Gothenburg is the second largest city of Sweden and the fifth-largest of the Nordic countries.

It is situated on the west coast of Sweden and was founded as a heavily fortifies, primarily Dutch, trading colony in 1621. 

The city is encircled by rocky shoreline, deep forests, tranquil lakes and the surging sea to the west. No other Swedish city gives such easy access to nature. Right on the doorstep are wide open spaces and magical islands.

Gothenburg is an open and accessible city. It offers almost everything you would expect of a cosmopolitan city – within walking distance. All you need is right in the city and you can get everywhere on foot – from the Central Station to your hotel, to the arenas,shopping, restaurants and nightlife. 

Due to Gothenburg’s advantageous location in the center of Scandinavia, trade and shipping have always played a major role in the cities economic history. Gothenburg port has come to be the largest harbor in Scandinavia.

Gothenburg in figures

  • Continent:       Europe
  • Country:          Sweden
  • Population:      564 000
  • Coordinates:   57°42′N11°58′E
  • Altitude:          12 m / 39,37 ft.
  • Time Zone:      Central European Time (CET) UTC+1
  • Language:        Swedish           
  • Currency:        Swedish Krona (SEK)
  • Universities:    2 (University of Gothenburg, Chalmers)
 
MaximumTemperature
MinimumTemperature Rain Days
January 0,6°C -3,9°C 11
February 1,1°C -4,6°C 7
March 4,5°C -2,3°C 9
April 9,2°C 1,1°C 8
May 15,6°C 5,7°C 9
June 19,2°C 10,1°C 9
July 20,1°C 11,5°C 10
August 19,6°C 11,6°C 11
September 15,8°C 8,3°C 11
October 11,4°C 5,6°C 12
November 6,2°C -2,7°C 13
December 2,6°C -2,7°C 11

Climate:

 

 

Sight Seeing:

Lisberg

Lisberg is Scandinavia´s largest amusement park and offers head-spinning rides, carousels and concerts all over the summer. You can discover around 40 different attractions and rides, such as AtmosFear, the tallest free fall ride in Europe, and the award-winning wooden roller coaster Balder.

The amousement park Lisberg is within walking distance to the city center of Gothenburg.

Address: 

Örgrytevägen 5
41251 Gothenburg

Gothenburg Museum of Art

The museum has three stars in Michelin’s Green Guide and houses impressive Nordic collections dating from the 15th century, among other works of art. The art collection is one of the finest in Northern Europe with significant Nordic and international artwork.  Next door is the City Theatre and Art Deco Concert Hall.

Address:

Götaplatsen
41256 Gothenburg

The Garden Society 

In the heart of the city, the Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen) is one of Europe’s most beautifully preserved 19th-century parks. Here, you can stroll amid rolling lawns, exotic plants, and historic buildings. Don´t miss the palm house, built in 1878 with its exotic plants in a Mediterranean climate.

Address:

Slussgatan 1
46011 Gothenburg

Universum

In the center of Gothenburg, Universum ist he largest science center oft he Nordic countries. Throughout its seven floors you can experience a tropical rainforest, huge aquariums and lots of exciting experiments – on your own or with the Universeum guides.  Explore the Swedish wilderness with its fish and birds, visit our sharks and rays and step into a space station. You can also see snakes and other poisonous animals, go on a rainforest safari among monkeys, sloths and caimans and learn how nature has inspired new technologies,

Address:

Södra vägen 50
40020 Gothenburg

The Gothenburg Archipelago

The archipelago of Gothenburg with over 20 islands stretches along the west coast of Sweden. You don’t have to travel far from the city to find charming villages, stunning nature and beaches. Seal safaris, sea-fishing and boat excursions are just some of the activities available here.

The Bohuslän archipelago is located just north of Gothenburg, it runs almost 280 km up Sweden’s west coast and is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

West Sweden Tourist Board has put together loads of inspiration and information on ferry lines and route suggestions if you wish to go island hopping in Bohuslän.

Visit their WEBSITEfor more information.

Shopping

In Gothenburg you can explore small indie shops, international stores and large malls. Gothenburg has an established fashion design scene and many local brands. Gothenburg has everything you need for a successful shopping tour.

Arkaden: 

The shopping mall Arkaden has around 20 shops on three floors, focusing mainly on fashion and design. Arkaden is located in the city center and was opened in 1899.

Address:

Fredsgatan 1
41107 Gothenburg

Opening times:

Mon-Fri  10am – 8pm
Sat         10am – 6pm
Sun        10am – 5pm

Nordstan: 

In Scandinavia’s leading shopping centre you’ll find 200 shops offering the latest in all possible areas. The largest collection is in fashion – clothing and shoes.

You will also find cosmetics, consumer electronics, sport shops, flowers, toys, home furnishings, banks, liquors, restaurants, pharmacy and much more.The shopping centre is composed of eight blocks under one roof.

Address:

Götgatan 10
41105 Gothenburg

Opening times:

Mon-Fri 10am – 8pm
Sat         10am – 6pm
Sun        10am – 6pm

The Market Hall Saluhallen:

The Market Hall Saluhallen was built at the boatyard at Götaverkan between the years 1888 and 1889and is the biggest indoor market in town. At Saluhallen, you find spices, coffee, cheese, fruit and other delicacies from all over the world. The Market Hall is home to around forty shops and places to eat.

Address:

Kungstorget
411 17 Gothenburg

Opening times:

Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm

Restaurants

Restaurants at the conference hotel:

Norda Bar & Grill:

The restaurant Norda is located at the second floor of the Clarion Post Hotel and serves classics of the Swedish west coast as well as dishes influenced from the Manhattan kitchen. 

Norda serves daily dinner from 5pm – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday until 11pm.

vRA – Sushi & raw food

At vRA the focus is on Scandinavian ingredients, combined with flavors from Japan. The ingredients are selected to the season and the restaurants offers tasting menus to give an exceptional dining experience.  

Opening times:

Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm

Other restaurants nearby Opening Ours Distance to conference venue Kitchen
Brasa Mo-Fri 11am-2pm                17pm-12pm      Sat       17pm-12pm  450m Brasilian
O´Learys Sun-Fri 11am-11pmSat        11am-12pm 150m American
Dubbel Dubbel Sun-Mo 8am-2pm Tu-Sat   8am-2pm                  5pm-12pm 400m Dim Sum/Chinese
Frati Mo-Fri 11am-10pmSat         1pm-11pm 500m Italien

Public Transport:

The Västtrafik operates the bus, tram and ferry boat systems in Gothenburg. 

Bus and tram interchange stations are specially designed to facilitate fast and safe switching between different modes of transport and are easily accessible for special-needs passengers.

  • Tram

With its 12 lines, 117 km of tracks and 132 stations, Gothenburg’s tram system is one of the largest in North-Europe. The trams run approximately every 8-10 minutes during daylight and twice every hour at night.

  • Bus

Buses operate in throughout Gothenburg and are the perfect solution to travel quickly through the city. Bus lines heading in the same direction often departs from the same part of the city. There are several express bus lines leaving the city and connecting to the far outskirts, cities and towns around Gothenburg. Unlike the inner-city buses, they have comfortable seats and travel quickly.

  • Ferry

Two ferry services run across the river. Älvsnabben is the regular ferry service with traffic every thirty minutes and Älvsnabbare, which runs between Rosenlund and Lindholmspiren (free of charge) during work hours. Beside transports, this can be a good way to see the city from the river.

Ferries to the southern archipelago run from Saltholmen, with three different lines: Vrångö line, Brännö Rödsten line and the less trafficated Förö line. The service runs once an hour or less.

  • Tickets

In Gothenburg, trams, buses and boats are always included in your public transport ticket/card. All tickets and travelling cards can be purchased at any of the public transport operator Västtrafik’s sales outlets and at the tourist information centers.

Tourists and others, planning to travel every day, are advised to buy a 1, 3 or 30 day ticket. A blue card called the Västtrafik card is charged with ticket information. They cost 80 SKR (1 day), 160 SKR (3 days) and 505 SKR (30 days) inside Gothenburg.

  • Taxi

There are several taxi companies, for example Taxi Göteborg (031-650000), Taxi Kurir (031-272727) and Minitaxi (031-140140). Taxi fares in Gothenburg are not regulated and are therefore very expensive.

It’s your responsibility to check the prices beforehand. You can do so by checking the yellow and white label on the backdoor window of the taxi car. The unit price is usually between 290 SKR and 390 SKR. 

Many Taxis accept payment by credit card.

FAQ

F.A.Q

  • Emergency Numbers: 
  • 112         (for emergencies)
  • 1177       (for medical advice)
  • 11 414    (for non-emergency incidents)
  • 113 13    (for information about none acute accidents and emergencies)

Electricity

The standard voltage in Slovenia is 230 volts, 50Hz AC with a round two-pin plug (European standard).

Opening Times:

Shops

Open Monday – Saturday 9 am to 7 pm

Supermarkets

Open Monday – Saturday 9 am to 9 pm. reduced hours or closed on Sundays

Bank

Banks are open Monday – Friday 9 am to 6 pm

Changing Money

Exchange offices, hotel receptions, tourist agencies, petrol stations and major shopping centers.

Restaurants and hot food
Open fairly generally from 11 am to 11 pm

Post offices

Open from 8 am to 10 am and from 3 pm to 8 pm

Tipping:

Tipping is optional, but appreciated in restaurants. It’s common to add 5-10% on the food bill or round up the amount. Taxi-drivers will appreciate a small tip too, but it’s normally not needed in hotel unless you receive extra-ordinary treatment.