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Lilla Bommen (Gothenburg Harbor)
Lilla Bommen (Gothenburg Harbor)

Lilla Bommen (Gothenburg Harbor)

Lilla Bommen, Gothenburg, Gothenburg

The basics

Most Gothenburg sightseeing and walking tours make a stop at Lilla Bommen. Take a walk along the waterfront and stop to admire the ship-inspired façade of the Gothenburg Opera House and the four-masted Barken Viking, a 20th-century merchant ship now transformed into a floating hotel. For the best views, head up to the top of the Lilla Bommen—the distinctive red-and-white-striped skyscraper that stands watch over the harbor—and enjoy a drink at the rooftop café, gazing out over the marina below.

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Things to know before you go

  • Boat cruises to the island fortress of Nya Älvsborg set sail from Lilla Bommen in the summer months.
  • The coastal winds can be chilly along the riverfront, so it’s worth bringing something warm, even in the summer months.
  • The harbor is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
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How to get there

Lilla Bommen is located along the south bank of the Gota River. It’s a 10-minute walk north of downtown Gothenburg and the closest bus and tram stop is Lilla Bommen.

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When to get there

The best time for a stroll around Lilla Bommen is on a sunny summer afternoon; come in July and August to join one of the boat cruises. If you can, pass by at night when the Opera House and Barken Viking are dramatically illuminated.

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Visiting the Maritiman Maritime Museum

Another highlight of the Lilla Bommen waterfront is the Maritiman Maritime Museum, a floating museum that comprises 13 historic ships permanently moored along the river. Explore onboard the HMS Småland, one of Scandinavia’s largest warships; hop aboard a North Sea freighter; and peek into the cabins of a 19th-century monitor ship. Additional highlights include a submarine, where you can listen to a hydrophone and learn about life on-board, and an open-air café on-board a 1960s passenger ferry.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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