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Gothenburg Travel Guide, Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden- an overview

Gothenburg- the second largest city of Sweden is also known as, Goteborg in Swedish. The city situated on the west coast of Sweden attracts a wide range of tourists every year. Gothenburg is the perfect tourist destination as the city offers a variety of attractions and historical sightseeing places. Being situated on the banks of river Gota alv has helped the city transform into a trading city. Therefore, Gothenburg has now significantly grown into an industrial seaport. Gothenburg experiences a mild oceanic climate because of the Gulf Stream. Summers are generally warm with daylight upto 17 hours a day compared to approximately 7 hours in winters. Winters are marked by temperature dropping below the freezing point and causing snowfall from the month of January to March. The coastal city is the centre of West Coast Archipelago surrounded by a chain of thousands of island. The maritime city of Gothenburg is constructed around the largest sea port in Scandinavia. Being situated along the coastal line has made an impact on the city’s history and cultural life. One of the few things which one must not miss while visiting Gothenburg would be its sea-food which serves a special cuisine on the north Atlantic fish. Gothenburg being one of the most popular cities of Europe has gone through an evident change with many more eateries opening up. A visit to the Michelin Guide restaurants is a must on the list.

The Liseberg Amusement park in Gothenburg is the largest amusement park in Scandinavia. It is a big attraction for people of all ages and is open from May to August as well as in December to enjoy Christmas even more in a special way. The amusement park also serves the purpose of venue for several concerts as the city has a rich music life. Gothenburg has been home to many famous music composers like Kurt Atterberg and pop bands such as Ace of Base and The Soundtrack of our lives. Other special features of Gothenburg are the “Gothenburg film festival”- the largest film festival in Scandinavia and the “Gothenburg book fair” organized each year in September. The Botanical Garden of Gothenburg is the largest nature reserve in Sweden with a variety of exotic species of flora and fauna.

Gothenburg also has Sweden’s largest shopping mall, Nordstan with approximately 150 shops and 180 offices under one roof. Nordstan stands for “north tower” in Swedish is situated in the city’s centre and is easily reachable due to its connectivity to the city’s central railway station. Nordstan was started building in 1967 and was completed in the year 1972. The shopping centre can accommodate approximately 2,500 cars in its parking lot. The city’s main street where all the activities take place and hustle-bustle goes on is the “Avenyn”. The street serves as an avenue for shops, restaurants, Gothenburg Museum of Art.

Gothenburg is a place which offers the facilities of a big city while also retaining the old world charm to it.

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