Discover Gothenburg, Sweden

When you can’t decide where to go… sometimes it’s best to leave it to the Skyscanner Gods. Filtering by date and price order, the decision was made for us to go to Gothenburg in Sweden for my twin sister’s hen do!

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From our short 4 day trip, here’s my top 5 things to do when visiting the city:

CRUISE ALONG THE GOTA ALV RIVER ON A PADDAN BOAT TOUR

A boat tour is always a good idea to see any city from a different perspective. Our tour guide was called Max – a stocky ginger Swedish man with a pot belly and beard. As we cruised along he pointed out key buildings and bridges and made more than a few jokes. Our boat was long with no cover (so remember to dress for the elements) and he said that when the tides are high people have to lie down on the floor to avoid hitting their heads on the low bridges!

This cost around 190 SEK (£15) per person, and lasted just under an hour.

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GET LOST IN THE BOTANICAL GARDENS OF PALMHUSET AT TRÄDGÅRDSFÖRENINGEN

Our visit was in April, and although it was bright sunshine the temperature still felt icy outside! This made the warm Palm house at Trädgårdsföreningen all the more appealing! Inspired by the Crystal Palace in London, it opened its doors to visitors in 1878. Separated in to 5 sections, the further you walked in to the middle, the warmer and tropical the atmosphere becomes. All it’s missing now is some butterflies!

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EAT CINNAMON BUNS IN HAGA

If you’re visiting Gothenburg, then the area of Haga is an absolute MUST. A short walk from the city centre, it’s pedestrian streets are lined with cute independent shops and cafes. Don’t forget to pop in to Café Husaren for one of their famous cinnamon buns, or feast on one of these delicious marshmallow-topped cupcakes! (if you know the name of these please comment below!)

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TAKE A TRIP TO THE GOTHENBURG ARCHIPELAGO

Unfortunately, we only had time to visit Brännö – an island in the Southern Göteborg Archipelago, but this was my favourite place on our visit.  We took a 45 minute journey on the number 11 tram from the Central tram station down to Saltholmen to catch the ferry across. Completely unspoilt and incredibly clean, we took a sunny walk across the island to explore. It was super cute, with lovely little houses, and you can easily walk from one side of the island to the other!

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As someone who tends to gravitate towards warmer climates, Sweden was a pleasant surprise and I would definitely recommend Gothenburg! The streets are clean, the people friendly and the seafood unreal.

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Follow me on @shore_to_surface for more adventures! Next stop Malta.

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