Gothenburg Port is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries. The Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus founded Gothenburg, Sweden in 1621. The fifth biggest Nordic city and the second largest Swedish city, Gothenburg sits on the Göta Älv River. The Swedish south coast accommodates the Gothenburg cruise port. Since Gothenburg is a relatively tiny city, all the attractions are within reach from the public transport stops.
From the Gothenburg cruise terminal, the shopping begins. Feskekôrka is the recommended place to buy fish. Since the building that shelters it has a striking resemblance with a Gothic church, it is called Fish Church. Nine buildings that are interconnected constitute Nordstan, the most popular European commercial center. There are at least 180 shops to suit the cruise tourist’s taste and 150 offices. Kungsgatan shopping street is lively with boutiques, cinemas, and cafes. Fredsgatan is a pedestrian street for different kinds of products.
Things to See
Through a tram window, Gothenburg can be witnessed at its best. Kungsportsavenyn, “The Avenue” or Avenyn stretches from Götaplatsen to Kungsportsplatsen. An international architectural competition paved its creation in the 1860s and 1870s. Through Kungsportsavenyn, the theatre, concert hall, and library can be visited. Most importantly, the Gothenburg Museum of Art that presents late nineteenth century Nordic art is found. The Fürstenberg Gallery inside is the highlight attraction. In 1994, the Gothenburg Opera house was built. There is a series of six annual exhibitions held at the Göteborgs Konsthall. In 2004, the Museum of World Culture was created.
In the French Guide Rouge, the Göteborg Botanical Garden received three stars. Europeans regard it as one of the most important gardens. During the 300th city anniversary in 1923, the garden was launched. Gothenburg is proud to have the 2003 Most Beautiful Garden. Slottsskogen, beside the garden, is the largest city park that is home to Naturhistoriska Museet or the Natural History Museum.
By ferry, the Southern Gothenburg Archipelago is experienced with the islands of Älvsborg Fortress, Vinga, and Styrsö. To protect Swedish access to the Atlantic Ocean, the Älvsborg Fortress was built. The Vinga lighthouse symbolizes the city and sea travelers find Vinga important. The eighteenth century Ostindiefararen Götheborg ship is docked at Eriksberg.
Liseberg in winter has an abundant display of Christmas lights that shine on its trees. This amusement park is bustling with activity during the Christmas season. It showcases a Christmas market and an ice rink with its nearly 40 attractions. Liseberg is central in the city.
Restaurants and Bars
Seven Gothenburgers have been Swedish Chef of the Year awardees. Most restaurants have special brunch menus with more affordable dishes. At Cafeva, ladies and students eat different kinds of vegetarian soups daily with a cheese sandwich and coffee or tea. American food can be eaten at Warehouse where a lunch buffet and pan pizzas are available. A famous Chinese restaurant is Lai Wa. Bamboo is good for business travelers with its daily buffets. The chef cooks the preferred meat and vegetables on the spot.
Wooden tables and benches at Ada make it a look like an outdoor beer hall. Meat, pasta, and fish are served. Happy Hour is nightly and live music plays every Friday and Saturday. African and Middle Eastern food is eaten at Bazar. Students savor the köfte or Turkish meatballs, salad, and pasta. Turkish raki can be drunk and belly dancing entertains once in awhile. Beers, whiskeys or ales are tasty at Bishop's Arms where furnishings are English imports.