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How to Spend 3 Days in Gothenburg

How to Spend 3 Days in Gothenburg

Three days in Gothenburg give you plenty of time to tick off the highlights, cruise the coast, and get a taste of Swedish culture. Make the most of limited time by booking tours and tickets in advance, and take advantage of money-saving passes. Here’s how to spend three days in Gothenburg. 

Day 1: Sightseeing in the City

As well as allowing you to create your own itinerary, a hop-on hop-off bus or boat tour is a great way to get your bearings. Disembark to take in views from the fortress of Skansen Kronan; admire landmarks such as the Gustavi Cathedral and Gothenburg Opera House; or stroll along Lilla Bommen harbor. Alternatively, to get a more intimate glimpse into Sweden’s second-largest city, take a walking tour. 

In the afternoon, gain insight into Swedish cuisine and culinary traditions on a food tour that reveals local specialities that you may otherwise miss. Tours typically cover Feskekörka fish market and Saluhallen market hall, both famous for their fresh fish and seafood. Spend the evening in Haga, a neighbourhood famous for its cobbled lanes and traditional architecture. Alternatively, track down some of Gothenburg’s best nightlife in Avenyn and on Park Lane. 

Day 2: Cruise the Coast

Due to a prime location at the mouth of the Göta River and Kattegat Sea, Gothenburg is the main departure point for boat cruises and ferries to the islands off Sweden’s west coast. To see a different side of Sweden, take a day trip to the islands of Tjörn and Orust, where you can experience local life in historic fishing villages, shop for local handicrafts and sample typical Swedish foods, and visit a traditional bee farm.

Alternatively, set sail on an island-hopping cruise of the Southern Archipelago. Home to more than 20 islands, highlights include the island fortress of Nya Älvsborg, the beaches of Styrsö island, and the nature reserve of Vrangö island, a prime spot for hiking and bird-watching. 

Day 3: Parks and Museums

Gothenburg is home to some of Sweden’s most important museums and cultural institutions, so it’s worth setting aside a day to visit as many as possible. For the best value, purchase a Gothenburg Pass, which offers free or discounted admission to many of the city’s museums. 

Highlights include the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the Universeum Science Museum, and the Museum of World Culture, all located within walking distance of one other. After visiting Gothenburg’s Natural History Museum, stroll through Slottsskogen park or the nearby Gothenburg Botanical Garden. Spend your final night at Liseberg, Scandinavia's largest amusement park, where you can ride rollercoasters, enjoy live entertainment, and fill up on classic funfair foods. 

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Small-Group Walking Tour in Gothenburg

Small-Group Walking Tour in Gothenburg

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Get a more intimate experience of Gothenburg than possible on big bus tours. This small-group guided walking tour, limited to just 10 people, takes you to the city's most famous sites, including Feskekôrka (the fish church) and Haga Nygata district, as well as some hidden corners overlooked by most visitors. Along the way, your guide shares insight into Gothenburg's history and its modern-day role as a trendy hub of design and music.
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  • 3 hours
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$54.59
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Gothenburg Private Walking Tour

Gothenburg Private Walking Tour

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See Gothenburg through the eyes of a local on this private walking tour. See the city's most famous sites—including Feskekôrka (the fish church), Skansen Kronan fortress, and the Poseidon statue—as well as a few off-the-beaten-track attractions tailored to your own interests. On a private tour you can set your own pace and route while getting illuminating insights not found in the guidebooks.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$182.09
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Gothenburg Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Gothenburg Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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Landvetter Airport Bus Transfer Arrival

Landvetter Airport Bus Transfer Arrival

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Start your trip the easy way with Flygbussarna Airport Coaches to Gothenburg City. You will get a comfy and safe ride on a climate-controlled bus. We offer free WiFi, our buses are modern and our drivers are educated in soft driving, for your convenience and for the environment.
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  • 20 minutes
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Private Photography workshop in Gothenburg

Private Photography workshop in Gothenburg

Get fantastic photos of Gothenburg's landmarks during this private 3-hour photography tour. With your professional photographer guide, hit all the landmarks and highlights of the city, stopping to get the perfect photo each time. Get guidance and instruction on elements of photography such as composition, use of light and shadows, shutter speed and exposure. While you practice your craft, your guide will also provide interesting commentary on the culture and history of Gothenburg. Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention on this private tour.
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  • 3 hours
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$406.58
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Gothenburg by Night: Photography Walking Tour

Gothenburg by Night: Photography Walking Tour

Walk through Gothenburg after nightfall, capturing photos of the all of the landmarks by evening light. This walking photography tour, led by a professional photographer guide, will stop at Gothenburg Opera House and Avenyn, the city's main thoroughfare. Learn about night photography with the guidance of your host while experiencing the nightlife culture of Stockholm. Bring your compact camera or DSLR for this excursion with a small group of 10 people or less to ensure personalized attention. 
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  • 3 hours
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Gothenburg - Tasting of Swedish west coast food

Gothenburg - Tasting of Swedish west coast food

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- Tasting of West Coast food. - Visit places considered as providing the world’s best seafood. - Good Choice for Foodies. - Includes a Private guide. - Tour timings are flexible and can be amended depending on availability.
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Gothenburg city tour by traditional tram

Gothenburg city tour by traditional tram

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You will visit the popular and main destinations of the city by tram and walk which will include all about its culture, heritage, people, markets, shops, agriculture, and modern constructions. It’s a complete package to get to know the city from its core to the fullest. You can also choose to go on this tour on a bus with your private guide.
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  • 2 hours
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