The "Guest Harbour" with the famous office building Lilla Bommen 1, jokingly referred to as the Lipstick building, in the background
Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborg, pronounced "Yeutebory") is the second largest city in Sweden with approximately 500,000 inhabitants (2008) in the municipality. It is situated on Sweden's west coast at the outlet of the Göta river. With over 60,000 students Gothenburg University is the largest in Scandinavia. Gothenburg has a reputation of being a friendly place, even more welcoming than the Swedish capital.
With neighboring provinces Halland and Bohuslän under Danish rule, the Göta River used to be Sweden's only western port, since the 14th century guarded by a fort named Älvsborg.
The city of Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by King, Gustav II Adolf, during the height of the Swedish Empire. It was once the center of the Swedish ship-building industry, but with rising competition from foreign ship yards, many of the dry docks closed down during the late 20th century. Much of the inner harbor area has changed from industrial ship building to high technology and education, representative of the general change in the city. Today Gothenburg has both international sporting events, concerts, and conventions as well as a small town feel.
An industrial town, Gothenburg has been a stronghold of the Social Democratic Party.
The working-class history is easily visible, for example in the harbour area. Traditionally there has been few fashion houses or posh cafeterias, but that has changed in recent years with the reconstruction of the indoor malls in the city centre and with the opening of quite a number of American-styled coffee shops. In the city centre, where the university is located, there are many students.
The intonation (which is however neither a dialect nor an accent) of the Gothenburgers is, for other Swedes, associated with cheerfulness and witty humour.
There are two tourist information offices in central Gothenburg - one in the Nordstan shopping center (next to the central train station) and one on Kungsportsplatsen about ten minutes walk from Nordstan. Gothenburg's official tourist website  is another source of information. They offer the Gothenburg City Pass which allows entry into many tourist attractions, grand houses, museums as well as offering free travel on trams and buses and free parking. Recently, this pass was made available to people's mobile phones making it not only the most cost effective means of sight seeing but also the most convenient.
In case official tourist information is unavailable, Gothenburgers are usually more than willing to help.
Landvetter Airport (IATA: GOT)  is Gothenburg's main airport, located 25 km east of the city. About 30 airlines fly to Landvetter e.g. SAS , Lufthansa , KLM  and Finnair .
There is a Flygbussarna  bus service into the city which runs every 20 minutes, costs 89 SEK one way (177 SEK return) if bought online (otherwise 10 SEK extra), and the journey takes 30 minutes. It stops at several locations (first stop near Liseberg; final stop: the Nils Ericson Bus terminal where the Central Train Station is).
A much cheaper option is taking local bus 511, which runs every 30 minutes to Landvetter centrum, from where a suburban bus, Röd Express, connects to the central station, stopping at the same places as Flybussarna en route. Total travel time is 45 minutes and the price 58 SEK (44 SEK for people under 20).
Gothenburg City Airport (IATA: GSE)  was previously known as Säve Airport. This is definitely in the 'small' category of airport, and you should expect to wait a while for your bags. It is closer to Gothenburg than Landvetter. Ryanair , Wizz Air  and Gotlandsflyg  are the only airlines that use it, connecting to cities such as Budapest, Belgrade, Edinburgh, London, Milan (Bergamo), Rome and Warsaw. (Book online ahead of time).
The Flygbussarna  bus (cost SEK 69, return SEK 129, SEK 10 extra if you don't pay online) meets each flight, and takes you to the bus (Nils Ericson Bus Terminal, located inside the central station) and train terminal in 30 minutes.
Alternatively, there is a bus stop at Högstena, 500 metres from the terminal, from where local bus 36 goes to Vågmästareplatsen, where you can change to a tram to get to the central station. This takes 35 minutes in total and costs 24 SEK (18 SEK for people under 20).
Centralstationen (tram Centralstationen/Drottningtorget) is the main rail station in Gothenburg. From Copenhagen, there are hourly Öresundståg trains which take 3 hours 50 minutes and cost 447 SEK (267 SEK for people below 20); the train also stops at Copenhagen Airport. You can often save half an hour by changing at Malmö from the Öresundståg to the SJ high-speed train to Göteborg; however, the high-speed train needs to be booked in advance (which can be done together with the Öresundståg) and only run every 2-3 hours so check out this site first  in advance High-speed trains connect with Stockholm in about three hours. Finally, NSB trains run from Oslo in Norway to Göteborg in 3 hours 40 minutes, stopping at Rygge airport which has a handful of flights with Norwegian and is where most Ryanair flights to Oslo arrive.
A daily night train connects with the northern Swedish cities of Luleå and Umeå.
Also, a new private luxury train named Blå Tåget travels the route Gothenburg-Stockholm-Uppsala daily except Fridays. Journey times are longer than SJ fast-trains but the train boasts generous seating, free WiFi (which, however, is also present on SJ:s high-speed trains) and includes an onboard restaurant.
Be aware that parking in Gothenburg can be difficult and expensive, as free parking is rarely found. Prices per hour vary between 7 different zones and can be as high as 25 SEK per hour. Free parking on some areas is included in the Gothenburg pass  if you happen to own one. However, there is no guarantee that you will find a free spot. In any case, expect to spend some time looking for a spot, and expect to be forced to walk quite some distance. The closer you are to the city centre the more this is true.
Since January 2013 there is a congestion charge (Trängelseskatt) inside the city for all cars with Swedish number plates, which means that you have to pay 8, 13 or 18 SEK each time you pass one of the borders, depending on the time . Your number plate will be recognized by cameras above you. You don't pay between 18:30 and 5:59 and on Saturdays and Sundays.
Also remember that getting around by car is very difficult in the city. Inner Gothenburg is a maze of one-way streets and blocked roads. Bigger junctions can be very chaotic and hard to navigate. Often it is not very clear whether you are actually allowed to enter a street by car or not, especially the inner-city area around Nordstan, Brunnsparken and Korsvägen (Svenska Mässan/Liseberg) is very chaotic. Expect to be stuck between two trams and to wonder whether you are allowed to be there or not.
One-way streets and blocked roads mean you often have to deviate from the direct way - the way you walk is not the way to drive! If you do not know the city very well, driving without a GPS can be very stressful. If you plan to park your car on the road overnight make sure to bring enough coins to feed the meters, as only some of them accept credit cards. Small shops may be unwilling to change your notes, you are not the only one who needs coins for parking. If you park without a valid permit, too close to a junction or otherwise not fully compliant with regulations you will be fined, and fines start around 800 SEK.
Some words of caution:
Sweden has a general right-before-left rule. That means if there is no sign or traffic light, a vehicle coming to a junction has the right of way over all vehicles from the left, and has to yield to all vehicles coming from the right. However, this rule is not applied in Gothenburg! Do not expect anyone to stop for you just because you come from the right! Instead, the vehicle (car, bus, cycle) on the "main" road (huvudleden) takes right of way over the vehicle on the lesser road. As the ranking of roads may be a bit unclear at times, use caution when unsure, but in general this rule works very well. A "huvudled" is marked by a yellow sign with black borders.
There are trams in Gothenburg, and they have (and take) the right of way over anything else. They may be coming from behind and turning in front of you, so watch out whenever you are near their tracks.
In Gothenburg, like in the rest of Sweden, Zebra crossings for pedestrians really mean you have to stop for anyone crossing the road. Pedestrians and cyclists will expect you to yield.
Especially in the dark, watch out for the numerous speed bumps. Some of them are quite violent. Expect them at every pedestrian crossing. They are also indicated by small signs on each side of the road - watch out for these in the dark.
Several coach services operate in and out of Gothenburg including Eurolines , Säfflebussen  GoByBus  Bus4you  and Swebus Express . Nils Ericsson Terminalen, located in connection with the central station, is the most common bus stop.
Stena Line operates ships to/from Denmark (Frederikshavn) and Germany (Kiel).
The terminals are situated near the city centre. Tramway stops: Masthuggstorget (Frederikshavn), Chapmans Torg (Kiel).
DFDS Torline is a cargo line with limited passenger capacity. They can take a small number of passengers (and their car) to Gothenburg from Belgium (Ghent) and United Kingdom (Immingham and Tilbury).
Public transportation within Gothenburg (and the west of Sweden) is operated by Västtrafik  and consists of trams, buses and ferries. You can find more information about tickets and a journey planner on their homepage.
Public transport in Gothenburg can be very slow: For example, to cross one side of the city to the other can take up to an hour (to cross 10km). However, inside the central area, transport is fairly rapid.
The local transport company (Västtrafik) have removed maps from just about all tram stops, be prepared, have a map ready before you get here. If you own a smartphone, downloading Västtrafiks app "Reseplaneraren", will help greatly. With it you can just type in the adress or tram/bus stop that you want to go to, and it will suggest the best route. If completely lost, you can also use the "nuvarande position" (current position) feature, to get you back on track.
Since 1 December 2009 you cannot buy tickets from the driver on any buses or trams in the Västtrafik system.
From February 2013 you have to sign up for SMS tickets before you buy them. Register here.
(All prices actualized March 2013)
1, 3 or 30 day ticket
Tourists and others planning to travel everyday are advised to buy a 1, 3 or 30 day ticket. A blue card called the Västtrafik card is charged with ticket information. They are bought at Västtrafik's service centres or from seven-eleven or Pressbyrån or some other stores. They cost 80 kr (1 day), 160 kr (3 days) and 505 kr (30 days) inside Gothenburg. One can also buy a tourist card from the tourist office which is valid as a tram/bus ticket and for museum entrance fees etc. More info on tourist tickets.
5 trips card
You could also get a five trips card, valid for exactly five trips for 93 kr. More information
If you only travel occasionally, you can either buy tickets at 7-eleven, the Västtrafik "Tidpunkten" customer service centers, the Pressbyrån shops, from the blue ticket machines on the trams - which accepts coins or major credit cards, or via sms if you have a Swedish mobile phone account. During daytime the cost is 24 SEK for an adult within the city zone. During night time you usually pay double the normal price.
If you will be travelling more often it might be a good idea to buy a prepaid västtrafik card that also gives a discount. This card can be charged with any amount at a time until the card contains a maximum of 1500 SEK. In addition you must pay a 50 SEK deposit which can be used in part to pay for your trip, but if any of the deposit money is used, another trip cannot be made until you recharge the card again. If you return the card to a Västtrafik service center the deposit will be refunded to you.
If you travel within one zone a fixed price is deducted from your card, which is SEK 18.60 for an adult within the Gothenburg zone. If you travel across a zone border the journey will be more expensive. With the exception of the southern part of tram no. 4 (all stops from Krokslätts Torg to Mölndals Centrum) the entire tram system lies within the Göteborg municipality.
The card is used by holding it to one of the card readers in the vehicle when you board. If you intend to travel in more than one zone you must press the + button on the card reader before showing it. When you leave the vehicle show it again to the reader (otherwise, you will be charged for a journey to the terminal destination of the bus/tram). If you are not sure if you cross a zone, you can always press + before and check out afterwards as the system will then always deduct the correct amount and you will not have to bother about the zones.
The Västtrafik card can be bought from Västtrafik's service centres or from most convenience stores.
You can change freely between buses, ferries and trams 90 minutes after you first used your ticket. If you traveled in more than one zone the 90 minutes time will count from the time you disembarked in the last zone. When travelling between zones, remember to always check in and touch out on each separate vehicle - otherwise you will be charged for each as separate journeys.
One should know that it might seem easy to get on one of the buses or trams without a valid ticket, but if a biljettkontrollant (ticket controller) would find out, you will be charged with a fee of 1200 SEK.
Gothenburg public transport network map: map of tram and trunk bus lines ; map of "Express" buses and commuter trains
Gothenburg has a famous network of trams that covers most of the city. With over 150 km the Gothenburg tram is the largest light rail network in Scandinavia.
The network consists of 12 tram lines, 1 to 11 and 13, and every line except no 8 and 13 passes through the main tram stop Brunnsparken ('Well Park'). It is located one tram stop or a 2 minute walk from the train station, Centralstationen. The trams runs approximately every 8-10 minutes during daylight and twice every hour at night, at weekends the trams run every 15-30 minutes. Notice that not all lines runs nighttime.
This and the boats Paddan (operating from Kungsportsplatsen) is the best way to see the city as they run above ground at a comfortable yet quick pace.
Tram and stombuss (trunk bus lines) are the most efficient way to travel within the city centre, but if you're planning to go further you might need to go by bus. Bus lines heading in the same direction often departs from the same part of the city. No real equivalent thing to the tram stop Brunnsparken exists - they are divided into several "smaller" hubs, which you often reach by tram.
There are several express bus lines leaving the city and connecting to the far outskirts and cities and towns around Gothenburg. Other than the inner-city buses these have comfortable seats, are usually clean and travel quickly.
Two ferry services run across the river; Älvsnabben is the regular ferry service with traffic every thirty minutes, and Älvsnabbare that only run between Rosenlund and Lindholmspiren (free of charge) during work hours. Besides transport, this can be a good way to see the city from the river.
Ferries to the southern archipelago run from Saltholmen, with three different lines: Vrångö line, Brännö Rödsten line and the less trafficated Förö line. The service runs once an hour or less.
Styrsöbolaget  run the ferry services under licence of Västtrafik - you can still use the city public transport ticket. On their homepage can you find time tables and more information about the islands.
There are several taxi companies, for example Taxi Göteborg (031-650000), Taxi Kurir (031-272727) and Minitaxi (031-140140).
Taxi fares in Gothenburg are not regulated and are therefore very expensive. Initial fare from 35 SEK, and then from 10 to 14 SEK/km, plus a by-the-minute charge. Every taxi must have comparing prices well visible according to law, example:  and it's often placed in the window. No 1 is daytime, no 2 is rush hour and no 3 is for night time service, and then you see the initial fare, price per hour, price per kilometre and comparing prices for a typical journey.
The lowest comparing price (the one printed big and in bold letters on the window sign) that you can expect is around 300 SEK for regular taxis, around 260 SEK for the Minitaxi cabs (recognisable by their wine-red paint job).
While the comparison prices are for a 10km journey taking 15 minutes, expect real-live prices to be much higher: a 4km trip in the city could easily cost you 200 SEK.
Taxis in Gothenburg are generally clean, safe and have helpful drivers.
However, illegal taxis, called "svarttaxi", are also operating, particularly during Friday and Saturday nights. They are recognized by the anonymous paint jobs and the lack of a meter. They are generally cheaper, but using them is not advised, particularly for women or drunk passengers, since muggings and rapes have occurred involving illegal taxis.
Gothenburg has a nice network of bicycle paths, reaching all parts of the city. You can buy network maps at the tourist information centres, and you can find an online version below.
You can bring your bike on the ferries, on some trains but not on trams or buses. The service is free on Älvsnabben but cost 10 SEK on the ferries in the southern archipelago.
You can rent a bike from Cykelkungen  or if you are staying at a hostel they can often provide it for you.
In the most central parts there are an automated loan bike system , by reserving an amount on your credit card they are free to use. The bikes are supposed to be used for only 30 minutes and then replaced in another place.
With a compact city centre most sights are easily reached by foot, and it's a nice way to get around.
Popular walks around the city includes the nature reserve around the lake Delsjön, the park Slottskogen, the botanical garden, on any of the islands in the southern archipelago, or in the neighborhood Haga.
Skansen Kronan (Crown Keep) is a hilltop fortification, southwest of the city center, built in the 17th century. It has been used as a prison during the 19th century and as a military museum in the 20th century. Today, there is a restaurant and conference facility. In the old army barracks next to it, there is a summer café serving home baked goods and ice cream. Its twin Skansen Lejonet (Lion Keep) unfortunately finds itself in the middle of a railroad and industrial area but guided tours are held the first and third Sunday of every month.
Close to Skansen Kronan is Haga, a city district with picturesque wooden houses from the 19th century. Don't forget to explore the more bohemian Långgatan streets (Första, Andra, Tredje and Fjärde Långgatan) nearby.
The indoor Fish Market, called "Feskekôrka" (Fish Church) because of the shape of the building, is located by the canal near the harbor.
The Skansen Kronan is positioned atop a steep hill in the city's centre
Gothenburg Art Museum (Göteborgs Konstmuseum), Götaplatsen, . Housed in a magnificent edifice flanked by the theater and concert hall, it features a world-class collection of Nordic art. The adjacent Hasselblad Center periodically holds public exhibitions, and the Art Hall (free entrance)  features contemporary art.
Gothenburg City Museum (Göteborgs Stadsmuseum), Norra Hamngatan 12, . Covers the history of the city and region from prehistoric times to the present, with emphasis on the 19th-century Swedish East India Company, which was once housed in the building.
Universeum, Södra Vägen 50 (Liseberg), . A new museum focusing on the environment with an indoor rainforest, experiment workshop etc.
Museum of World Culture, Södra Vägen 54 (Liseberg), . A cultural counterpart to the science-oriented Universeum, it's a museum of ethnography and anthropology, with a thoroughly contemporary approach. There are regular special events such as concerts, films, and lectures. Free entrance to some of the museum's exhibits.
Maritiman, Packhuskajen 8½, . "The world's biggest floating museum of ships" consists of 19 boats of all sizes. The biggest attraction is the former military destroyer Småland.
Maritime Museum(Sjöfartsmuseet), Stigbergstorget, Majorna, explains the maritime history of Gothenburg, West Sweden and of the fishing industry; has models of sailing ships. There is a lookout, in pillar of the "Seamans wife", just by the museum where you can view the harbour.
Gothenburg Natural History Museum, Slottsskogen (Linnéplatsen), . The oldest museum in Gothenburg includes a stuffed blue whale and is situated in Slottsskogen.
Volvo Museum, Hisingen, . Yes of course, in the home town of Volvo you can view the past and present models of the Swedish car.
The Röhsska Museum, . The national museum of Swedish design and applied art.
Gothenburg Radio Museum, Anders Carlssons gata 2 (Götaverkens industriområde), .
Kviberg Military Museum,  at the former Artillery Regiment at Kviberg shows guns and equipment of the Artillery and the Anti Aircraft Artillery. Opening hours: June to August, Tuesday and Wednesday 12PM-2PM. Rest of the year Tuesday to Thursday 12PM-2PM. First Thursday of every month except January 5PM-7PM.
KA 4 Museum and the Fort of Oskar II. A museum at the former Coast Artillery Regiment at Käringberget. Irregular opening hours.
Aeroseum, at Säve Depå , is an aircraft museum in a former military under ground Air Force base. It's located on the Hisingen bypass (Hisingeleden), at the opposite side of the airstrip to Gothenburg City Airport. Also home of the annual Göteborg Aero Show and other events.
Gothenburg Cathedral, Västra Hamngatan. Built in 1815.
Christinae Church (German Church), Norra Hamngatan. Built in 1748.
Crown House (Kronhuset), Postgatan. Built in 1643-1655, and briefly home of the Swedish Parliament. It currently houses Göteborgs Musik, and the surrounding buildings are now cafes and crafts workshops.
Oscar Fredrik Church, Värmlandsgatan. The largest and most well decorated church. Built 1893.
Slottsskogen, tram stop Linnéplatsen, a big English garden close to the botanical gardens and a popular spot for relaxing and picnics. Within the park you'll find the Museum of Natural History, an observatory, a mini golf course, and a children's zoo. Slottsskogen is famed for its valley with over 60 different kinds of Azalea that bloom during early summer. During summer, locals gather here on sunny days to have a few beers, play soccer or similiar.
There is an array of animals on display. There are seals in a pond (Säldammen), which are fed every day at 14:00. On the other side of the hill, there is a pinguin pond with Humboldt Pinguins, which are fed at 14:30. Up on the hill in the middle of Slottskogen, there are Moose, Fallow deer, and Red deer. On the hill there's also Barnens Zoo (the kids zoo) which hosts a few different kids of goats, pigs and birds. There is also the possibility of riding a pony for 20 SEK. Opening hours are 10:00-16:30 between April 18th and September 8th. Entrance is free. Great for children.
Botaniska Trädgården (Botanical Gardens), Carl Skottbergs gata 22, ☎ +46 31 741 11 00, . 9AM-sundown. Built in 1923, Botaniska Trädgården has an area of 175 hectares and, in 2003, was elected the most beautiful garden in Sweden. It contains a rock garden, arboretum and green houses, along with a restaurant and café. Don't miss the rare Easter Island tree.Free entrance, except for the greenhouse. edit
Trädgårdsföreningen, . A picturesque garden in the city centre with a very nice collection of roses awarded with three stars in the Guide Michelin. No entrance fee during off season, otherwise 20 SEK.
Liseberg, . The biggest amusement park in all of Scandinavia, with lots of different rides for all ages. Be sure to try Balder, the new wooden roller-coaster. Liseberg is the number one attraction, by number of visitors, in Sweden. Often they also have concerts that cost you only the entrance to the park.
The Swedish Ship Götheborg. A reconstruction of an mid-18th century ship of the Swedish East India Company (Svenska Ostindiska Companiet (SOIC)). During summer the ship is open for visits at Stenpiren close to the city center.
The Paddan tourist boats  run in the city canals and in the harbour.
In summer, you can go canoeing in or walking around the lake Delsjön. Only 6 km from city center, it can be a good way to experience nature.
Lisebergslinjen is a vintage tram line that runs during summer from the central station to Liseberg. Prices: Adults 20 SEK, Children 10 SEK, Small children Free.
Börjessons, . Does tourist boat tours in the archipelago every day in the summer and is very popular.
Southern Archipelago. For a low price one can visit the islands in the southern archipelago with regular passenger boats. These islands are car free and very picturesque. The boats go from the tram stop "Saltholmen". Note that it is difficult to park there. Tram tickets are valid on the boat too.
Charter a Sailing Yacht sBoats.com  or yachtbooker.com  give you independent information on how to find a yacht charter in Gothenburg.
Göteborg Opera House, at the Packhuskajen quay in central Göteborg. One of the world's most modern opera houses.
The square at the top of Avenyn (Götaplatsen) is the location of the magnificent Gothenburg Concert Hall and the city's drama theatre.
Guldhedstornet. May till October. At 130 meters above sea-level this is the highest point and the highest café in Gothenburg. Sitting inside with a panorama view, or outside on the balcony, you get a view of the downtown, the old and new harbors, the Göta Älv River, the sea (Kattegat), the archipelago, the suburbs and the hilly, forested areas surrounding the city.
Gothenburg City Card. Buy a Gothenburg City Card for 315 SEK @24 hours or 425 SEK @48 hours which includes free pass on - Travel on public transport, Ringlinien vintage train, parking in borough spaces, admission to liseberg, universeum, free travel with paddan boat, boat trip to New Alvsborg Fortress, Guided tour by bus, Museum of World Cultures, Gothenburg Natural History Museum, Gothenburg City Museum, Gothenburg Art Museum, Rohsska Museum, Maritime Museum Aquarium, Medical History Museum, The sports Museum, Maritiman, Casino Cosmopol, Gothenburgs utkiken, Guided tour of Gunnebo House, The GArden Society of Gothenburg, Greenhouses in the Botanical Garden, Roda Sten, Stinsen Sightseeing, Aeroseum, Volvo Museum, Molndals Museum.
Gothenburg is Northern Europe's largest university city with over 60,000 students.
Gothenburg University. In its current form since 1954, Gothenburg University offers higher education in a large number of areas. International students are offered both programmes and independent courses in English.
The Gothenburg University contains such faculties as:
School of Business, Economics and Law
Sahlgrenska University Hospital (both hospital and medical school)
Valand School of Fine Arts
Chalmers University of Technology, . Founded in 1829, Chalmers offers education in engineering and architecture. International students can apply for one of the almost 50 different master's programmes taught in English.
The Chalmers University of Technology is in Johanneberg 2 km south of inner city. It also contains faculties such as:
Chalmers Lindholmen University College
IT University of Göteborg
If you want to do a shorter course, for example a language course or pottery course:
The main shopping center is Nordstan. It's located next to Brunnsparken and it is connected to the central train station. It has many outlets with international companies such as Esprit, Vero Moda and Swedish companies such as H&M, Åhléns City, Rock, Nordic Design etc.
Close to Nordstan is the smaller shopping center Arkaden, with a number of fashion boutiques.
Saluhallen, Kungstorget, is a charming indoor food hall.
NK (Östra Hamngatan 42) is the more expensive type of shopping center. International brand names such as Paul Smith, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Dior, YSL and Prada share space with equally well-known Swedish brands - for instance the crystal manufacturers Orrefors and Kosta Boda.
Bengans, Stigbergstorget 1, . A big, famous Swedish record store with lots of records, old and new, in all kinds of genres. You will find something to buy here, no matter if you're a record collector, hipster, or chart music fan. They also have a cafe.
There is a regular bus service to Ikea and other "big box" warehouses just outside the city.
February: Gothenburg Film Festival. Every year in February, the town is invaded by cinema buffs for the annual Gothenburg Film Festival. The festival, which is growing every year, is now one of the major Scandinavian movie festivals.
April/May: The International Science Festival Gothenburg. A week with hundreds of activities and lectures.
May: West Pride (earlier called LGBTQ Festival) . Since 2007 Gothenburg has its own Pride festival. During that time the whole city is covered with rainbow colors.
May (last weekend): Hammarkullekarnevalen. The largest carnival in Sweden, held in Hammarkullen (a suburb in Gothenburg).
May: Andra Långdagen. Street party with food and music, from noon to night.
June: Göteborg Aero Show - Sweden's major annual air show, attracting tens of thousands spectators every year.
August: Kulturkalaset (earlier called Göteborgskalaset). City-festival featuring musical performances, a wide array of foreign food booths and lots and lots of beer. Massive public drunkenness and under-aged intoxication has made the city council consider to cancel the whole thing. If you stay off the absolute city-centre like the Avenue (Avenyn) you may find interesting parties and activities though.
August: VROM (Volvo Rendezvous for Owners & Members)  - an annual meeting for Volvo enthusiasts.
October: Kulturnatta ("Culture night") . Culture activities all over Gothenburg. Starts at 7pm.
December: Julstaden, Gotheburgs Christmas celebration. The city centre is filled with Christmas lights and various activities. The event has become a popular tourist attraction. Also, Julshow is the another event that sees success every year with more and more people finding it entertaining and lively.
Pizzeria Kastell, Kastellgatan 15. The best kebab in Gothenburg. Take Tram 2 from Centralstationen towards Högsbotorp and get off at Brunnsgatan. Alternatively, take Tram 6 from Centralstationen towards Kortedala and stop at "Olivedalsgatan". Cheap/Massive amount of kebab. Kebabrulle(kebab roll) is highly recommended. 65SEk and taste incredible. Pizzas are very good, large enough for two people to share, and range from 50-100SEK. Staff is extremely friendly, but speaks little English and only accept cash (no cards).
Andrum, Östra Hamngatan 19A. Tasty and healthy vegetarian/vegan buffet.
Café Hängmattan, Karljohansgatan 16. The best vegetarian buffet in the city.
Maharani Första Långgatan 4, Indian food in a cozy atmosphere. Starters for 30-40 SEK and main courses for about 110 SEK.
Bombay Palace Södra Vägen 19, serves tasty Indian food in a good atmosphere. Seating arrangement is not so good, but the food will leave you happy. A 3 course meal could cost up to 150-180 SEK (without alcohol).
Japan Shop Kungsgatan 9C, small, unassuming place with good, cheap sushi. Mains 50-75 SEK.
Salwa's Falafel Express / Sunset Falafel Kungstorget. Very nice falafels are to be found in two mobile stalls. A falafel is 30 SEK.
Feskekôrka. The fish market is not only a nice tourist attraction, but all fishmongers offer fantastic fish dishes to take away at low low prices (50-60SEK). Make sure you try the fish soup sold at the last booth, under the restaurant.
Grillköket Jonsborg på Avenyn At the corner of Kungsportavenyn and Engelbrektsgatan, across the street from the Elite Park Avenue Hotel. Make a stop here for some traditional Gothenburg street food. The Halv Special is a hot dog served on a grilled bun topped with a mound of mashed potatoes. For those adventurous, this dish can be topped with shrimp salad. Jonsborg also has a very good selection of vegan-food.
Solrosen In Haga, near Järntorget, is Solrosen, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant with new dishes every day. Usually they offer 4-5 different dishes, and they also have a sallad-bar.
Gyllene Prag, Sveagatan 25 (Sveaplan). Cheap and wonderful Czech restaurant with good beer in generous helpings. The breaded cheese is a classic, and you won't be hungry again for at least a week.
Pasta e contorni, Nordensköldsgatan 21. Italian.
Nonna, Kungsgatan 12, . Serves fantastic pasta in various flavours and has a big assortment of Italian wines.
12-52, Linnégatan 52, . Modern food with excellent service. Main courses for 150-250 SEK.
Pasta Etc., Kapellgatan 12, . Italian. Main courses for 78-185 SEK.
Lilla Torgets Vinkrog, Lilla Torget 3, . Cozy atmosphere in an old (wine?) cellar. Serves house-baked bread with the meals.
Bellini, Nordenskiöldsgatan 14 . Located on a sidestreet from Linnégatan. Decently priced Italian restaurant with a lovely decour and friendly service. Pastas go quite cheap, 125-149 SEK and are excellent, while fish and meat cost arounds 200 SEK. If you ask nicely, you can buy a box of their very nice wine glasses which are imported from Italy.
Lilla Tavernan, Olivedalsgatan 17 . Excellent greek restaurant located on a side street from Linnégatan. Recommended: Bifteki gemisto and Grill pikilia. Main courses between 125-175 SEK.
Trattoria Tredici, Royal Square 13 41110 Gothenburg, ☎ 031-13 91 10, . 11.00am. Trattoria Tredici is a restaurant offering its guests with a wide range of delicious and mouthwatering dishes including pizzas, pastas, salads and desserts along with many beer options.95kr. (57.7000°N,11.9667°E)edit
In the summertime there are outdoor serving along Avenyn and Linnégatan.
You can pick up the free Nöjesguiden and Djungeltrumman magazines in various stores to read more about Gothenburg's nightlife. They are only available in Swedish though.
Ölhallen 7:an, Kungstorget 7, +46 31-136079. One of the best places for good beer, and the only traditional "Beer-hall" left in the city. It is situated next to Saluhallen.
The Rover, Andra långgatan 12, close to Järntorget, is a freehouse known for its knowledgeable staff. Specializes in Swedish micros on tap and US micros on bottle. Has Gothenburg's second largest selection of whisky (according to local newspaper G.P.), including the Swedish brand "Mackmyra".
Kellys, Andra Långgatan 28. Cheap beer. Lots of vegan food. Mixed crowd of middle-aged regulars and young people.
Sejdeln, Andra Långgatan 28. When Kellys is packed Sejdeln is a perfectly adequate option, it's right next to Kellys and has even cheaper beer and roughly the same clientele.
Kings Head, Andra Långgatan 32. On this street well known for its cheap pubs and porn stores, this pub is an alternative for those who wants to spend time in a little more sophisticated environment. The clientele is more well adjusted in this place. Crowded most days of the week. English speaking guests will be considered exotic by the semi douchey crowd.
Dancin Dingo, Australian pub on a street parallel to Avenyn. "Throw another shrimp on the barbie, mate!"
Ölrepubliken. A good selection of beers on tap with a bias toward british and belgian beers, this pub is an excellent alternative to the mid centre locations. Found not far from Kronhusbodarna a couple of hundred meters from Nordstan.
Bitter Linnégatan 59, one of the best bars in town if you want drinks rather than beer.
The Bishops Arms A chain of English pubs. In Gothenburg there are three located at Kungsportsavenyn 36, Västra Hamngatan 3 and Järntorget. Good selection of beer on tap and fine single malt whiskey. A bit pricier than other pubs.
Rockbaren A traditional rockbar located in a parallel street to Avenyn, just across from Dancin Dingo.
The Rose & Crown, Kungsportsavenyn 6, Tel: +46 31-10 58 27. English pub showing live sports.
Jamesons Pub, Kungsportsavenyn 32, Tel: +46 31-18 77 70. Swedish pub with live music.
Kontiki Slottsskogen, Storängsgatan 2, ☎ 031-821182, . 17.00 to 1.00. Restaurant, bar, club near the Gothenburg Botanical garden.90-200 SEK. edit
Taverna, Mariaplan (mariaplan). Crazy after work joint in bohemian area. Night club weekends.edit
Port du soleil, Packhusplatsen 11 (At the riverside, W of Operan and Nordstaden), ☎ 0761998124, . thu-sat: 18.00 - 03.00. Only open during summer.. Great really professional summer-club with house music.edit
There are several different clubs in Gothenburg, with a wide array of music styles.
Haket, Masthuggstorget/Första Långgatan 32. Indie pop/goth. Often arranges theme nights, with music, videos and even drinks featuring a certain artist. Hosts Monochrome , a long-running Goth club the first Saturday every month. Haket is also a restaurant and bar, with an excellent selection of microbrewed beers.
Pustervik - Järntorgsgatan 12. Indie, jazz, soul and a lot of concerts. Bus or tram stop Järntorget. 
Trädgår'n - Parkgatan. EBM & Synthpop, house
Nefertiti - Hvitfeldtsplatsen 6. Jazzclub, house, northern soul. Bus or tram stop Grönsakstorget or Hagakyrkan. 
Sticky Fingers, Kaserntorget 7, +46 31-7010717 . Young rock fans flock to Sticky Fingers for live bands and clubs.
Gothenburg has a vast array of cafés practically everywhere. In the district Haga (near Järntorget) you can find a lot of nice cafés. Try the big Kanelbulle (Cinnamon bun). But be quick, usually they are sold out around 4 or 5 pm.
Guldhedens vattentorn. A little nice café placed on top of an old water tower. You get a good view of Gothenburg and around. Take Tram 10 to Doktor Sydows gata, or a bus 42, 52 to Syster Estrids gata. During January and February only open on Saturday and Sunday.
Bar Centro, Kyrkogatan 31. Small Italian-style espressobar, takes coffee very seriously.
Ethels, Linnégatan 72. A charming family-run café that also offers warm sandwiches and soup if you wish to have something savoury.
Cafe Skåne Nämndemansgatan, Mölndal. This cafe is situated outside Göteborg in Mölndal. 24hour open, 6 days a week (closed Saturday nights). Here you don’t sit and read trendy fashion magazines and pay €5 for a caffè latte. Instead you eat big sandwiches cheap and pay 1.5€ for a tasty (but not so trendy) coffee.
Rosenkaféet, Slussgatan 1, ☎ +46(0)31-802970, . A cosy café in the picturesque park Trädgårdsföreningen in the city centre of Gothenburg. Here you can have both lunch and dinner (also vegetarian alternatives such as pies, sandwiches and pancakes) in the middle of the beautiful collection of roses. edit
Many Youth Hostels only offer their lowest prices to members of STF or IYHF.
Great Living, +46 31-12 06 21, . They offer private accommodation. The owners can profit from their home, even when they are away, and companies and individuals can gain access to a different type of accommodation during their visit. All apartments are located in the central of Gothenburg.
Slottsskogen Youth Hostel, Vegagatan 21, +46 31-42 65 20, . Open 24 hrs. Popular among travellers. Free Internet. Prices start at 135 SEK for dorm beds. Situated in the lively Linnéstan - an area with a lot of pubs, restaurants, cafés etc. Tram stop: Olivedalsgatan (tram 1,2,6 and 13).
Vandrarhem Stigbergsliden, Stigbergsliden 10, +46 31-24 16 20, . Located close to the Stena Line boat terminal to Denmark. Prices start at 150 SEK.
Kärralund Camping Youth Hostel. Located 2.5 km from Liseberg amusement park, the prices start at 345 SEK (one time entry to Liseberg included during summer) but they are a lot higher during peak months.
Backpackers Göteborg, Vegagatan 19, ☎ 0313134350, . checkin: 14-18; checkout: 11. The meetingpoint in Göteborg for travellers. Lodging in modern dormitories (with free WiFi, comfortable hotel beds with lockers under each bed and curtains to guarantee privacy) Access to exclusive new tiled bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Open 24/7 all year195-245. edit
The Tourist Bureau just off Avenyn organises an excellent private home B&B service.
Hotel Riverton, Stora Badhusgatan 26, +46 31-750 10 00 . Hotel, restaurant and Sky bar with a beautiful view of the harbour. Close to the Casino. Shopping and restaurants just around the corner.
Scandic Europa, Köpmansgatan 38, . Also near the train station.
Hôtel Eggers, Drottningtorget, +46 31-333 44 40 (fax +46 31-333 44 49) . Located right by the train station, with nearly 150 years of history.
Hotel Gothia Towers. Scandinavia’s largest hotel, with top class rooms and four popular bars and restaurants. Gourmet restaurant Heaven 23 is on the 23rd floor with an unbeatable view of Göteborg. Try their huge shrimp sandwich!
Novotel Göteborg, Novotel Göteborg is a modern hotel with all services and facilities, and is located at the entrance to the Port of Gothenburg.
Hotel Royal, Drottninggatan 67, . A classy, centrally located hotel that was founded in 1852.
Hotel Poseidon, Storgatan 33, . A family owned, 49-room hotel perfectly located in the city center. Trams stop a block away at Vasaplatsen and the popular Kungsportsavenyn is just a few blocks in the other direction. Wireless internet is included as well as a great breakfast.
Avalon Hotel, Kungstorget 9, +46 (0)31-7510200. . Located near the city center and meters from Kungsportplatsen.
Clarion Hotel Post, Drottningtorget 10 (On the square just south of the central station.), ☎ +46 (0)31-619050 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . This highly designed former post office turned hotel have quickly become the flagship in town, opening just this winter. With 500 rooms, including three suites this is one of the biggest also. Includes high-end restaurants, its own spa, a rooftop pool and even home-brewed beer. They also have a hugely popular after-work. Just don't expect a quiet lobby!Prices starts at 1200 SEK on weekends and 1600 SEK weekdays. edit
Elite Plaza Hotel, Västra Hamngatan 3, ☎ +46 (0)31-7204000, . Five star hotels, noticed for being popular with visiting rock stars.edit
Most crimes against tourists are crimes of opportunity, such as pick-pocketing, bicycle theft, auto theft and auto vandalism. As always, do not leave valuable items in your car or in a cloakroom, and watch your bag in crowded places. Most shops and all major taxi companies accept credit and debit cards, so there is no need to carry a lot of cash.
Downtown Gothenburg is plagued by illegal taxis by night, and they are considered very unsafe, especially for women. Generally speaking, crime rates in Gothenburg are quite low from an international perspective.
The northern parts of the city (Angered, Hammarkullen, Kortedala, Bergsjön) as well as the outskirts of Hisingen are notorious for high crime-rates.
Near Gothenburg is the beautiful southern archipelago. There's a resident population on most islands, so ferries run all year. Private cars are not allowed. Take tram 11 (or 9 in summer) to Saltholmen, and then one of the ferries to Styrsö, Köpstadsö or any of the other islands. Here you can swim in the ocean, buy ice cream and maybe eat at the restaurants on Brännö, Styrsö or Vrångö. Be warned that the tram is packed with people on sunny summer days, especially when the 9 doesn't run, and going by car isn't better since you are unlikely to find a parking place. The ferries, however, usually make extra tours such days.
Styröbolaget provide a folder
 with more information about the islands.
Älvsborgs fortress (Älvsborgs fästning) from the 17th century was built on an island to protect the city from being attacked from the sea. Tourist boats  make the trip regularly during summer.
Vinga - the last outpost before the sea and the place where Evert Taube (a famous Swedish poet) grew up.
Gunnebo House and Gardens [], in the neighbouring municipality of Mölndal, is a 18th century wooden mansion built in the neo-classical style with well-preserved interiors set in a Baroque park. There is a restaurant with organic lunch, a gift shop, guided tours and annual markets in the autumn and at Christmas.
Tjolöholm Castle, in Kungsbacka municipality south of Gothenburg, is an anachronistic Tudor castle built in the years around 1900 for the Scottish-Swedish merchant and factory owning family Dickson, one of Gothenburg's many generous donors (they founded Gothenburg's first public library and built decent homes for the families of their factory staff).