Gothenburg Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Gothenburg

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 Gothenburg waiting to be discovered!
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Gothenburg Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Gothenburg Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Sweden » Gothenburg (See other walking tours in Gothenburg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: stacey
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Kungsportsplatsen
  • Paddan
  • Medicinhistoriska Museet (Medical History Museum)
  • Gothenburg Opera
  • Gothenburg Maritime Museum
  • Stadsmuseet (Gothenburg City Museum)
  • Gothenburg Cathedral
  • Feskekôrka (Fish Church)
  • Haga

1) Kungsportsplatsen (must see)

Kungsportsplatsen is a square in the city centre of Gothenburg. The square was constructed 1852 and got its name after the King's gate (the name literally means The King's gate place). The gate was the main entrance to the fortified city, which was and still is surrounded by a moat. When the city grew outside the moat and there was no need to defend the city any longer the gate was torn down. At Kungsportsplatsen there is a statue of king Charles IX, which was placed there 1904.
Sight description based on wikipedia

2) Paddan (must see)

Paddan is a place where boat tours are organized. They offer wonderful guided boat tours of the canal and its many bridges. The guides tell the history of Gothenburg laying the emphasis on the national heritage. Each boat can take about 90 persons and the trip lasts approximately an hour.
Medicinhistoriska Museet (Medical History Museum)

3) Medicinhistoriska Museet (Medical History Museum)

Editor's note: The museum will be closed due to construction work on the museum building from 22/12 2018 to 2/1 2021.

The Medical History Museum is located in the former Sahlgrenska Hospital. It is dedicated to the history of Swedish health care from the 19th century to the present. The museum often organizes international exhibitions, presenting photographic documentation of the post-war famine, different items from Russia, Ukraine and other countries.
Gothenburg Opera

4) 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 Maritime Museum

5) Gothenburg Maritime Museum (must see)

Gothenburg Maritime Museum is the world's largest museum displaying ships, boats, submarines and others water vessels, including a modern naval destroyer. The museum also contains a book and gift shop with great souvenirs to take home.
Stadsmuseet (Gothenburg City Museum)

6) Stadsmuseet (Gothenburg City Museum) (must see)

The Gothenburg City Museum is located in an 18th century house built in the city center for the Swedish East India Company. It became a museum in 1861, modeled after Britain’s Victoria and Albert Museum. It is dedicated to Gothenburg and west Sweden’s cultural history from the Viking Age to the present. There is a permanent exhibition on the East India Company. The museum is also used as a public forum for town planners to display new ideas and visions of the city.

Operation Hours: Tuesday,Thursday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm; Wednesday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gothenburg Cathedral

7) 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
Feskekôrka (Fish Church)

8) Feskekôrka (Fish Church) (must see)

Feskekôrka, opened in 1874, is an indoor fish market. It is named Fish Church because the building resembles a Gothic church. As fishing is the oldest trade in Gothenburg, it is very popular with both locals and tourists.

9) 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

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.
Architectural Jewels Walking Tour

Architectural Jewels Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
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