8 things you should definitely see and taste in Gothenburg

25.10.2015 BY

A cozy Gothenburg is placed in a south-western part of Sweden, right in a heart of Scandinavia - just in between Oslo and Copenhagen. While most of tourists do prefer Stockholm or anyway miss this town, going straight to marvelous archipelagos with their amazing nature, locals are really fond of Gothenburg, so, I suppose, we should also pay more attention to it. Trust me, there is so much to be done, seen and tasted in the cultural, musical and culinary capital of Sweden! I have already chosen some of the must do'es, that will help you to understand an atmosphere and way of living in this city a little better.

How to get to Gothenburg

Despite there are no flights to Gothenburg from Russia, it's still quite easy to get there. Most of the people do choose a high speed train from Stockholm (it normally takes about 3 hours), but I, for example, was flying from Helsinki (what is about two hours).  

By the way, during my connection I was thinking about how unlucky this city with its name is. The thing is there is a special Swedish "o" with two dots in Goteborg and in English version it somehow received additional "n" (I always think of Gothem-city from "Batman", when writing this one!). It goes without saying, after such transformations it becomes even more difficult for Russians to make a right translation. 

How to spend a day in Gothenburg

Gothenburg is city only 450 square km's big (try to tell singaporians with their 700 square km's countries, that it's small!:) ) and has 500 000 people in it. But its 400 years history turned it into an authentic and incredibly interesting place with the warmest, despite a cold climate, atmosphere. 

Locals are never in a hurry. They probably don't even know how to be in! They are more about meeting in cafes for coffee and talking for ages. Coffee in Sweden is some kind of a relegion. Locals believe, that due to their georaphical position, they don't receive enough of day light, so they never have curtains and drink a lot of coffee. Let's begin with the last one! 

1. Fika. After arriving in Gothenburg, go immediately for your "fika" (or "a coffee break"). Fika is probably one of the greatest food-traditions in Sweden. It's a small 15-minutes break from work, normally not only with coffee, but with some pastries as well. I really suggest to choose kannelbulle if you're a tourist, because those cinnamon buns are literally one of swedish symbols. Locals usually have a minimum of two such fikas per day. But a highest point is not limited (what goes perfectly with their love to healthy and sporty lifestyle). By the way, do never have fika alone! It is made for a cute company:) 

Of course, great coffee and pastries are offered everywhere here (even in supermarkets they often have corners with fika!), but the most delicious drink is surved in da Matteo. They also bake tasty bread and pastries there. 

2. Wooden roller coaster in Liseberg. The biggest amusement park in Sweden and all the Scandinavia is situated here, in Gothenburg. This one is a miracle comming true for its 3 millions annual visitors (what is not always happening in a way too commercial Disneyland for example). A lot of really cool attractions can be found here: a lottery for a giant chocos (looks like every visitor, excluding us, was a lucky winner that day!), world's (or only Europe's, I'm not quite sure) highest free falling tower AtmosFear with a 109 kms per hour speed, but the most exiting one is a wooden roller coaster Balder, that was built in 2003 and was named the best wooden attraction in the world twice! You know what? Probably, I have found the best roller coaster on Earth: not to scary, not to childish. A pure joy! And what an unusual feeling - to know that all these is made of wood! 

By the way, Liseberg is only opened during the summer period. They also open it from 24th of October up to the 1st of Movember for Halloween (an entrance fee is 90 Sweden krones (less than 10 euro) or free for those kids, who are yet lover than 110 sm and the most expencive ticket, that includes no queueing an all possible additional facilities will cost you 295 krones or 31 euro). Park also operates on Christmas (all December long, to be more precise). During this month everything here is covered with snow and ice to skate, Christmas markets are working and special food is being made. A very special moment!!

3. A poll for a brave ones in Upper House. After having enough fun on the wooden roller coaster in Liseberg, visit Upper House hotel's SPA right on the other side of the road. This one is lockated on the upper floors of Gothenburg's highest towers - Gothia Towers and has absolutely astonishing views. But I will show you pictures of the hotel a little latter and now it's time for a very special pool. Built on a 19th floor, it looks just like a common balcony from the otside. But inside... it has a glass bottom! A glass bottom as high as 19 floors! Can you imagine that? What an experience! Those, who are not staying in a hotel, should pay 595 krones (63 euros) to enter SPA-zone on weekdays and 795 krones (85 euros) - on weekends and Christmas.  

Unfrotunately, I couldn't make the pictures of that exactly pool, cause it was yet closed early in the morning, when I finally came with my camera, but here is another good option:

4. World's Champion longdrink. To drink out a stress from swimming inthat crazy pool (many of you will need it, trust me!), head to the Clarion Hotel Post, a hotel, that used to be a post, as you could probably already understand. That is so coo, that they still keep this tradition - to have all the best in hotels - in Sweden. I keep on thinking about all that classical literature, where the main heroes permanently move from one hotel to another to have fun:)

Windsome Dosa Ivanov - the winner of a "Best Barmen in Sweden" title for many times and the one who had many victories in international competitions (by the way, he once again became the best in Bulgaria last week!) - works in Clarion Hotel Post. He is especially good in longdrinks, by the way. In year 2014 the main theme for competing longs was... tea! This ingredient was meant to be combined with a lot of others and added with the best flavors, outlook and so on in a limited time. The one, mady by Dosa and called "Tea Party", was named the best! You can now try it here!

By the way, now you can probably also taste this year's champion  - Grand Horizon. According to the photos, I've seen online, it looks really aristocratic!

Dosa is also a perfect person to chat with - so interesting and communicative! Make your best to visit him during the day, cause at nights this place can get really crowdy:)

5. Prince Karl-Philipp wedding cake. In order to try the cake, worth eating at a royal wedding, stay here, at Clarion Hotel Post & Norda Bar & Grill, where a cutie confectioner Patrik Fredriksson works (a list long number of titles is included - Gothenburg is called the culinary capital of Sweden for some reasons!). He was in a team to creat the royal wedding cake this summer. And he also creates amazing desserts, that break all the gravity rules (visit his Instagram @patrik_fredriksson!), but for those, who are more about eating, not only observing also offers a variation of that famous royal cake now. He says, that they completely kept the recipe and only changed an outlook to make it available for a larger amount of people.

Oh girls, honestly, if a Heaven exists, it was all in my mouth that moment! I have never ever yet tried a dessert more delicious. As airy as the cloud and tastes like a summer itself! I truly believe, that whenever someone eats that cake, somewhere on Earth a new butterfly is born. Amazing! 

6. Haga district. You will definitely need some walk after getting the culinary side of Gothenburg to know a little closer:) Just a few minutes walk from hotel there is the most trendy district of modern Gothenburg - Haga. What's interesting about this place is that it used to have a really bad reputation of the district inhabited by working class and being the first suburb of the city. But after a renowation in year 1980, turned into a real place of interest for people of different interests. 

Visit the walking street Haga Nygata first. Besides an amazing architecture, there is also a largest number of antique boutiques in here, as well as a luxurious Art Nouveau styled SPA "Hagabadet"  and, of course, hundreds of cafes for anothe fika (by the way, one of those - "Husaren" - is believed to be the founders of that cinnamon buns I already told about! They now serve the world's largest buns in there!).

After having a walk through this street, head to the hill of a Skansen Kronan Castle - it has one more memorable view to the city and the port of Gothenburg.

7. Fish market "Feskekorka". One more legendary sight is lockated in a city center - a fish market, placed in a building that looks like a Gothic church. By the wy, its name "Feskekorka" is also translated as a "Fish church" from swedish. Gothenburg is proud of its fresh seafood, so this one is a must! Sea inhabitants grow slower in a salted, clean and fresh water, so they are really delicious here.

One of the traditional appetizers to try here is a shrimp sandwich, made of literally a mountain of shrimps:) Those unique Gothenburg shrimps are only caught at night and should be sold before 6 o'clock in the evening!

And if you're eager to try something more thorough, choose any fish or seafood in Feskekorka and head to the nearest restaurant, called "Gabriel" - they will cook it for you with pleasure. Yet another champion is a chef here - Johan Malm was named world champion in oysters opening. 

8. "Viking" ship. While talking about sea, let's visit one more famous Gothenburg sight - danish ship "Viking", that stayes in the port since 1950. Previously it was used as a transport and than was gifted to the city. But there is also an interesting legend about this one - people say, that locals so loved this ship, that once they've built a bridge nearby port, that was a little lower than the ship's masts, so that it couldn't leave the city anymore:)

Today there is a hotel and several swedish as well as international cuisine restaurants on board of "Viking".

Some more facts about Gothenburg

Of course, there is a lot more to be done and seen in this wonderful place. A beautiful tiny streets in a historical center, perfect shopping and a giant shops with sweets (don't forget to bring some licorice home. In my opinion, it's just impossible to eat, but always so funny to look, how others are trying!).

But I just can't tell you about everything, because Gothenburg is unique for each person. Just the very last recommendation: don't hesitate to buy your Gothenburg City Card - besides an unlimited ticket to public transport it's also a perfect way to save money for intertainments. During the low season it will only cost you 335 krones (36 euros) for 48 hours (what is 35% cheaper, than in summer).

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