Spend the Weekend in Gothenburg, Sweden

Sweden’s second city is nowhere near as big and famous as Stockholm, but it’s perfect for a short break.  It’s small enough to explore with ease yet big enough to have plenty to do, plus it’s cheaper than the capital too.  The Liseberg Amusement Park is smack bang in the middle of the city, and is Sweden’s most popular tourist attraction.  It has plenty of hair-raising rides and rollercoasters.

Other city highlights include the Rohsska Museet, the only design museum in Sweden; Varldskulturmuseet, a cutting-edge museum of world culture; the Universeum science discovery centre – complete with an indoor reinforest; and the spectacular waterfront Opera House.

Gothenburg has a long maritime tradition (it’s not all rampaging Vikings).  Don’t miss the Stadsmuseum, where you can see Sweden’s only remaining Viking longboat; the Sjofartsmuseet maritime history museum; and the Maritman, which is the largest floating ship museum in the world and has 19 ships including a Swedish navy destroyer and a submarine, for you to explore.

As it’s located on the coast Gothenburg has an abundance of fresh, delicious seafood on offer.  Pickled herring is a speciality, particularly when it is served with a tangy sauce.  You can find it at the Feskekorka, also known as the ‘Fish Church’, a huge indoor seafood market.

The Haga district is home to traditional wooden buildings, and interesting shops and cafes.  It’s a great place to wander around, while the nearby Linne district is a bohemian yet trendy blend of restaurants and bars.

The Southern Archipelago is a series of islands less then a 30-minutes ferry ride from the city centre.  These idyllic retreats are free of cars and great for exploring on foot or by bike.  An hour or two north of Gothenburg is the Bahuslan Coast, famed for its rugged beauty.

Gothenburg is also the home of car manufacturer Volvo.  Visit the car brand’s museum, located 8km from the city, for a look at safe, conservative motoring.