Architectural Jewels Walking Tour (Self Guided), Gothenburg

Gothenburg’s architecture comes in a wide range of styles, from Gothic to modernist, including several 17th century buildings made of wood and great classical structures from the 18th century. Take this walking tour to admire Gothenburg’s architectural variety.
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Architectural Jewels Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Architectural Jewels Walking Tour
Guide Location: Sweden » Gothenburg (See other walking tours in Gothenburg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: stacey
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Skanskaskrapan
  • Gothenburg Opera
  • Gothenburg Central Station
  • Gothenburg Cathedral
  • Haga
  • Robert Dickson Foundation
  • Skansen Kronan
  • Oscar Fredrik Church

1) Skanskaskrapan

Skanskaskrapan (Skanska Scraper) is a postmodern skyscraper at Lilla Bommen, near Barken Viking and Göta Älvbron, in central Gothenburg. It is 86 meters high, with 22 floors, and colored in red and white stripes. It is commonly referred to by locals as Läppstiftet (Lipstick). Skanskaskrapan was designed by Ralph Erskine in cooperation with White Architects and was built by Skanska in the late 1980s led by Gösta Backmark. On the upper floor is a café called GötheborgsUtkiken (Gothenburg Lookout), which has a great view of the city.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gothenburg Opera

2) Gothenburg Opera (must see)

The Gothenburg Opera house is relatively new: construction started in September 1989 after significant local commitment in the late 1980s and it was completed with great speed. Ground breaking took place in June 1991, and the building was inaugurated in October 1994. The result was a world class opera house with its auditorium built in the classical style. With its stalls and balconies, it has 1,301 seats. The orchestra pit has room for about 100 musicians.

The House is shared by opera, ballet, musicals and operettas so the architects had to meet a number of challenges. The architect, Jan Izkowitz, shares his vision of the house: “The building should be possessed by an airiness that sends your mind soaring across the meandering landscape like wings of seagulls. Its shape should be inspired by its location, from the magnificent but elusive landscape with its light and open spaces, to the harbor’s more tangible technical constructions; the bridges gracefully suspended across the water, the transparent framework of the harbor cranes, the strength, softness and elegance of the ships’ hulls, the wings of seagulls and the flawless aerodynamic shape of sails.” In 2000 Gothenburg Opera hosted Melodifestivalen, the Swedish selection to the Eurovision Song Contest.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gothenburg Central Station

3) Gothenburg Central Station

Gothenburg Central Station is the main railway station of Gothenburg and the third largest railway station in Sweden. The station opened in October the 4th, 1858. Approximately 40 000 travelers visit the station every day. The architect of Gothenburg Central Station was Adolf Wilhelm Edelsvärd. Some reconstructions have been made to the station since its opening in 1858. There used to be engine shed by the station but it has been removed.

In 1923 a fire destroyed parts of the station, so the interior had to be rebuilt. The current interior design is similar to the 1923 model with wood pillars, glass ceiling and a floor made of limestone. During the 19th and early 20th century about one million Swedish emigrants passed the station in order to get to the harbour. Their final destination would be America.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gothenburg Cathedral

4) Gothenburg Cathedral

The Gothenburg Cathedral is the seat of the bishop in the Church of Sweden diocese of Gothenburg.

It was part of the established Church of Sweden and had been at first named "Gustavi church" after Gustavus Adolphus. It was also known as Svenska kyrkan (the "Swedish church"), to distinguish it from Gothenburg's German - and Dutch-language Christinenkirche, known familiarly as Tyska kyrkan (the "German church"). By the change from the superintendentcy title to a bishopric and the establishment of a cathedral chapter in 1665 it was elevated to the status of cathedral.

The cathedral as we know it today was designed by architect Carl Wilhelm Carlberg. Carlberg died on 14 April 1814 and construction was completed followed by his disciple. The cathedral is built classical style. It is 59.4 meters long and 38 meters wide - including the new transept, which did not previously exist, while cattle and nave has the width of 22.86 meters. Furthermore, the nave interior height 14.25 metres and 52.85 meters in the tower's height. A clear example of classical style cathedral is the big head Portal one in the West. It is framed by four Doric columns (ancient Greek columns), which receives a pediment party. They were carved in Gothenburg by Scottish sand by Aberdeen.
Sight description based on wikipedia

5) Haga (must see)

Haga is a district in Gothenburg renowned for its picturesque wooden houses, 19th century atmosphere and cafés. Originally a working class suburb with a rather bad reputation, it was gradually transformed into a popular attraction for tourists and locals. In the 1920s, after an extensive expansion of the district, the area population started to decline. Many local public works were closed and it became a primarily residential area. A redevelopment plan, drawn up in 1962, led to the founding of the Haga Group in 1970, which strove to preserve the original architecture of the area. Major renovations were made in the 1980s, with some houses being restored and others replaced with replicas.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Robert Dickson Foundation

6) Robert Dickson Foundation

Robert Dickson's Stiftelse is a Swedish residential foundation established in Gothenburg in 1856 by Robert Dickson. This is one of the buildings intended for the working class. It was built in red brick in a Neoclassical revival style.
Skansen Kronan

7) Skansen Kronan (must see)

Skansen Kronan, or Redoubt Crown, was built in the late 17th century, according to the plans of Erik Dahlberg. The fortress and the twin counterpart, Skansen Lejonet, was built as part of the defenses against a possible Danish attack on Gothenburg from the south. The fortress is located on a hill in the Haga district and has a great view of the city. It was used as a military museum until 2004.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Oscar Fredrik Church

8) Oscar Fredrik Church

The Neo-Gothic Oscar Fredrik Church, designed by Helgo Zetterwall, was constructed in the 1890s. The church got its name from Oscar II. It is the largest, most beautifully decorated 19th century church in Gothenburg and makes up a significant part of the cityscape.

Walking Tours in Gothenburg, Sweden

Create Your Own Walk in Gothenburg

Create Your Own Walk in Gothenburg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Gothenburg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Gothenburg Museums

Gothenburg Museums

Gothenburg has a variety of internationally acclaimed museums. The majority of them are located in the heart of the city and can be easily reached. Among the most famous museums are the Gothenburg City Museum and the Röhsska Museum. Take this self-guided tour to admire the beautiful and interesting collections Gothenburg’s museums have to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Family Entertainment in Gothenburg

Family Entertainment in Gothenburg

Gothenburg offers superb attractions for family entertainment. It is a wonderful place to go out, spend time in the open air, take a tour by boat and visit some interesting places. Take this walking tour to enjoy a great time with your family.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 Km or 4.2 Miles
Gothenburg's Historical Churches Tour

Gothenburg's Historical Churches Tour

Churches are an important part of Gothenburg’s cityscape and history. They rise proudly above the city and its outskirts. Besides playing a major role in Gothenburg's spiritual life, they also have a great deal of architectural significance. Take this walking tour to admire some of Gothenburg’s most grandiose churches.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Gothenburg Introduction Walking Tour

Gothenburg Introduction Walking Tour

Established by King Gustavus Adolphus in 1621, the Swedish port city of Gothenburg enjoys comfortable location in the heart of Scandinavia at the crossroads of trade and shipping routes largely responsible for its prosperous economy. Gothenburg is also a major student city, home to the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Presented here are the top tourist attractions of...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles