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    Gothenburg – At a glance

    Gothenburg is located in the center of Sweden’s western coastline. With approximately 550,000 residents, it is Sweden’s second-largest city after Stockholm. The city center constructed in the early 17th century is encircled by a moat on the banks of the river Göta Alv. The most important historical sights can be found here, including the Kronhuset – the city’s oldest building – the classical 19th-century cathedral, and the “Feskekörka” (fish church) market hall.

    Gothenburg is an outdoor oasis in summer, because in the warmer months of June and July, it never gets completely dark.

    The squares, streets (many of which are car-free) and numerous parks are packed with people nearly round the clock. Day trips to the barren rocky islands of the archipelago just off the coast are particularly popular during this season. Visitors, locals and the city’s many college students seem to be soaking up the sunlight for the long winter ahead. Then, they meet up in one of the many cafés, pubs, or movie theaters. A visit to the city’s winter and Christmas markets is a special seasonal delight; the most popular market is at the Liseberg amusement park. Its booths, fairground rides and countless twinkling lights create a magical atmosphere.

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    The Feskekörka might look like a church, but it’s actually a fish market.

    Feskekörka

    Rosenlundsvägen
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Opening times:
    Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

    This unusual brick building looks like a church. And it has the word for church in its name, too. But it’s not a church, and it never was. When the building was erected in 1874, it initially served as a fish auction hall. Today, it is home to the fish market and a string of excellent restaurants.

    Universeum

    Södra Vägen 50
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Opening times:
    Daily, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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    Tel: +46-31/33 56 400

    Universeum is a hands-on natural science museum for the whole family. There are several large aquariums, a real rain forest and a “reptilarium” with snakes and lizards. Make sure to plan plenty of time for your visit; it’s worth staying the whole day.

    Skansen Kronan

    Skansberget
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    The royal fortress Skansen Kronan was constructed in the 17th century to secure the city’s access to the North Sea and protect it from the Danes. Today, visitors enjoy the view from the top of the hill, which looks out over the former working-class district of Haga and the shipyards on the opposite bank.

    Maritiman

    Packhusplatsen 12
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Opening times:
    Daily, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (June to August)
    Modified opening hours during the off-season; closed for part of the winter.

    Website
    Tel: +46-31/10 59 50

    This floating museum provides an overview of Sweden’s maritime history. Military and civilian ships are on display, including the lightship “Fladen,” the destroyer “Småland,” the ferry “Dan Broström” and a submarine.

    Världskulturmuseet (World Culture Museum)

    Södra Vägen 54
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Opening times:
    Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Wednesday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Closed Monday

    There are four Swedish museums that focus on world cultures: the Museum of Ethnography, the Museum of Far East Antiquities, the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, and this museum, the Världskulturmuseet, which opened in 2004. The exhibits mainly revolve around art and globalization, and the modern style of presentation makes them attractive to younger visitors, as well.

    Gothenburg Museum of Art

    Götaplatsen
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Opening times:
    Tuesday and Thursday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Friday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Wednesday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

    Website
    Tel: +46-3/13 68 35 00

    The collection at the Gothenburg Museum of Art includes paintings and sculptures from the 15th century onward. The focus is on Nordic art, with works from Anders Zorn, Edvard Munch and others. The museum’s basement houses the Hasselblad Center for Photography.

    Röhsska Museum

    Vasagatan 37-39
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Opening times:
    Tuesday – Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Thursday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Friday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Website
    Tel: +46-31/38 31 50

    The collection at the Museum for Design, Fashion and the Applied Arts includes approximately 50,000 exhibits spanning five millennia. The permanent exhibit revolves around the history of design; temporary exhibits are dedicated to special subjects, styles or specific eras.

    Botaniska trädgården (Botanical Garden)

    Carl Skottsbergs Gata 22A
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Tel: +46-10/47 37 777

    Lush and expansive, this is one of Sweden’s most beautiful gardens. Since 1916, its 175 hectares have provided visitors with opportunities to learn and relax. Stroll beneath enormous rhododendrons and through the rose garden, or pay a visit to the greenhouses, which are also home to Sweden’s most extensive collection of orchids.

    Kronhuset

    Kornhusgatan 1D
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Opening times:
    Daily, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    The Kronhuset is the oldest public building in Gothenburg. It was constructed as an armory in 1654, and today, it serves as a concert hall, playing host to musical ensembles such as the Gothenburg Wind Orchestra. The Kronhuset is surrounded by Kronhusetbodarna, little workshops making pottery and glass by hand – an attractive destination for fans of artisan handicrafts.

    Röda Sten Konsthall

    Röda Sten 1
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Tel: +46-31/12 08 16

    The four floors of this former combined heat and power station under the Älvsborg Bridge are home to a gallery for modern visual and performance arts. Right next door is the 41-meter-long art installation Draken (“Dragon” in English) by Per Agélli – a dragon-shaped wall where graffiti is legally permitted.

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    Country overview

    Sweden is a land of incredible contrast. Home to a vast array of landscapes – from the dense pine forests and craggy mountains of the north, to the rolling hills and glossy golden beaches of the south. The seven major cities, which include Malmö, Gothenburg

    and the capital, Stockholm – each have their own distinct character, compelling histories and wildly varying architectural styles. Despite these differences, urban Sweden tends to be stylish, modern and sophisticated, while the countryside offers simpler pleasures for those in search of peace and tranquillity.

    Geography

    Sweden shares land borders with Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast.  Along with Denmark, Sweden has maritime borders with Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

    The largest lake is Vänern and the highest peak is Kebnekaise, which stands 2,104m (6,903ft) above sea level and is part of the Scandinavian mountain chain on the Norwegian border.

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    Population: 10.2 million (2018)

    Capital: Stockholm

    Language

    The main language is Swedish.

    Currency

    Swedish Krona (SEK; symbol kr) = 100 öre. Notes are in denominations of kr1,000, 500, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of kr10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50 öre.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin continental plugs are used.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2019 – December 2020 period.

    2019

    Nyårsdagen (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2019
    Trettondedag jul (Epiphany): 6 January 2019
    Långfredagen (Good Friday): 19 April 2019
    Påsk (Easter Sunday): 21 April 2019
    Annandag påsk (Easter Monday): 22 April 2019
    Valborg (Labour Day): 1 May 2019
    Kristi himmelfärds dag (Ascension Day): 30 May 2019
    Sveriges nationaldag (National Day): 6 June 2019
    Pingstdagen (Whit Sunday): 9 June 2019
    Midsommardagen (Midsummer’s Day): 22 June 2019
    Juldagen (Christmas Day): 25 December 2019
    Annandag jul (Boxing Day): 26 December 2019

    2020

    Nyårsdagen (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2020
    Trettondedag jul (Epiphany): 6 January 2020
    Långfredagen (Good Friday): 10 April 2020
    Påsk (Easter Sunday): 12 April 2020
    Annandag påsk (Easter Monday): 13 April 2020
    Valborg (Labour Day): 1 May 2020
    Kristi himmelfärds dag (Ascension Day): 21 May 2020
    Pingstdagen (Whit Sunday): 31 May 2020
    Sveriges nationaldag (National Day): 6 June 2020
    Midsommardagen (Midsummer’s Day): 20 June 2020
    Juldagen (Christmas Day): 25 December 2020
    Annandag jul (Boxing Day): 26 December 2020

    All information subject to change.

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    For a long time, Gothenburg stood in the shadow of the capital city, Stockholm – often unjustly so. That could now change because in October 2019, the second-largest city in Sweden was named “European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020” (smarttourismcapital.eu) – along with Málaga in Spain.

    Gothenburg earned itself the title on the strength of its convenient booking platforms, high-speed internet availability across the city and futuristic traffic concepts. Gothenburg offers superlative culinary and cultural experiences and stunning nature in the archipelago just off the coast. We bring you the best addresses for an amazing day in Gothenburg.

    The following tips and addresses can be downloaded as an iCalendar file (.ics) and imported into any of the usual calendar programs – experience Gothenburg for yourself!

    8:30 a.m.: Breakfast at the Kafé Magasinet

    Tredje Långgatan 9
    41303 Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Tel: +46-31/30 95 240

    At Kafé Magasinet in the old docklands district of Gothenburg, the team sets great store by hållbarhed (sustainability) and serves fair trade coffee and mostly organically produced food. For a substantial start to the day, order the store frokost (large breakfast), which includes coffee, egg, freshly pressed juice, avocado or cheese sandwich, and yoghurt with granola and berries. The best spot to enjoy it is in the café’s Orangerie, a bright conservatory where your eyes can feast on the fresh green of miniature orange trees while you feast on your breakfast.

    9:15 a.m.: Tram ride and ferry tour of the archipelago

    Järntorget
    41304 Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Numerous flat, round islets, or skerries, protrude from the sea like a school of gigantic whales. The people of Gothenburg love island hopping and enjoy the many different bathing opportunities it offers, especially in the summertime, of course. But even in the winter, wind and water make the barren rocky islands of the archipelago well worth a visit for the sheer joy of nature. Järntorget tram station is not far from the Kafé Magazinet. The number 11 tram makes the journey to Saltholmen harbor in a leisurely half hour, and from there, it’s a 15-minute ferry ride (route number 281 or 282) to the island of Styrsö. Since opportunities to grab a bite to eat on Styrsö are rare in winter, it’s a good idea to take a snack along. The last chance to do some shopping is in Saltholmen.

    10:30 a.m.: Exploring Styrsö

    Café Öberska
    Styrsö Bratten
    43084 Styrsö
    Sweden
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    Tel: +46-31/97 00 82

    The traffic-free island of Styrsö is located at the heart of the southern archipelago. Most of its roughly 1400 inhabitants live in small houses with their own jetty. Summertime activities here include bathing and fishing, and in the winter, long walks – for instance to the Stora Rös, the highest point on the island, around 100 meters above sea level. From there, you have a fine view out over the skerries and the entrance to Gothenburg harbor. The opportunity to take some refreshment before returning to the mainland is unfortunately only available from March to October, but then you can enjoy it in picturesque surroundings at Café Öberska, a cozy café with an herb garden close to the ferry terminal in Bratten.

    1:55 p.m.: Ferry trip and lunch at the Höga Nord

    Kyrkogatan 13
    41115 Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Make sure to make it to the terminal in good time because the ferry only returns to the city center once an hour over lunchtime. Once back on the mainland, we head straight to Kafé Höga Nord. It belongs to the neighboring record store, which in turn belongs to the Höga label that’s famous for non-mainstream music. At the café, we warm up with a hot soup and fresh smørrebrød and maybe also a helping of Spanish goat’s cheese and green salad.

    3 p.m.: Liseberg amusement park or the Botanical Garden

    Liseberg
    Örgrytevägen 5
    40222 Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Tel: +46-31/40 01 00

    Botaniska Trädgården
    Carl Skottbergs Gata 22A
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    Tel: +46-31/74 11 101

    The delighted shrieks of people riding the rollercoasters can be heard long before you arrive. With over three million visitors a year, Liseberg is Sweden’s most popular amusement park. From mid-November through the end of December, thousands of fairy lights transform the park into a Christmas spectacle. Some of the power they require is generated by the park’s own wind turbine – smart, just like Gothenburg! If a stroll through the Christmas market doesn’t put you in festive mood or literally leaves you cold, the Botanical Garden with its over 4000 different species planted in rock and herb gardens as well as several greenhouses may be the better option for you. At 20 crowns (just under two euros), the admission price is extremely low by Swedish standards. Please note: In the winter months, the greenhouses close at 4 p.m.

    5 p.m.: Ölhallen 7:an

    Kungstorget 7
    41117 Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Tel: +46-31/13 60 79

    In Gothenburg, the sun sets at 3.30 p.m. in December, so it’s already too late for a sundowner. What we want now is a warm, friendly atmosphere, and like generations of Gothenburgers before us, we find that at the legendary Ölhallen 7:an, the city’s oldest pub, which has been serving beer since 1900. Guests enjoy having 80 different beers to choose from as well as the location’s patina: The interior was last refurbished in 1933! People sit at marble tables, on the walls around them, dark wood paneling and pictures of old Gothenburg painted by a long-forgotten regular.

    6 p.m.: Asian fusion at the Toso

    Götaplatsen
    41256 Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Tel.: +46-31/78 79 800

    The contrast between this restaurant and an old beer bar could not be greater: What the chefs at the Toso promise is “a flirt” with the best of an array of Asian cultures and cuisines. Terracotta warriors and a huge Buddha statue keep the festively turned-out diners firmly in their sights. Many guests start with a cocktail at the bar before turning their attention to sashimi, spicy fried prawns or Korean pancakes. It’s a good idea to order the tasting menu at this first-rate and extremely busy pan-Asian restaurant so as to enjoy the greatest possible variety of flavors. Who knows, the flirt could become a culinary love affair. Definitely reserve a table.

    8 p.m.: Jazz at the Nefertiti

    Hvitfeldtsplatsen 6
    41120 Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Tel: +46-31/71 11 533

    This jazz club in the basement of a brick building that was once a school has been run by a music association for the past 40 years. It stages around 200 concerts a year, featuring not just jazz, but also blues, soul, folk and world music. International artists perform here as well as the top Swedish musicians and bands. Most concerts start as early as 8 p.m., but on the weekend, the Nefertiti morphs into a dance club later on. Then DJs play house, techno, hip-hop or rhythm and blues, as the mood takes them. The club attracts a mixed crowd.

    These tips and addresses can be downloaded as an iCalendar file (.ics) and imported into any of the usual calendar programs – experience Gothenburg for yourself!

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    Getting around

    Public transport

    Trams are Gothenburg’s most important form of public transportation – they are a convenient and affordable way to experience the city. You will need to purchase tickets before boarding the tram. Individual tram tickets are available, but it is usually easier to buy a Västtrafik ticket, which can also be used on buses. Tickets are valid for one, three or seven days. They can be purchased from ticket machines or in the “Västtrafik To Go” app.

    Taxis

    It’s easy to hail a taxi on the street, but fares are very expensive. Remember: Taxi fares are not regulated in Gothenburg, so every taxi service can set its own prices. A yellow and white sign on the taxi door will list the applicable fares.

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    Christmas market in Gothenburg

    Sweden’s biggest Christmas market

    While in Germany, many amusement parks are closed over the winter months, in Scandinavia, they are transformed into real-life winter fairy tales between mid-November and the end of December. This is also true of the Liseberg (liseberg.com) in Gothenburg, where five million fairy lights, nearly 900 fir trees and more than 80 booths make it the biggest Christmas market in Sweden. Between the stalls selling tasty treats and arts and crafts, the carousels continue to turn – in fact, roughly half of the over 40 rides, especially those for children, stay open all winter.

    Liseberg
    Örgrytevägen 5
    40222 Gothenburg
    Sweden

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    Restaurants in Gothenburg

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    Like everywhere in Sweden, fish in all its variations is a favorite among restaurant diners. Foreign visitors might be familiar with fresh fish, but how many of them have tried lutfisk (cod preserved in lye), sill (pickled herring), or even surströmming (fermented herring)?

    Dishes like köttbullar, the famous Swedish meatballs, won’t be quite so unfamiliar to visitors, nor will the wonderful Swedish pastries. Make sure not to miss out on trying kanelbullar: Swedish cinnamon buns.

    Gabriel

    Feskekörka
    Rosenlundsvägen
    Gothenburg
    Sweden

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    Category: Luxury

    This restaurant is nestled into the top floor of the Feskekörka, or “fish church.” The young team creates superb, sophisticated fish and seafood dishes in the open kitchen. The restaurant only serves food during the day and is closed in the evenings.

    Koka

    Viktoriagatan 12
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Category: Luxury

    New name, new minimalist design: In this location where Kock & Vin served traditional cooking with a pinch of French flair until 2014, Koka now stands as a representative of modern western Swedish cuisine, which is based on the clarity of minimal ingredients. The same people are still running the restaurant; they just wanted to make a new start. The kitchen still has its Michelin star.

    Koizen Omakase

    Nordenskiöldsgatan 24
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Category: Luxury

    Alongside set menus and à la carte dishes, the restaurant offers omakase, which, loosely translated, means “trust the chef.” When guests make a reservation, the restaurant asks them about any food allergies or intolerances, and the chef then serves them a range of different sushi dishes.

    Trattoria La Strega

    Aschebergsgatan 23B
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Category: Moderate

    You don’t usually travel to Sweden to eat Italian food, but you can always make an exception for the wonderful dishes at La Strega. The restaurant offers an ambitious menu using local and seasonal products put together by the Italian-Swedish couple that runs the business, Nina Rydqvist and Andrea Consonni.

    Café du Nord

    Kungstorget 3
    Gothenburg
    Sweden

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    Category: Budget

    You might not be able to tell from the name, but this restaurant is the top spot in Gothenburg for Köttbullar fans. The menu of the day always includes some variety of Swedish meatballs in addition to pasta and salads.

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    Hotels in Gothenburg

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    Gothenburg has a wide range of hotels in all price categories and comfort levels. Each district has its own unique charm. The cobblestone streets of Haga are practically car-free and there’s a café on nearly every corner, and the area around the Drottningtorget

    is both lovely and close to all the sights. Many hotels participate in Gothenburg’s sustainability campaign: They offer organic food, use electricity from renewable sources and avoid waste.

    Upper House

    Mässansgata 24
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Category: Luxury

    This five-star luxury hotel is located on the upper floors of Gothia Towers. Guests in the 53 rooms and suites enjoy the glorious view and have access to the spa and wellness center on floors 18 to 20. The hotel includes the Michelin-starred restaurant Upper House, which has its own rooftop garden and beehives.

    Clarion Hotel Post

    Drottningtorget 10
    Gothenburg
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    Category: Luxury

    This five-star hotel is housed in the former post office, which was built in 1920. Large rooms, wooden floors and stucco ceiling moldings create an elegant atmosphere. The hotel is also home to the gourmet restaurant Norda.

    Grand Hotel Opera

    Nils Ericsonsgatan 23
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Category: Moderate

    This grand hotel is located right next to the train station at Drottningtorget. The furnishings are modern and comfortable, and a swimming pool is available too.

    Hotel Barken Viking

    Lilla Bommens Torg 10
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Category: Moderate

    The “Viking ship,” a windjammer built in 1907, is permanently anchored at Gullbergskajen in Gothenburg’s harbor. It has 29 cozy hotel rooms decorated in proper style for a ship of this era. If you plan to book a room, please keep in mind that the rooms in the interior of the ship do not have windows.

    Hotel Royal

    Drottninggatan 67
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Category: Budget

    This elegant art nouveau hotel, constructed in 1852, has a gorgeous lobby decorated in the original style. It’s a five-minute walk from the main train station and offers excellent value for money.

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    Nightlife in Gothenburg

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    Gothenburg nights are long, and the area around Kungsportsavenyn – usually shortened to Avenyn – boasts numerous bars, pubs and clubs. Elegant restaurants and wine bars are located along Linnégatan. The clubs and dance floors usually don’t fill up until around midnight, especially on weekends.

    Here’s a tip to help you plan: Alcohol is expensive in Sweden, and most clubs require guests to be at least 21 to enter; at some clubs, the minimum age is 25.

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    Hotel Riverton
    Stora Badhusgatan 26
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    The skybar on the twelfth floor of Hotel Riverton offers a fantastic view of the city, as well as exceptional cocktails.

    Park Lane

    Kungsportsavenyn 38
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    This is where international celebrities come when they visit Gothenburg. It’s said that Robbie Williams and the King of Sweden have partied here – although not at the same time. Make sure to dress up for a visit to the Park Lane Club; the Park Lane Show features Broadway-style revues.

    Hagabion Café Bar

    Linnégatan 21
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Café, bar or movie theater? If you can’t choose between the three, Hagabion is the place for you. The arthouse theater Folkets Bio shows films in the original language, and the adjacent café and beer garden are perfect for relaxing after the feature.

    Valand

    Vasagatan 41
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    This large, elegant night club offers a restaurant, as well as multiple bars and stages. A detailed calendar of events (valand.se/kalender) provides information on scheduled theme nights, concerts, comedy shows and performances by guest DJs. Guests must be at least 25 years old.

    Sticky Fingers

    Kaserntorget 7
    Gothenburg
    Sweden
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    Gothenburg is considered the birthplace of Swedish death metal, an extreme sub-genre of metal. And death metal fans in Gothenburg call this club home. Live bands and DJs regularly flood this club with ultra-heavy riffs.

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    Gothenburg International Film Festival

    January 24 – February 3, 2020

    Venue: Movie theaters in and around Gothenburg

    This festival has been held in late January/early February every year since 1979. It is regarded as northern Europe’s most important movie industry gathering. Several different prizes are awarded, including the Draken (Dragon) Award for the best Nordic film and the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award for the best debut film.

    Göteborgs Varvet

    May 16, 2020

    Venue: Start and finish in Slottsskogen Park

    This charity half marathon makes two laps around Gothenburg city center. There are several different start groups for runners, and around 60,000 people run every year for a good cause.

    Midsummer in Gothenburg

    June 20, 2020

    Venue: All over Gothenburg

    Midsummer night is a major event and a national holiday in Sweden. All the shops and most museums are closed, so the best thing to do is take a ferry out to one of the rocky islands just off the coast in the morning, where guests are welcome to join the village dance around the maypole.

    Kulturkalaset (Culture Festival)

    August 11 – 16, 2020

    Venue: Various event locations

    With nearly one million visitors annually, Kulturkalaset is one of Scandinavia’s biggest cultural festivals. The program is a mixture of international and Swedish performances, concerts, and theater and film nights. The festival is based on fair trade criteria; all drinks and dishes served here meet high environmental standards.

    Jul pa Liseberg/Christmas Market

    Mid-November to December 23, 2020

    Venue: Liseberg

    At Christmastime, the famous Gothenburg amusement park Liseberg (liseberg.com) transforms into a winter fairyland. The market is beautifully illuminated, and its booths offer artisan handicrafts and holiday delicacies. Its fairground rides also make it a wonderful experience for the whole family.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone

    Country code: +46

    Mobile telephony and Internet

    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Gothenburg

    Key areas

    Kungsportsavenyn is Gothenburg’s main shopping promenade for exclusive fashion, design and art. The Linné district is lined with shops selling artisan handicrafts, antiques and vintage items. Many artisans and craftspeople have opened storefronts in the little houses lining the cobblestone streets of the former working-class district of Haga. In downtown Gothenburg inside the moat (Inom Vallgraven), the area around Vallgatan and Magasinsgatan is full of shops offering designer goods, furniture and artisan crafts, alongside restaurants and cafés. If you’re in the area, make sure to pay a visit to the beautiful old Victoriapassagen (between Södra Larmgatan and Vallgatan). You’ll even find a few original shops here, and the buildings themselves are worth a look even if you don’t buy anything.

    Markets

    Stora Saluhallen at Kungstorget is the city’s largest market hall and is open year round from Monday to Saturday. It offers local foods, Swedish specialties like Swedish coffee cake and elderberry juice, and international products; many stands also serve freshly prepared meals. Saluhallen Briggen on Nordhemsgatan in Haga is a bit smaller and likewise open from Monday to Saturday. If you like fish, make sure to visit the Feskekörka (fish church) on Rosenlundsvägen.

    Shopping centers

    With 200 shops, Nordstan (nordstan.se) is one of the largest shopping centers in Scandinavia. It is centrally located on Nordstadstorget, near the main train station. Arkaden (arkadengalleria.se) on Fredsgatan is the best shopping center for fashion and design; it features a large Zara, as well as many other shops. The NK shopping center (nk.se/goteborg) on Fredsgatan is a bit more sophisticated; the major international fashion and cosmetics brands have shops here.

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    Climate and best time to visit Gothenburg

    In summer, Gothenburg is usually comfortably warm, but rarely hot. It hardly gets dark in June and July, and people spend most of their time outdoors. Summer vacation in Sweden is from late June until mid-August, so it can be difficult to find a place to stay on the rocky islands right off the coast during that time, and many restaurants and museums are closed. Rainfall starts to increase in mid to late August, and September can be downright unpleasant. Sweden is almost guaranteed to be snowy in winter. On the rocky islands off the coast, life essentially comes to a standstill in winter. Even in Gothenburg, many restaurants and bars shut down for the season. In their place, however, are the Christmas and winter markets, which fill the city with magical twinkling lights.

    Climate and best time to visit Sweden

    Winters in Lapland (in northern Sweden) are extremely long and cold, with the lowest temperatures hitting minus 40° C. Meter-high snowfall also isn’t uncommon in the northern regions. Snowfall is almost guaranteed in the north, and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy winter sports. For a very special winter experience, go and view the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) or take a trip on a dog sled.

    Southern Sweden gets less snow, and winters in the southernmost regions are often rainy.

    Summers in the southern regions are usually comfortably warm and dry, but it tends to get rainy from August on. The island of Öland is known for its particularly warm, dry climate. Summer is the perfect time for canoe trips or hikes, or for day trips to one of the country’s many national parks. The never-ending days of a Swedish summer are an unforgettable experience: It almost never gets completely dark between late May and late June.

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    Traveler etiquette

    Social conventions

    Swedes tend to address each other on a first-name basis, except when conducting business in a government setting. Lateness is considered extremely rude. You should never take a drink before your host raises his or her glass and makes a toast. “Cheers” is “Skål,” and people generally only toast once before drinking. After a meal, you can thank the cook in Swedish by saying “tack för maten.”

    Generally, in places where you are expected to wait in line, you will need to take a number. Always join the end of the line and never try to cut to the front.

    Casual clothing is appropriate almost everywhere; more elegant clothing is only expected at fancy restaurants, clubs or for special occasions.

    Smoking is prohibited in all public spaces, public buildings, on public transportation and in all restaurants and bars in Sweden.

    Service charges are already included in hotel and restaurant bills, but you should generally round up the total anyway. Service charges are higher at night. Taxi drivers are always pleased when passengers round up the fare.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    There is the risk of contracting Lyme disease from ticks from April to October throughout Sweden, especially in grasses, shrubs and undergrowth. The risk can be minimized by wearing clothing that covers the skin and by using insect repellent.

    Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is also transmitted by ticks. The areas primarily affected include the province of Stockholm to Lake Malar in the west, Revskär Nature Reserve in the south, and the islands to the east, as well as the area around Lake Malar, up to the province of Uppsala in the north, down to the province of Kalmar in the south, and on the Baltic Sea islands off the coast.

    Hepatitis B occurs in Sweden. For longer visits or visits involving close contact with the local population, or with children and young people, the hepatitis B vaccine is recommended.

    A flu shot is recommended for at-risk groups during flu season.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Berlin , Klas Örjan
    Dalgangsliden 7
    SE-413 39 Möndal
    Sweden
    Tel. +46-31-3428252

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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