What to see in Gothenburg and surroundings in 7 days

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Martí Micolau

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We are located in Sweden, more precisely a Gothenburg, the second largest city in the country. It is also the most important port in all of Sweden, thanks to its strategic position: in a fjord at the mouth of the Göta älv river, overlooking the North Sea. Despite being a large city, it retains the typical charm of Northern Europe, passing from ancient neighborhoods, like Haga, to more modern ones, like Avenyn.

Having a week at your disposal, we also advise you to take advantage of this, of rent a car and discover its wonderful surroundings, made up of small characteristic towns and unspoiled nature.

Are you ready to go? Here what to see in Goteborn and surroundings in 7 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much is a week in Gothenburg
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

For a first approach to the city, take part in the panoramic tour by amphibious bus that will allow you to have a global view of the most important attractions and take the opportunity to have fun on this bus, which turns into a boat giving you a tour even from the water!
Take advantage of the morning to explore the historic center! Starting from Gustav Adolfs Torg, the historic square, where there is the statue of King Gustav II Adolfo of Sweden and some of the most important buildings, such as Gamla Radhuset (Old Town Hall), the Nya Radhuset (New Town Hall) and the Stadshuset (Old Town Hall).
Visit the Christinae Kyrka (free), the seventeenth-century church of Santa Cristina with a carillon consisting of 42 bells, and the Göteborgs Stadsmuseum, the city museum (10: 00-17: 00, closed on Mondays, 60,00 SEK / approximately € 5,70). It contains collections and exhibits that tell the story of this area of ​​Sweden from prehistoric times to the present.
Stop for lunch in the historic center, perhaps at John Scott's Palace (average cost per person € 20,00) and then continue towards the Trädgårdsföreningen, the city's botanical park, one of the best preserved in Europe (7: 00-18: 00, free). Enjoy a stroll through the gardens and don't miss the rose collection, one of the richest in Northern Europe, with over 4.000 specimens of 1.900 different species, including some rare Swedish species, and the Palmhuset.
Then reach Magasinsgatan, the rich shopping district, full of quaint little bars and cafes and vintage shops. In the evening this is the center of the city's nightlife.

End the day with a dinner right in the Magasinsgatan neighborhood, perhaps at The Barn (average cost per person € 20,00) and then explore the area in the evening, letting yourself be carried away by the cheerful and festive spirit of this city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,1 km / 26 min
  • Places visited: Gustav Adolfs Torg (free), Christinae Kyrka (free), Göteborgs Stadsmuseum (€ 5,70), Trädgårdsföreningen (free), Magasinsgatan (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Gothenburg: Land and Water Amphibious Bus Sightseeing Tour
  • Lunch at John Scott's Palace (Get Directions), Dinner at The Barn (Get Directions)

2 day

Second day, ready to discover another area of ​​the city. The first stop is one of the most famous places in Goteborg, the Feskekörka, the fish market (Mon-Fri 10: 00-18: 00, Sat 10: 00-15: 00, free). The term Feskekörka in Italian means "church of the fish", this is because the structure of this covered market resembles that of a church. It is one of the most visited attractions in the city.
After the visit, head to the Haga district, the oldest in the city, founded in the 600s at the behest of Queen Christina of Swabia. Take part in a tour of the old town and immerse yourself, thanks to the guide, in the atmosphere of the th century. Stroll through the cobbled streets and the wooden and stone houses, among ancient shops, small cafes and vintage shops.

Stop for lunch in one of the many characteristic places of this district, perhaps at Sjöbaren Fish Seafood (average cost per person € 15,00).
Enjoy a stroll through the streets of the area again, not forgetting the main square, Haga Kyrkoplan, where the pretestant Hagakyrkan church is located.
Then reach the th century fortress of Skansen Kronan, just 10 minutes walk from the Haga district (11: 00-17: 00, closed on Mondays, free).
Now home to private events and weddings, you can reach the hill on which it is located by walking up the steps from Frigångsgatan. From the top you will enjoy a beautiful view over the whole city.
End the day with a dinner always in neighborhood of Haga, to experience this area also in the evening, when its premises come alive. Stop at Mellan-Rummet, a Swedish restaurant (average cost per person € 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 40 min
  • Places visited: Feskekörka (free), Haga district (free), Skansen Kronan (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 35,00
  • Gothenburg: Haga Old Town Walking Tour
  • Lunch at Sjöbaren Fish Seafood (Get directions), Dinner at Mellan-Rummet (Get directions)

3 day

Dedicate the day to Lorensberg cultural and artistic quarter, starting from its main square, Götaplatsen, the center of the cultural life of the city, at the center of which is the magnificent fountain of Poisedone.
Here a visit to the Konstmuseum, Gothenburg's art museum and Sweden's third largest museum, as well as being one of the most interesting in all of Northern Europe (11: 00-18: 00, weekend 11: 00-17: 00, 40,00 SEK / approximately € 3,80). Inside there are about 70.000 works by world-famous painters. In addition, there are areas dedicated to Scandinavian art from the th century alone.

For lunch, stop in the neighborhood near the Götaplatsen square, perhaps at Familjen, a Swedish restaurant (average cost per person € 20,00).
Don't forget to drop by Stadsbiblioteket, it is a library with minimal architecture, typical of northern Europe, very extensive, with lots of books, a shop and a coffee (Mon-Fri 8: 00-20: 00, Sat and Sun 10: 00-18: 00, free).
Then continue for the main street of the city, the Kungsportsavenyen, also known as Avenyn. This tree-lined avenue, for its beauty and elegance, is compared to the Champs-Élysées in Paris. While strolling, take a look around: the life of the city takes place here, among historic buildings, cafes, clubs, fashion boutiques and vintage shops.

End the day in the Kungsportsavenyen area with a dinner at Restaurang Bryggeriet Avenyn (average cost per person € 25,00). For after dinner, stay on this street to enjoy an evening in one of the busiest areas in all of Gothenburg.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 18 min
  • Places visited: Lorensberg district (free), Götaplatsen (free), Konstmuseum (€ 3,70), Kungsportsavenyen (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Gothenburg: 3-hour private photography tour
  • Lunch at Familjen (Get directions), Dinner at Get directions Restaurang Bryggeriet Avenyn (Get directions)

4 day

Discover one of the most famous places in the area, Göteborgs Skärgård, the archipelago of islands in the south of Gothenburg. Only 5.000 inhabitants live permanently in this archipelago, although in the summer the number increases to 6.000. You can reach them easily by taking the boat to Saltholmen, the pier of the port of Gothenburg, accessible from the city center by tram 11 of the black line. The cost of the ferry ranges from SEK 30,00 to SEK 100,00 depending on the duration of the trip (approximately € 2,80 to € 9,50). On average, it takes an hour and a half of navigation to get to your destination.
For this excursion we recommend comfortable shoes because there will be a lot to walk.

The ferry from Saltholmen to Styrsö, one of the main islands of the archipelago, takes 75 min. On this island there are 4 villages and it is inhabited by about 1.500 people. The oldest village is Byn, full of bars and cafes and characterized by wooden houses. Spend the morning exploring this area, strolling through the streets and along the many paths.

For lunch, head to Båtebacken (average cost per person € 20,00), located on the other side of the island, just 25 minutes' walk from the island's port.
In the afternoon continue the exploration of the island until you reach the Stora Rös, the viewpoint on top of a hill, from which you can admire a beautiful view of all the surrounding areas.
Then cross the Styrsöbron bridge and arrive in another island of the archipelago, Donsö, characterized by the typical red fishermen's huts all lined up around the harbor.

End the day with a dinner in the Donsö harbor area, perhaps at Restaurang Isbolaget (average cost per person € 25,00). From here you can then take the ferry back to Gotenberg.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 25,9 km / 3 h 14 min (by ferry)
  • Places visited: Styrsö (free), Stora Rös (free), Donsö (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00 (ferry transport included)
  • Lunch at Båtebacken (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurang Isbolaget (Get directions)

5 day

Take an excursion out of town, a bit far from Gothenburg, but a must do if you are in southern Sweden. We are talking about the city of Malmö, the third largest city in the country, connected to Denmark by the Øresund bridge. The most convenient way to reach it is taking the direct train from Gothenburg Central Station to Malmö Central Station. The travel time ranges from two and a half to three hours. We recommend taking the 3000:8 am SJ Snabbtåg SJ24 train, which will take you to your destination in just two and a half hours. The average ticket cost is 220 SEK (about € 20,00), but you can also find lower or higher prices, depending on the train you choose.

Once you arrive in Malmö enjoy yours historical center, which develops mainly around two squares, the Stora Torget square and the Lilla Torget square. Here are some of the most important attractions of the city. Wander through the streets of the neighborhood Gamla Staden, the heart of the city, full of colorful medieval style houses.

For lunch, stop at Siesta, in the historic center, a Swedish restaurant (average cost per person € 20,00).
After that, head to Malmö Castle, the Malmöhus Slott, Sweden's oldest Renaissance fortress, built by King Christian III of Denmark and surrounded by Slottsträdgården park (10: 00-17: 00, SEK 40,00 / approx. € 3,70).
Do not miss the panoramic boat tour that will guide you along canals and under bridges to admire the view of Malmö from the water.
End the day with a dinner in the historic city center, near the station, perhaps at the Surf Shack Malmö (average cost per person € 15,00). Make sure you don't dine too late, so you can be sure you don't catch the train after 20pm, thus arriving in Gothenburg between 00pm and 23pm.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,1 km / 39 min
  • Places visited: Stora Torget (free), Lilla Torget (free), Gamla Staden (free), Malmö Castle (€ 3,70), boat tour (from € 16,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • Malmö: 3-hour guided walking tour
  • Lunch at Siesta (Get directions), Dinner at Surf Shack Malmö (Get directions)

6 day

Set off to discover another magnificent city in southern Sweden, Helsingborg, in the county of Scania. Originally a Danish city, it came under the control of Sweden in 1658. So here you can see how these two cultures have come together over the years.
To reach it you can take the direct train from Gothenburg Central Station to Helsingborg Central Station, the journey time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. The average ticket cost is always around 220 SEK (about € 20,00), but even in this case you can also find lower or higher prices, depending on the train you choose.

Spend the morning discovering the historic center of Helsingborg, passing through Stortoget, the long square that is the heart of the city, and along Kullagatan, the shopping street. Here you will meet many Danes, who go to this place to shop, as the prices are much cheaper.
Get up to Parapeten, the promenade overlooking the North Sea where there is a beautiful viewpoint and a beach, the Tropical Beach, which is super crowded in summer.

For lunch, stop in this area, in one of the many places overlooking the sea, perhaps at Ya-Ha, a typical Scandinavian restaurant (average cost per person € 25,00).
After lunch take the bus line 8 from the Helsingborg Sundstorget stop and get off at Laröd Sofiero Huvudentrén (journey time 15 minutes), for visit the beautiful castle of Sofiero Slott och Slottsträdgård, which with its gardens won Europe's most beautiful park award in 2010 (10: 00-18: 00, 120 SEK / approx € 11,30).
After that, take bus 8 and return to the historic center.

Make sure you don't dine too late, preferably in a place near the station, we recommend the Kings Corner Steak `n Pub (average cost per person € 20,00).
Then head to the station to take the train back to Gothenburg.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 446 km / 5 h 19 min (by train)
  • Places visited: Old Town (free), Stortoget (free), Kullagatan (free), Parapeten (free), Sofiero Slott och Slottsträdgård (€ 11,30)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Lunch at Ya-Ha (Get Directions), Dinner at Kings Corner Steak `n Pub (Get Directions)

7 day

Last day in Sweden, we recommend that you stay in Gothenburg and enjoy the city! Start the day by visiting one of the most popular museums in the city, theUniverseum (10: 00-18: 00, 225,00 SEK / approx € 21,30, reduced 175,00 SEK / approx € 16,50). IS' the largest and most important science and technology center in Scandinavia. Here you can have fun in many interactive activities, including workshops, safaris, aquariums and much more. A place suitable for both adults and children.

For lunch, stop to eat at Holy Cow (average cost per person € 15,00), near the museum and the second attraction of the day.
Ready for an afternoon of pure fun? Just behind the Universeum is the Liseberg Amusement Park, one of the most famous amusement parks in Scandinavia. Inside you will find more than 40 rides and attractions, including the highest free fall in Europe. In addition, you can visit the Lisebergs Lustgarten, a beautiful botanical garden, and there is no shortage of shops, cafes and clubs.
The opening hours and days vary according to the time of year, we advise you to consult the official website and search for the date that interests you. Admission costs SEK 100,00 (approximately € 9,50).

After the afternoon of entertainment, return to the historic center and stop for dinner at Kometen, to enjoy a typical Swedish dinner for the last time (average cost per person € 35,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,3 km / 29 min
  • Places visited: Universeum (€ 21,30), Liseberg Amusement Park (€ 9,50)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Lunch at Holy Cow (Get directions), Dinner at Kometen (Get directions)

How much is a week in Gothenburg

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Gothenburg, like all of Northern Europe, it is not a cheap city. The hotels and b & bs in the historic center are quite expensive, if you have a certain budget we recommend that you look in the surrounding neighborhoods. Even eating in restaurants can become challenging from an economic point of view, so prefer small places and, above all, avoid those that are too touristy. With a few small tricks, you will be able to organize a low cost trip.

  • starting from € 90,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Gothenburg: Land and Water Amphibious Bus Sightseeing Tour Gothenburg: Haga Old Town Walking Tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 700,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Gothenburg: the best period is from late April to October, when temperatures are more pleasant and the climate mild. Christmas time is beautiful, when the city is filled with lights and Christmas markets are organized - find out more
  • there are two different airports. The first is the Landvetter, 25 kilometers east of the historic center, which you can reach by bus on the Flygbussarna or Swebus line (journey time 30 minutes, average ticket cost from 65,00 to 105,00 SEK, from about € 6,00 , 10,00 to € 25 approximately) or by taxi (journey time 30,00 minutes, average cost of the ride € 22). The second airport is Goteborg City Airport, where most of the low cost airlines arrive. Located 36 kilometers from the center, you can reach it by bus lines 37, 17, 320 and 30 (travel time 65,00 minutes, average ticket cost 6,00 SEK, about € 25) or by taxi (time journey time 35,00 minutes, average cost of € )
  • the best area to stay is certainly the historic center, as the attractions are close to each other and can be easily visited on foot. Obviously, this is also the most expensive area, despite having a wide range of hotels and b & bs. Alternatively, you can choose the neighboring districts, well connected with the center, such as the Lorensberg district, full of bistros, pubs and nightlife center, or the Vasastaden district, the lively and multicultural university area.
  • Getting around: the historic center and the districts can be easily visited on foot. To move between the various points of the city you can instead rely on public transport, starting from the tram, the best to move thanks to its 13 lines (single ticket cost 27,00 SEK, about € 2,50; card cost rechargeable 50,00 SEK, approximately € 4,70). Alternatively, you can use the bus network, even if it has a few stops (single ticket cost 27,00 SEK, about € 2,50) or the train, which has three different lines (single ticket cost 27,00 SEK, about € 2,50) - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: Gothenburg Pass includes free admission to over 30 city attractions, free bus tours and river cruise, and a printed city guide. The price varies according to the duration of the pass: from one day 395,00 SEK (approximately € 37,30), from 2 days 655,00 SEK (approximately € 62,00), from 3 days 855,00 SEK (approximately € 80,80), from 5 days 1.135,00 SEK (approx. € 107,30)

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