Friendly, relaxed Gothenburg may be Sweden's second largest city after the capital, but for many this is by far the better city to visit, or to live in. The neo-classical architecture lining the streets, busy with students and trams, has plenty of charm, but there's also plenty of fresh art and architecture brewing here, in the buzzing hipster cafes or live music venues. The best places to stay in Gothenburg come in all shapes and sizes and to suit all budgets - this is, after all, the home of Scandinavia's largest university, and there's plenty of very affordable fun to be had here.
Gothenburg's waterfront is working, but also historic - this was once Sweden's only western port and the centre of Swedish ship building - so you'll find some ships bringing in the freshest fish, while some bob by the quay as museum pieces.
Behind that you'll find a few scenic,17th Century canals, the dressy Avenyn boulevard with its high end boutiques and graceful buildings, then the creative and fashion districts.
Gothenburg's highlights include a number of really wonderful museums. The themes range from your standard modern art museum to the 'Universeum' - Sweden's great kid's museum, to the random vintage treasures of the Mölndals Warehouse Museum and the Maritiman, the world's largest floating ship museum.
You'll also want to visit the 17th Century hilltop fort of Skansen Kronan and the local Haga district, which has pretty 19th Century wooden houses. And possibly Liseberg, Scandinavia's largest amusement park.
Foodies, or those in search of a tasty bargain, won't want to miss the fish market.
Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Gothenburg are both centrally located, so all the city's highlighs are easily accessible.
Situated in the centre of Gothenburg, a boutique hotel with interesting design and fantastic work spaces. Flora offers guests a trendy lobby, cosy terrace offering food and drink and unique spaces for meetings and showcases. Rooms are full of character and perfect for exploring this eclectic city.
Gothenburg (Box 11065)
Perfectly located five star property in central Gothenburg. The hotel offers a charming restaurant, an English style pub and sultry Plaza bar. Bedrooms are well-equipped with comfortable beds, satellite televisions, toiletries and free WiFi. Cultural sites nearby.
Located in the Eriksberg district - a 10 minute ferry ride from Central Gothenburg. Hotel Villan is a refurbished traditional wooden building overlooking the harbour. Each of the bedrooms has underfloor heating, comfortable beds, all are elegantly decorated. Try local fish in the hotel restaurant.
Five-star Gothenburg hotel which is centrally located and well-equipped. The hotel has been designed in accordance with the principles of feng shui, providing an ambience of calm. Also available is a roof terrace, swimming pool, restaurant, bar and free WiFi. Perfect location for business or leisure
This modern, boutique hotel is a vibrant and exciting gem just minutes form Gothenburg Central Station. Bold guest rooms are opulent in design and come with modern luxuries. The hotel restaurant serves international cuisine throughout the day as well as a welcoming afternoon tea.
Located at the top of Gothia Towers, this luxury hotel offers extensive penthouse suites, modern elegant bedrooms and a glass bottom swimming pool. Upper house boasts a large spa and gym complex as well as a modern cuisine restaurant with stunning views just 10 minutes from the city center.
The design of this luxury hotel in the heart of Göteborg is inspired by the sinful Paris of the early 1900’s. A decadent bar, restaurant with charming terrace and sultry bedrooms - this is a hotel to fall in love with. Try delicious local seafood dishes and original drinks in Bar Amuse.