Discover Gothenburg

Enjoy all that the city has to offer; world class restaurants, shopping or the simple life of the archipelago. 

Gothenburg is encircled by rocky shoreline, deep forests, tranquil lakes and the surging sea. The city is also a foodie paradise, great for shopping and filled with interesting sites.

No other Swedish city gives such easy access to nature. Right on the doorstep are wide open spaces and magical islands. Gothenburg is a green city with a vibrant cultural scene, world-class restaurants and a fascinating history. At the same time adventure is never far away. There is always an island waiting to be explored or a mountain to master from the saddle of your bike. With its light summer evenings, colourful autumn days and snow-blanketed winter mornings, Gothenburg is where you can experience the real Sweden.

Find your way during European Choir Games Gothenburg

To see where the competitions and concerts are located, and how to get there, make sure to download this map of Gothenburg.

See and do

Helix, Liseberg. Copyright: Steampipe Production Studio AB/Göteborg & Co

LISEBERG
Liseberg is the largest amusement park in Scandinavia and an amazing place to visit. Apart from all the terrific rides, there are great restaurants, gardens and playgrounds for kids.

UNIVERSEUM
Universeum is Scandinavia’s largest science centre and located close to Liseberg amusement park. Watch the sharks or take a walk through the tropical rainforest!

GOTHENBURG MUSEUM OF ART
The Gothenburg Museum of Art boasts one of the finest art collections in Northern Europe with works by Picasso, Rembrandt, Monet and Nordic painters such as Edward Munch, P.S. Krøyer and Carl Larsson.

THE GOTHENBURG ARCHIPELAGO
The archipelago consists of over 20 islands with an endless amount of gems to discover. You do not have to travel far from the city to find charming villages, stunning nature and lovely beaches. Seal safaris, fishing and boat excursions are just some of the activities available here. Catch the public ferry from Stenpiren! Find the time tables for public transport here.

SHOPPING
Hip designer stores, small boutiques, large warehouses – Gothenburg has it all. On the narrow streets of the city centre, you will find everything you desire. And if you want to shop like a local, keep an extra eye open for denim, interior design and vintage. Read more about where to shop in Gothenburg.

Food and drinks

Tredje Långgatan. Copyright: Frida Winter/Göteborg & Co.

SEAFOOD
Gothenburg is a paradise for foodies and seafood fans. You should try at least one of the “big five” of the Swedish west coast: shrimp, oysters, crayfish, mussels, and lobster. Make sure to visit the fish market hall Feskekôrka.

LOCAL CRAFT BEER
There are at least 25 craft beer breweries in Gothenburg and the city is a well-known hub among beer connoisseurs. Visit Brewers Beer Bar at Tredje Långgatan or Tullen at Kungsportsavenyn and order a glass from local brewers such as Dugges, All in Brewery, or Stigbergets Bryggerier if you are feeling thirsty and curious.

STAR CHEFS AND AWARDED RESTAURANTS
Gothenburg has 6 restaurants with one star each in the Michelin Guide. Some of these have been in the game for ages and some are relatively new. What they all seem to have in common is the focus on local ingredients. Head to Thörnströms Kök, Bhoga, Upper House, Koka, 28+, or SK Mat och Människor.

ORGANIC IS TAKING OVER
Organic food is a big thing in Gothenburg, and not only at the restaurants. In fact, all the public kitchens in the city (including schools and pre-schools) are currently switching to 100% organic food.

SWEDISH FIKA
In Sweden, coffee breaks are almost holy and there is always a good reason to have a “fika”. It may not sound so special but the Swedes are very serious about this little ritual which often includes a cinnamon bun or a cake. Try a fika at one of the cafés in the Haga neighbourhood.

Events

Gothenburg will be an amazing place for music lovers in August. Along with the European Choir Games there are multiple events taking part during this period.

Way out West. Copyright: Peter Kvarnström/Göteborg & Co

WAY OUT WEST, AUGUST 8-10
This year’s music and film festival Way Out West will present stars such as Cardi B, James Blake and The Cure.

GOTHENBURG CULTURE FESTIVAL, AUGUST 6-11
Enjoy tasty food from around the world and free culture in all forms. Gothenburg Culture Festival is loved by locals and visitors alike.

Sweden is a country of singers

Copyright: Kultur i Väst/Ann-Charlotte Rugfelt

Did you know that about 6 percent, or 600 000, of the Swedes take part in choral activities and singing? It makes it a big part of many peoples everyday life.

Gothenburg’s and West Sweden’s choral community is big and lively. There’s practically a choir for every genre, from pop to baroque music!

Apart from all the church choirs, Gothenburg has its Academy of Music and Drama, its famous opera house and the Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble. Just to name a few.

Choir-singing has played an important role in shaping the Swedish society and still today choral activities help building bridges between people. One of the finest examples of this is the international music camp for children, Side by Side by El Sistema, that takes place in Gothenburg every year.

Do you want to know more about the choral community in Region Västra Götaland? Visit Choir Centre West and read more.