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MARITIME DELIGHTS IN GOTHENBURG
Charming canals, unusual shops and world-class attractions – all this and more lies in store for you in beautiful Gothenburg! Explore top sights such as Haga Old Town, Gothenburg Opera House and peaceful Slottsskogen Park with ease from the conveniently located luxury Radisson Blu Scandinavian Hotel and Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel. Finish up your trip on a high note with a visit to Liseberg amusement park!
Sweden’s second city has never felt itself outshone by Stockholm. Here you will find some of Sweden’s most successful companies like Volvo and SKF. As well as a phenomenal variety of leisure and cultural activities. Everything from rock festivals like Way Out West to one of Europe’s finest opera houses, Gothenburg Opera, down on the waterfront. You are never far from the sea here, thanks to the city’s quays, ferries and canals which serve as a reminder of the Dutchmen who planned the city in the 17th century. Our two Radisson Blu hotels are located conveniently near to Gothenburg’s meeting places. Elegant hotels perfectly situated for meetings in the old business quarter.
Meetings are what Gothenburg is most famous for thanks to all its successful companies, Gothenburg University, Chalmers University of Technology and the constant presence of shipping. Many of the Nordic Region’s most important trade fairs take place at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre. Such as the Gothenburg Book Fair: one of the biggest in Europe. The newly-built Lindholmen Science Park, just next door to the Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel, also attracts visitors from all over the world. A business park specialising in IT, telecom, media and design. Even when it was founded in the 17th century, it was business that inspired the Dutch, Germans, Scots and English to move here.
The perennial international attraction of Gothenburg has meant that it is a truly cosmopolitan city. People meet up here in the cafés or over a meal. Local cuisine is famed for its excellent use of raw ingredients from the fishing port. If you just want to wander, no city in Sweden can equal a stroll down ”Avenyn”. The broad Kungsportsavenyn, complete with bars, shops and restaurants, runs right through the heart of the city. Up to Götaplatsen, where you will find Gothenburg’s beautiful Art Museum, the Concert House and the City Theatre. Visitors are always keen to sit down, relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the view. Just a short stroll from the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.
Linnégatan, Kungsgatan, Drottninggatan, Avenyn, Östra hamngatan... Gothenburg has many classic shopping streets. If you don’t know the city, we suggest you start your shopping excursion in the area around Brunnsparken. Not only is there the big Nordstan shopping mall but also ”Nordiska Kompaniet” – NK, with the best in fashion and design. Within the old moats, here is the downtown area known as Innerstaden. An open-air shopping precinct on old stone streets and squares with vegetable stalls, musicians, statues, shady trees, outdoor restaurants and small shops.
In the alleys around Magasinsgatan and Vallgatan, in addition to fashion you will also find lots of exciting interior design. Classic and avantgarde. Visit interior design shops like Granit, Grandmas or Artilleriet: one of Sweden’s trendiest. For unexpected finds there’s also Ebbes Hörna or the Antique Halls on Västra Hamngatan: a time-honoured shopping area with lots of small antique shops. The area around Gothenburg’s other pedestrian street, Linnégatan, also has lots of shops and cafés.
The indoor food market at Kungstorget is a must for foodies. Food from all over the world as well as local specialities. The shopkeepers invite you to sample their wares and you can visit one of the small, cosy restaurants. For aficionados of fish and seafood, Gothenburg has the indoor fish market, the strangely ecclesiastical Feskekörka (Fish Church). You won’t find fresher fish and seafood anywhere. The locals here can easily tell the difference between a freshly caught and day-old flounder.
For shopping, Gothenburg really does have something for everyone. It is well known for its buyers and retailers who have their finger on the fashion pulse. Bargains are to be found everywhere. Not just in the big pedestrian malls. And whichever Radisson Blu you choose in Gothenburg, a shopping spree is never far away.
A good start to a day in Gothenburg is a stroll through the Slottsskogen park. Wild animals and fabulous scenery but also cafés and restaurants. This large park has been the locals’ favourite meeting place since 1874. In the north-east corner is the Natural History Museum. From there, take a tram (and those charming trams are a tourist attraction in their own right) to Maritiman, the world’s largest floating museum. An Eldorado for ship enthusiasts: full of warships, tugs and merchant ships. And just nearby is the beautiful old sailing ship, Viking. You can easily get here by boat from the Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel on the other side of the river.
Right by the ships is the Gothenburg Opera, famed for its modern architecture and one of the leading opera houses of northern Europe. Music is important in Gothenburg. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra has become internationally renowned as one of the leading interpreters of Nordic music and is based in the Concert House. It’s situated in Götaplatsen, adorned with Milles’s statue of Poseidon, and at the very end of the iconic Avenyn.
Opposite Poseidon is the Gothenburg Museum of Art with its unique collections: Sweden’s leading museum for art from the end of the 19th century. The influential Röhsska Museum for Fashion, Design and the Decorative Arts is only a stone’s throw away. For those who enjoy museums, Gothenburg has a lot to offer. The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre is the most famous in Sweden. Every year, the congresses and trade fairs held here attract many visitors. The world’s leading authors attend the Gothenburg Book Fair: one of the largest in Europe. Only a short distance away is Liseberg, the largest amusement park in the Nordic Region. Breathtaking rollercoasters and other attractions await you. Liseberg is also a beautiful park with restaurants and concert stages. A wonderful place to watch the sun set over Gothenburg.
A visit to the classic Sjömagasinet with its world-class fish and seafood is a must for many visitors to Gothenburg. Just across the water from Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel. Others prefer one of the many close-by classic restaurants. There’s something for everyone. Swedish traditional cooking or international cuisine at restaurants like Kometen and 28+. Or why not new Asian cuisine at Hello Monkey? For others, no visit is quite complete without a taste of Swedish meatballs at Köttbullekällaren next to Saluhallen. For beer-lovers, a visit to 7:ans just round the corner is a must: a genuine beer-hall from the beginning of the last century. The locals love to get together over a beer or coffee.
Few Nordic music festivals attract such major artists as Gothenburg’s Way Out West, which is held in Slottsskogen every summer. Music is important to the city and there are venues for everything from electronica to classical. Nefertiti is a legendary jazz club in the heart of Gothenburg, which also houses the city’s most eclectic nightclub. Stora Teatern was previously the home of the opera but is now used for musicals, shows and plays. For theatre-goers, there’s also Göteborg City Theatre right by Avenyn and Götaplatsen.
Gothenburg has something for everyone. Cultural events like the annual Gothenburg Book Fair, or another of the Congress Centre’s many events. Top class opera and a rock scene that has made waves internationally. The chefs here are some of the best in the country and have one of the world’s best larders in nearby Skagerack. And yet, often the simplest pleasures are more than enough. A walk along Linnégatan or Avenyn. Pop in somewhere for a drink. Always near home. Home to Radisson Blu.