Gothenburg: tourist information

Gothenburg and the Västra Götaland region offer an exceptional combination of city life, culture and nature. Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, blends a distinct feeling of cosiness with the pulse of modern urban life. Gothenburg is easily accessible from various international destinations, is a major harbor city with the second largest airport in Sweden and serves as a hub within the Swedish railway network.


Gothenburg offers a wide diversity of culture and many places of interest, most of them located in the very heart of the city. Gothenburg is not only home to established venues such as the City Theatre and Folkteatern, the Gothenburg Opera House, the Art Museum and the Concert Hall with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, but you will also discover many theatres and cultural events which are free of charge.


Gothenburg is known for its fine, locally produced ingredients and first class restaurant life. It is also a first-class shopping destination and an ideal venue for meetings, trade fairs and conferences.


Gothenburg has a long and successful tradition of trade and industry and some of Scandinavia's best-known corporations, such as Volvo, SKF, ESAB and Hasselblad, have their origins and head offices here. A significant proportion of Sweden's exports and imports pass through Gothenburg's port, the largest in Scandinavia.



One of the many reasons to visit Gothenburg and Western Sweden is definitely the food. Four restaurants in Gothenburg have been acknowledged with a star in the Michelin Guide. Since the convention centre is located in central Gothenburg, restaurants in different price ranges and categories are within walking distance of the venue and the hotels.


Shopping in Gothenburg

Gothenburg is a brilliant city for shopping. You can find just about anything within a short walking distance of the city centre. There is no shortage of interesting shops right in the heart of the city and if you feel like exploring – or taking a short tram ride – then Järntorget, Linnéstaden, Haga old town, Vasastaden and the main boulevard, Avenyn, offer great shopping possibilities too. Big brand names jostle for space with small specialist shops. Trendy, traditional, cool, essential, exclusive or inexpensive – you'll find them all. NK and Nordstan are the two most well-known indoor shopping malls in the city centre, where you will find everything you need.


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