At Scandinavia's largest amusement park, called Liseberg, you'll find rides ranging from child-friendly carousels to terrifying roller-coasters. The main stage offers concerts by many famous Swedish and international artists. The park is open daily May to August, on weekends only in April and September-October. Liseberg is also open for a short winter season, when you can enjoy a typical Swedish Christmas market and pony riding. Call ahead for varied dates.
One of Europe's largest and most alluring, the Gothenburg Botanical Garden stretches across 40 hectares (99 acres) of thematic enclaves and teeming greenhouses. This expertly choreographed landscape gives way to the wild appeal of the surrounding nature reserve and its winding trails. With over 16,000 species of plants on display, the botanical gardens are immensely diverse and beautifully composed to create lush, paradisical pockets of vegetation. Japanese landscape design intermingles with rock and herb gardens, while Europe's largest collection of tropical orchids bloom amid the greenhouses alongside a rare Easter Island tree that no longer exists in its original environment. The gardens also host an exciting array of exhibitions each year, as well as a year-round program of activities for visitors of all ages. A slice of Eden in Gothenburg, the Botanical Garden is akin to a landscape painted in vibrant hues and brought to life with a touch of magic.
Göteborgs Operan sports a main stage, a small stage, an elegant restaurant (with an excellent wine list and a menu separated into three acts), and various studios/workshops for everything from millinery and wig making to tanning and carpentry. High-tech methods co-exist with ancient painting methods and historical sewing techniques. Göteborgs Operan has its own choir, as well as a ballet company that has received a lot of acclaim.
There are several beautiful islands in Gothenburg's southern archipelago, nice for bathing and excursions: Asperö, Brännö, Styrsö and Vrångö, just to mention a few. You will find both beaches and cliffs. The islands have no automobile traffic; you get around on foot, bicycle or a three-wheel moped. The island of Brännö has several bathing areas, hostels and inns. Vrångö is popular for bathing and is situated furthest out in the archipelago. To get here, take tram 4 to its final stop, Saltholmen; then take a ferry out to the archipelago.
At this Museum you will learn about the history of the Volvo, from when it was founded by Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson in 1927 until today. Volvo translates to "I roll" and is still the most common car brand in Sweden. The company sold their car division to Ford in 1999 and it's now owned by the Chinese, Geely Automobile. The company is also a leading manufacturer of trucks, buses, construction equipment and other products. Various exhibitions are held in the museum featuring old and experimental cars, buses and a jet engine used by The Swedish Air Force. There is also a Volvo merchandise shop and a cafe in the museum.
Gothenburg's Backa Teater is very clear about the kind of audience it seeks to cater to. A theater known to entertain children, day-time shows are specially organized to accommodate them while the night shows understandably attract a more diverse audience. Resident musicians compose the music for every musical and drama held here, thus adding to the charm of this unpretentious little space. With a location in an old factory close to the ship-building yards, Backa continues to remain one of the city's firm favorites.
In the summer, Slottsskogen is filled with sunbathers and coffee-drinking locals enjoying the spacious park. There is a pool with seals, and you can watch them being fed in the afternoons. At Barnens Zoo the children can learn to play with animals in a safe and fun way. Refresh yourself at one of the several cafes and for the young children there is the Plikta playground. Slottskogen also plays host to some major concerts and festivals, especially in the summertime. Slottskogen is located next to Linnéplatsen, not very far from Gothenburg's city center.
Beerbliotek is a small brewery delighting patrons with eclectic varieties of beers. The brewery can accommodate groups of 50 and every tour lasts for three hours. Plockmat is served with the beers and guests can taste three beers in one tour. Klippans India Pale Ale, Little Brother Pale Ale, Belgian Black IPA, Nelson Sauvin Double IPA, IPA Amarillo Cascade Simcoe and the Imperial Mocha Stout are some of their must-try brews. At Beerbliotek, beers are constantly reinvented thereby letting patrons enjoy a wide range of flavors. The brewery is known for brewing over 30 beers, which is why it is one of the city's popular beer destinations.
Galleri Nils Åberg was established by the brother and sister duo, Nils and Ida Åberg. The Åberg art legacy began in 1969 when Kenneth Åberg established Galleri 69. Åberg and his gallery soon garnered much repute for their devotion to fine art and quality services. Today his legacy continues through his children, or the ArtTwins, as they are affectionately called. Apart from their father's private art collection, the siblings have also clearly inherited Kenneth's exceptional taste and keen eye for beauty. The Galleri Nils Åberg features a variety of carefully curated contemporary art pieces. The collection showcases new, obscure and upcoming Scandinavian artists, alongside international contemporary artists of global repute. Apart from its impressive art collection, the gallery is also renown for its impeccable services, offering its clients professional guidance and assistance. Artists who have been featured at the Galleri Nils Åberg include Andy Warhol, Sara Sandstrom, Roland Tilajcsik and Ernest Billgren.
Galleri Thomassen is a stunning modern art gallery that has garnered much repute since its establishment in 1990. The gallery features a clean, modern design that highlights the vivid colors, varied textures and rich beauty of each piece of art. The gallery works with a number of well-established Scandinavian, Swedish and German contemporary artists to put together 9 to 11 exhibitions each year. Galleri Thomassen also lends support to new and upcoming local artists, and has set aside the x-gallery as a space where such artists may showcase their work. Offering its clients a chance to explore the varied and vibrant world of contemporary art, Galleri Thomassen has come to be a popular haunt for art collectors and enthusiasts as well. The gallery has featured several contemporary artists including Ola Åstrand, Andrea Damp, Martin Formgren and Claes Hake.
Paddan sightseeing tours depart from Kungportsplatsen in the center of Gothenburg. These are well planned delightful guided boat tours of the canal and its many bridges. The canal was built during the 1600s. During the tour, you can enjoy the grand view of the fishing harbor, Eriksberg, Gothenburg opera house and the docks. The Paddan sightseeing tour is highly recommendable for all ages.
The Galleri Magnus Winström is a fabulous art gallery that hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery hosts contemporary art exhibitions, featuring work by renown artists the likes of Andy Warhol, alongside those produced by relatively unknown, up-coming artists. Artwork displayed at the gallery covers a range on media, including furniture, paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs. The gallery is a popular haunt amongst art enthusiasts and collectors, and has featured work by contemporary artists including Kent Karlsson, Anna Ekenstiern, John Brander, Jonathan Josefsson and Ida Lovisa Rudolph.