Gothenburg (also known as Goteborg,) is Sweden’s second biggest city and the busiest harbour in Scandinavia. Situated on the southwest coast, Gothenburg offers all the highlights of a big city while at also having the wild nature of Sweden's West Coast right at its doorstep, making it ideal for both an exciting city break or a longer outdoor adventure.
The city boasts a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere with excellent food and craft beer scenes (including several Michelin starred restaurants) , vibrant cafés, bars, and clubs – mostly frequented by the large student population here – that line the pleasant streets and boulevards.
Gothenburg offers a variety of fascinating attractions and sights, with a vast number of museums, historical sites, fortresses, galleries as well as Scandinavia’s largest amusement park - keeping even the most discerning of traveller busy and entertained.
Over the past several years Gothenburg has made impressive efforts to become sustainable. After being named European Capital of Smart Tourism in 2020 by the European Commission, Gothenburg added the accolade of being named the world’s Best Sustainable City Stay for 2021 by Lonely Planet. Gothenburg has also held the top ranking in the Global Destinations Sustainability Index since 2016 and has a regional climate target of being fossil-independent by 2030. Additionally, Gothenburg was the first city in the world to issue Green Bonds to accelerate investments in climate-oriented solutions. 97 percent of its public transport now runs on renewable energy, 95% of its hotels are eco-certified, it has a low emission zone in the centre and the airport is certified to the highest level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme.
This city is also the gateway to the stunning islands of the west coast that make up the Southern and Northern Archipelagos of Gothenburg as well as the Bohuslän coast which sprawls all they way up towards Norway and is considered an area of outstanding natural beauty. In the summer months, visitors can easily hop across the archipelago’s many island and islets which offer charming villages, stunning beaches and some great activities including seal safaris, fishing trips and other boating experiences.
The scarcely populated Southern Archipelago is easily accessible by public transportation from Gothenburg, with Brännö and Styrsö islands being particularly good options for day trips. All of the islands here are completely car free and offer an excellent gateway to pristine Swedish nature and stunning hiking and cycling options.
The islands of the Northern Archipelago and the Bohuslän Coast/West Sweden Archipelago are more densely inhabited and can be easily explored by car, making them excellent choices for a fly-drive holiday.