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.
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.
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.
The Smyrnakyrkan, also known as The Smyrna Church in Gothenburg, Sweden is said to be one of the prominent Pentecostal churches in the country. The congregation was founded in 1922 and firmly believe in enriching and building a worldwide community to improve the life of its people. The congregation carries out social work by providing groceries, educational seminars for youth, organizes events for the society and also carries out fellowship programs.
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.