 4* Scandic Europa to drop off my bag.

Scandic Europa is within walking distance of the vibrant shopping hub in Nordstan, as well as the quieter cobbled streets with cafés and exclusive shops. Outside the hotel you can take tram 5 straight to Gothenburg's most entertaining district with Liseberg amusement park, Universum science centre and Museum of World Culture all on the same street.

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If you enjoy a morning workout and you decided to try out all the delicious food in Gothenburg, not to worry! Visit the hotel's private gym for a good start of a long day for exploring.

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With an average rating of 4/5, I'm sure it's going to be a great stay!

Day One

Morning

In a city like this, starting your day in nature just sounds like the right thing to do. Begin your journey in Slottsskogen Park, also known as Castle Park. Think 338-acres of beautifully lush area, including a leafy park, mini zoo and the Museum of Natural History, all able to be enjoyed for free. It's a wonderful start to the morning, especially with the chance to see seals, penguins, deer, moose or elk in their zoo.

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Walk around and enjoy the surroundings, breathe in the fresh air and check out the Museum where you can find the only stuffed blue whale in the world along with the rest of its incredible collection of lifelike stuffed animals.

Conveniently, across the road, you’ll find the Jardim Botânico, a beautiful 1916 botanical garden known to be one of Europe’s largest. This 432-acre area winds its paths through cultivated gardens, the largest orchid collection in the country, their arboretum of trees including the rare and extinct Easter Island tree and Sophora Toromiro tree, its greenhouses filled with 4,000 plants and three-star Michelin Guide stone garden divided into regions. While you may have to go into speed walking mode to see as much as you can, it is definitely worth it to witness for yourself.

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If all that walking wasn’t enough, head to the Skansen Kronan. This fortress was completed in 1697 and had some of the best views in the city. In other words, it may be a bit of a climb to get there. The unique building has been operated as a prison, then transformed into a residence during the 19th century and finished up as a military museum in the 27th century.

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Now, you can walk up for a stunning view, but not in, catch your bearings and enjoy a quick snack or coffee before heading to your next spot, also known as a Fika.

Afternoon

Now, with most of the walking out of the way, we can start to think about lunch. You are now situated in the southwest of the city in an area called Haga, a historic district and one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Gothenburg. You’ll discover what was once a bad reputable slum is now a charming neighbourhood. Haga is cobblestone streets, preserved wooden houses and an array of boutiques and cafes to indulge in. While it was declared to be torn down in the 1970s, locals gathered to preserve its history and thank goodness because it is a stop you can't miss.

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Best of all, while you find yourself wrapped up in the hippest neighbourhood around, you’ll also find the biggest cinnamon bun at Café Husaren. Yes, you could tantalize your taste buds with their hot chocolate or homemade cakes. But after all that walking, what could possibly be one of the biggest cinnamon buns in the world, should be devoured.

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Evening

With a lot of our walking out of the way, it was time to rest our feet and enjoy the Padden Tour. A not so fancy sightseeing barge that rides along Gothenburg’s harbour and canals. As a hop-on, hop-off style boat, you can catch it at any of the two or three an hour time slots and check out the waterfront industry, old shipyards and the fishing harbour.

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Late

In a city like Gothenburg that seems to accommodate our every need, you know they have the nightlife set up perfectly for you here. Avenyn, short for Kungsportsavenyen Avenue, is the spot to head to. Not merely known for its high-end fashion and upscale boutiques, but for its late-night eateries and nightspots.

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Bars and nightclubs come to life here and you'll find yourself enjoying the company of locals and tourists alike. While plenty is happening on both sides of the main street, you’ll also find many popular restaurants and independent shops on side streets like Teatergaten and Södra Vägen.

Day Two

Morning

Rise and shine! You have another day of discovery waiting for you and don’t worry, there isn’t as much walking today. On this particular morning, we included two museums you must see, the Universeum and the Gothenburg Museum of Art.

The Universeum is just one of those places that you have to go to. Here you can find some of the largest aquariums in Europe filled with shark species such as the impressive sand tiger shark. It is an awesome place to spend your morning, admiring an indoor rainforest filled with sloths, lizards, birds, insects and some monkey species.

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There are no shortages of incredible museums and the Gothenburg Museum of Art is right up there with it. Known to boast the finest collection in Northern Europe, you’ll find yourself pursuing 15th-century contemporary pieces along with works dated all the way back to the 1400s. Most importantly, you can come and see famous Nordic Art by prominent painters like Edvard Munch and Peder Severin Kroyer. It's undoubtedly an artsy person paradise.

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Afternoon

For lunch, you must feast your eyes on the Stora Saluhallen. It's not just one restaurant, but a market hall and a food lover’s playground. Bask in 40 stalls and restaurants ready to serve you with all the local favourites like Köttbullar with a side of mashed potatoes, but also reindeer, elk and of course fresh and delicious fish like salmon. Let your eyes be too big for your stomach and relish in all that Saluhallen has to offer. If you need some little gifts to take home, this is a great spot to get that done too.

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Evening

You cannot, and we really mean it when we say cannot miss The Archipelago of Gothenburg. Being close to Gothenburg, regular ferries go to pretty much anywhere you want to see.

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There are some huge tourist attractions like seal safaris, lobster fishing and sea-angling, but as the day is almost over and there are still places to see, discovering the quaint Southern granite islands is perfect. The scenery is stunning, you can witness their small and charming villages and step foot on pristine beaches. We don’t want to give too much away, but Styrsö Island is a nice spot to visit and Byn is one of the oldest you can find.

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Late

While the archipelago may take up most of your time and could potentially be your dinner spot, we opted for something a little different. Gothenburg's food experience is top of the line with the city not only being named the Culinary Capital of Sweden but also home to 5 Michelin star restaurants.

Although a little more on the pricey side, Thörnströms Kök is our top pick because you deserve to treat yourself on your last day in Gothenburg. The menu depends on what's around each season, there will be combinations you’ve never heard of before and you’ll be pleasantly delighted at the minimalism architecture inside. Not to mention the absolutely incredible dishes on offer.

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Gothenburg is not your typical destination when visiting Sweden, but it definitely should be. With the city being so well set up, you won't encounter any problems getting around and seeing everything you can. Who knew 48 hours in Gothenburg could be so incredible!

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I hope you enjoyed my 48 hours city guide to Gothenburg and do not hesitate to use our website chat or to email us if you have any questions!

Roxana Bujoranu (Travel Expert at BeRightBack)

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