|Museums in Gothenburg
Gothenburg has a good selection of museums that cover art, history, nature and transport, offering something for all tastes.
The Gothenburg Natural History Museum is the oldest in the city and is best known for its stuffed blue whale. Cultural history is best explored at the Gothenburg City Museum where the history of the city is covered from as far back as prehistoric times to the present day, while cultures of the world are featured in the Museum of World Culture.
Visitors interested in art have the Gothenburg Art Museum which is fairly unique in that it features one of the world’s best collections of Nordic art, and for Swedish applied art and design there is the Rohsska Museum.
Parks and Gardens in Gothenburg
Gothenburg has a lovely selection of parks and gardens though the city is best known for its Botanical Gardens, considered to be one of the most important of their kind in Europe. Established in 1923 the gardens cover a huge area of approximately 430 acres, much of which is a nature reserve. The main formal gardens cover a smaller area and include over 16,000 species in different themed areas.
The largest park in Gothenburg is adjacent to the botanical gardens, and it’s called Slottsskogen. The Natural History Museum is located here as is a mini golf course, children’s zoo, and an observatory.
A park of a different kind is the Liseberg amusement park. This is actually the most popular attraction in the whole of Sweden and has been in operation since 1923. The park features a total of 37 rides, including roller coasters, water rides and thrill rides.
The historical attractions in Gothenburg include buildings such as the Gothenburg Cathedral which was built in 1815. An older landmark is Crown House, completed in 1655. For a brief time this was home to the Swedish Parliament. You can see many older parts of Gothenburg that were built along canals, best seen on a boat tour.
Southern Gothenburg Archipelago
Speaking of boat tours, you can catch a ferry from Gothenburg to the city’s islands. Not only are the islands picturesque but some include popular attractions too, including the Alvsborg Fortress.