COMPLETE TOUR OF GÖTEBORG
Sightseeing, Cultural, Lunch not included
An unmissable tour to discover Göteborg, its most famous sights and locations as well as its hidden corners: from the historic crowded squares, typical fish markets and art galleries to the picturesque Haga district in a sort of journey through time between tradition and modernity.
What we will see
- Sightseeing tour of Göteborg: Opera House, Chalmers University of Technology, Gustav Adolf square, Avenyn boulevard
- Feskekôrka: indoor fish market with restaurants and delis
- Järntorget square with granite fountain: 5 female sculptures representing the five continents
- Skansen Kronan fortress
- Short stop for photos near the Röda Sten art gallery
- Götaplatsen square with Poseidon bronze statue
- Free time for lunch and shopping of local products
- Stroll in the Haga district: picturesque houses, 19th-century atmosphere and cafés
What we will do
- We begin our sightseeing tour of Göteborg by admiring its most famous sights such as the Opera House, a majestic Post-Modern building overlooking the water, the Chalmers University of Technology with its 13 departments founded in 1829 by William Chalmers, director of the Swedish East India Company, the Gustav Adolf square, hub of the public life, seat of the Town Hall and named after the 17th-century Swedish king and great leader who founded Göteborg, and the Avenyn boulevard, the shopping street brimming with life and boasting many pubs, restaurants and fashionable shops and filled with street artists entertaining the tourists as well as the locals.
- Our guide also shows us other more hidden sights but just as interesting and true symbols of the city.
- Among them, we see the Feskekôrka, whose name in Swedish means “fish church” and which derives from the fact that the building looks like a Gothic Revival church. It is in fact an indoor fish market overlooking the canal and looks just like a church. It also features many restaurants and delis where we can savour the typical products of the western coast (lobsters, prawns, oysters and shrimp).
- We continue our itinerary by admiring the granite fountain by Tore Strindberg located in the centre of Järntorget square inside a square pedestal. It features 5 female sculptures representing the five Continents.
- The next stop takes us to the Skansen Kronan fortress, surrounded by 23 cannons and built during the second half of the 17th century with a defensive function against the Danish attack from the south. The fortress is now a private facility used for congresses as well as for events and weddings.
- After visiting the fortress, we stop briefly for photos near the Röda Sten art gallery (meaning “red stone” in Swedish), a famous centre for contemporary art located in an old industrial district under the Älvsborg bridge. Its name derives from the nearby red varnished stones and the gallery is divided into four levels hosting temporary exhibitions and events.
- We then reach the famous Götaplatsen, inaugurated in 1923 on the occasion of an international fair to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city. At the centre of the square, which is the city's cultural hub, we admire the majestic bronze statue of Poseidon by Carl Milles.
- We then have some free time for lunch and to discover the wide range of products local shops have to offer.
- One last stop awaits us after our lunch and shopping break and before returning to the ship: a stroll in the company of our guide around the Haga district, renowned for its picturesque houses made partly of brick and partly of wood, its 19th-century atmosphere and its many cafés. It was born as a suburb inhabited by the working class but it evolved over the years to become one of the most popular destinations with both tourists and locals, especially after many buildings were refurbished or rebuilt during the 1980s.