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Borås [1] is Swedens 14th largest town with 66 273 inhabitants (2010-12-31) Västergötland in Sweden.

Understand

Borås was Sweden's major district for producing textiles and is still well-known for having many shops that sell high-quality textiles for low prices.

Get in

Borås have no own airport, nearest international airport is in Gothenburg about 60 km away which has daily flight from most european air hubs.

Commuter trains from Gothenburg runs about once every hour, however due to old tracks they are slower then the bus. The Kust-till-Kust (Coast-to-Coast) trains between Gothenburg and Kalmar also makes a stop-over there. Then there are regional trains from Varberg and from Uddevalla via Herrljunga. From time to time there have been direct X2000 fast trains from Stockholm, but as of now a change of trains in Herrljunga is required.

Bus #100 connects is an express highway bus from Gothenburg with departures every half hour. Several long-distance buses also makes stop-overs here.

Get around

Buses are operated by Västtrafik and cover the whole city and its suburbs. However, the city is small enough to walk around the centre.

See

  • See the large statue of Pinocchio in the south end of Allégatan.

Do

  • Visit Borås Djurpark [2], Sweden's second largest zoo. It's located about two kilometres from the centre.
  • Go for a walk in the city park, stadsparken, located in the city center.
  • Go for a swim in Stadsparksbadet - an indoor water park situated in stadsparken.
  • Go to Upzone, an adventure park.
  • Visit Ramnaparken, which is both an park and an outdoor museum. It has various old buildings that give an insight into old building traditions and ways of life in the area. Borås Museum (an indoor museum) is also located here. There is a lake named Ramnasjön nearby, which has a bird colony. You can walk around the lake or spend some time fishing.
  • Visit Borås Konstmuseum (art museum)
  • Abecita Konstmuseum (art museum)

Buy

  • Knalleland is a big shopping center 2 km from the city center, close to the zoo.

Eat

  • Babbel, Västerbrogatan 15, +46(0)33-133132 (), [3]. Serving up Spanish beer and tapas with great atmosphere. Expect to wait for a table.

Drink

Although Borås might not be the best city in Sweden for drinking, it has a few places worth visiting.

  • Scandic Hotel Plaza Lounge. This hotel bar offers a relaxing atmosphere for starting the night. However not really worth making it an evening here.
  • Rådhuset Bar and club located in the old town hall by the north side of the large square.
  • Bishop Arms The best place in town to drink beer. Has quite a large selection of European beer.

Sleep

Budget

  • Vila Vandrarhem [4], Lilla Brotagan 11, +46 33 226 969. Nice and clean hostel, reasonably low prices, friendly staff, free Wifi. They also have hotel across the street.

Mid-range

  • Scandic Hotel Plaza [5], Allégatan 3, +46 33 785 82. A nice hotel with decent prices.
  • First Hotel Grand [6], Hallbergsplatsen 2, +46 33 799 00 00. Luxurious and centrally located.

Splurge

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