Entry No. 50: Gothenburg, Sweden
and surrounding islands
I can’t believe it’s been almost *two* years since J&I took this “last hurrah” trip while living in Europe. I still have a few other European trips that I need to write guides for but today I thought I’d share a glimpse of our long weekend in Sweden:
We flew into Gothenburg / Goteborg and as we were coming into town, the architecture immediately captivated me (it was also the main reason I wanted to visit Sweden!). I was a little surprised that it ended up reminding me of Prague’s architecture (but with a bit more charm).
Here’s a glimpse of our hotel’s lobby – I loved the way it was eclectically decorated and we thoroughly enjoyed the lavish breakfasts each morning. [Details on this hotel in my Top Tips at the end of this post]
The next day, we walked to the nearby train station (which housed a row of beautiful chandys like the one above) to catch a tram to Saltholmen to then catch a ferry to go island hopping in the southern archipelago. Don’t worry – I included the full how-to in my Top Tips at the bottom of this post. 😉 This was such a peaceful and leisurely afternoon and we loved watching the pretty islands go by:
Top Tips for Gothenburg, Sweden:
Where to Stay? We stayed at Scandic No. 25 on Burggrevegatan 25 in Goteborg. It was centrally located which made it easy to walk everywhere or take the train and/or tram (which was right across the street). The breakfast buffet which was included was pretty phenomenal and extensive. And I loved the modern yet eclectic decor that felt so Scandinavian. Don’t forget to take a peek at the top floor which is the attic and is open as a relaxation room for reading, etc. – super cozy and adorable.
Island hop! I highly encourage you to island hop in the nearby southern archipelago. The islands of Styrsö, Brannö and Vrango are supposed to be the most interesting. Since it was pouring rain on the day we went, we opted to just stay on the boat and admire the islands from afar but I would have loved to have been able to hop off and explore the quaint little islands! Here’s how to navigate your way there: From Gothenburg, take the #11 tram to the port city at the end of the line, Saltholmen, and then jump on any of the four ferries to go explore! The ferries stop at 11 different islands which typically serve as summer retreats for Gothenburgers. The transit cards that work on the trams, also work for the ferries and you can purchase transit cards at any 7-Eleven (yes, there are 7-Elevens in Sweden! lol). Definitely ask for a timetable with ferry times before you board so you don’t end up stuck on one of the islands. 😉 From the city center, a tram will take about half an hour to get to Saltholmen.
Explore Haga. This area is in the heart of Gothenburg and the highlights here are the picturesque wooden houses, cafes and shops that line the popular Haga Nygata street. Take tram stop Haga Kyrkan, Jarntorget or Handelshogskolan to get there.
The Children’s Museum. If you feel like unwinding and want a break from the usual touristy stuff, I definitely recommend a stop at the local Children’s Museum. When we were there, it specialized in the rainforest (complete with monkeys romping around – you could even pet them!) and a fun exhibit on dinos.
If you have any tips, insights, suggestions or comments, I’d love to hear them! Did you miss the other entries of CB’s Travel Journal? Click here to catch up!
Images by moi.