Gothenburg enjoys a position of national acclaim as one of Sweden's most beautiful cities. With a far more relaxed atmosphere than rival city Stockholm, Gothenburg also boasts better links to the rest of Europe, in particular Copenhagen.
Most of the main attractions can be found south of the Gӧta River, which bisects its way through the heart of the city. The beautiful architecture and charming cafes you'll discover as you wander streets offer a welcoming and exciting alternative to the usual city break destination.
Where better to start your exploration of the old town than Gustov Adolf Square (named after the town's founder), from here the city will unfold before you with all the main attractions easy walking distance away. The Maritime and City Museum are excellent as is the city shopping district and opera house.
Sweden is famous for being at the cutting edge of modern design and Rӧhssa Design Museum is perfect for admirers of creativity and ingenuity. Look out for the Carl Milles' Poseidon statue in Gӧtsplasen, discover the lively area of Avenyn, or head west to the historic cobbled streets of Haga.
Alternatively embark on a boat journey and visit the Bohuslän Coast or the island town of Marstrand both perfect retreats during the idyllic summer months.
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The Göta Canal is one of the most remarkable waterways in the world and an age-old link between Sweden's two largest cities. The Göta Canal Steamship Company carries passengers on original 19th century steamers through a river, 3 canals, 8 lakes, 2 seas and 66 locks between Gothenburg and Stockholm.
From the middle of November into early January, the beautiful Swedish city of Gothenburg is transformed into a winter wonderland of festive fun. Millions of colourful Christmas lights illuminate traditional markets packed with handicrafts and delicious yuletide treats.
Combine Sweden's two largest cities on this five-day tailor-made tour, staying at 4-star superior hotels and travelling across the country by train.
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The west coast of Sweden is a foodie's fantasy and this five-day self-drive tour gives a taste of its many flavours.
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