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.
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.
Universeum, the biggest science center in Scandinavia features seven floors of fun! Go to the rain forest and see frogs, cockroaches and an anaconda swamp, or maybe have a look at the section with venomous snakes. There's an aquarium with sharks and rays. In the technology department you can find a crime lab, walk in space and try your weather reporting skills. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as you can easily put aside a whole day for exploring this place. If you find yourself hungry there is a cafe on the ground floor.
Stadsmuseet is housed in a building commissioned by the Swedish East India Company in the eighteenth century. This museum of cultural history has collections of items gathered from Gothenburg as well as the rest of the world, from a wide variety of eras. On the last Sunday in every month between January and May, the museum organizes special family displays at 12:15p and 2p. In the spring, many of the Vetenskapsfestivalen (International Science Festival) events take place here.
Lilla Torget (the Little Square) is an old market square dating from the middle of the 19th Century where wood furniture and other goods were sold. Known colloquially as Trätorget (Wood Market), Lilla Torget is located southwest of the harbor canal where many buyers arrived in their small boats. Along with the restaurants and shops that line the square, there is also a statue of Johan Alströmer (1685-1761), the man who introduced the potato to Sweden in 1724. These days, the square functions as a bus stop and is only a short walk from the city center.
The west coast's oldest archipelago steamboat is Ångaren Bohuslän. During the summer it offers several cruises to the archipelago, Marstrand and the coast of Bohus. There are also tours along the river Göta Älv. These are nice tours in a culturally and technically historic environment. The crew consists entirely of volunteers, and all profits go towards the maintenance and renovation of the boat. All the tours depart from Stenpiren.
Galleri 54 is a non-commercial art center that has been around since 1957. The gallery is run by the artistes of Group 54, founded in 1954, with the aim of presenting interesting contemporary art from Sweden and abroad, not previously shown to the Gothenburg audience. The gallery is situated in a flat, in central Gothenburg, over three rooms. There is also a special project room, and a lounge with art magazines and a small video collection.
Hammarkullen is one of the most famous areas in Hjallbo district. This area is a cultural hub not only for the locals, but it attracts a mix of ethnicities and cultures, thereby giving rise to the various cuisines and aesthetics to the area. The area is also known to host the annual Hammarkulle Carnival which culminates with mixed cultures coming together and enjoying themselves. Here, the Persian New Year is also celebrated on a large scale with many people from the Middle East coming by for the fiesta.
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.
Stora Amundön island is situated 16 kilometers (9 miles) south of the city center, in Brottskär. The island is linked to the mainland by a small bridge. There are both cliffs and sandy beaches to admire here; mainly cliffs, though. If you don't feel like swimming, there are several areas perfect for strolls, with ancient monuments and a nice nature path. The nature on the island is very beautiful, with plenty of birds and nature to observe. Toilet facilities are available on the island. To get there, take tram 1 to Frölunda Torg and bus 89 from there to Brottskär.