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GMT +1 hours

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Gothenburg

Waterways, cobbled streets and leafy boulevards

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second city. It’s a pretty, stylish place that was once a part of Sweden’s industrial heartland. Today Gothenburg has reinvented itself as an edgy, cool holiday spot.

It is a compact city, which you’ll find easily walkable. Another great way to explore is to take a boat tour of the waterways that dissect the city and its attractions.

Avenyn, the city’s main boulevard, lined with upscale boutiques and bars. Grab a coffee and relax as you watch the trams rattle past and city life go by. Don’t miss the side streets where quirky shops and bohemian cafes can be found.

The city boasts a an exciting experimental foodie scene. You’ll find it has many more Michelin-starred restaurants than other comparable cities. Fresh seafood simply doesn’t get much fresher, and Klädesholmen, the herring capital of Sweden, is also nearby. If you fancy it, you can roll up your sleeves and head off on a lobster safari.

Gothenburg rewards the dedicated flâneur. You’ll stumble on plenty of museums, hip old industrial districts now filled art galleries and relaxing parks.

And, should all that urban cool become too much, you can escape to the islands to enjoy a day on the beaches of Brännö or Strysö. These offer a refreshingly uncomplicated contrast to Gothenburg’s creative frenzy.

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