Gothenburg is more popular than ever.
This port serves as the gateway to the islands of the Gothenburg archipelago and is home to Sweden’s most popular destination, Liseberg Amusement Park.
Local Culture and Flavor
Gothenburg is more popular than ever. Located near the Göta älv River on Sweden's west coast, the city’s cultural hub is the Götaplatsen. Here Carl Milles' dramatic bronze figure of Poseidon stands watch over the central square, home to the Gothenburg Museum of Fine Art (Konstmuseum), Concert Hall, City Theatre and City Library. From its ancient University to Liseberg Amusement Park with its beloved pleasure garden and thrilling rides, Gothenburg offers many choices for appreciating art, history, fine food—and having fun!
Delicacies await throughout the city! In fact, if you’re looking for the best fish restaurants in Sweden, you’ll find them in Gothenburg— specializing in mackerel, cod and other fish caught right here. In addition, boats bring in shrimp, oysters and lobsters, making this one of the finest places in Scandinavia to enjoy gourmet dining.
Past and Present
The city of Gothenburg was built by King Charles IX in 1607, only to be completely destroyed by the Danes in 1611. Founded again in a new location in in 1621 by King Gustavus Adophus, Gothenburg began as a trading colony with mainly a Dutch population. By offering generous tax breaks and other benefits during the Thirty Years War, the King also attracted German and Scottish allies to the town.
Initially built by the Dutch, famous for building on marshland, the city is laced with canals. It became a major trading and shipping city in the 18th century, with a series of fires burning down most of its original wooden buildings in the late 1700s, which prompted a reconstruction period featuring stone structures. From then on, Gothenburg thrived. By the 21st century, it had grown from an industrial seaport to a modern, innovative and culturally rich city—and is now the largest port in the Nordic countries.
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