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About Gothenburg

Gothenburg is a major city on the southern west coast of Sweden, and is home to 491,630 people. The city is situated on the exquisite banks of the Göta älv River, and is an important seaport. Dutch-style canals, nestled in magnificent boulevards yield to exhilarating amusement parks, streamlined with dazzling restaurants, fancy cafes and state-of-the-art shopping malls.

Cheap flights to Gothenburg are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this lusciously beautiful city. Gothenburg is home to Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT), which is approximately a 25-minute scenic drive from the city center.

Why visit Gothenburg

Canal in City of Gothenburg

Sightseeing

Gothenburg has attractions and sights to suit various tastes and interests. This city’s most alluring attractions are the historical buildings, architecture, natural landscaping, cuisine and perfect archipelagoes.

Nightlife Gothenburg

Nightlife

Nightclubs burst from the ranks of the boulevard Avenyn, with pulsing bars, glitzy dance floors and colourful cocktails in abundance. The nightlife rocks till the early hours of the morning.

Grilled Steak, French Fries And Vegetables

Cuisine

There are new kids on the block. The youngest food culinary experts of Gothenburg experiment on gourmet cuisine such as lemongrass flanked steak, spicy salmon, and grilled chicken.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Sweden
Currency Swedish krona (SEK)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.695 SEK
Language Swedish, English
Hub Airport Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT)
Airline Scandinavian Airlines
Time Zone GMT +1 hours
Travel Adaptor Type F

Best time to visit Gothenburg

Summer (June – August): When it comes to weather, the perfect time to visit Gothenburg is during the summer season. This is the city’s peak season, and every traveller flocks here. Temperatures are warm and days are pleasantly sunny. You can expect to find accommodation filled to the brim, book early to avoid being disappointed. Most folks flock to the beaches to enjoy the midnight summer sun. Spring (March – May): This season is by far prettier than summer. A plethora of wild and exotic flowers bloom, covering the embankments, parks and natural landscaping with scenic views and mesmerising colours. It is a great time for photography, and enjoying the different species of flora. Winter (November – March): This is the city’s off season, and freezing weather sets in through October. Almost everywhere is covered in a thick blanket of snow. Temperatures range from minus 2 – 5 degrees Celsius. Accommodation is plentiful and crowds in the city are sparse. You can still enjoy indoor activities like the museums, theatres and movie entertainment houses.

Weather & Climate in Gothenburg

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) -4°C -4°C -2°C 2°C 7°C 11°C 12°C 12°C 9°C 6°C 1°C -2°C
High (°C) 1°C 1°C 5°C 9°C 16°C 19°C 20°C 20°C 16°C 11°C 6°C 3°C
Rainfall (mm) 74 59 46 53 51 63 76 62 54 92 70 78

Gothenburg is one of the largest cities in Sweden. Stunning architecture and spectacular skyscrapers adorn the horizon of this awe-inspiring city. The older buildings convey a cosy feeling and a unique flair about the place.

The city is situated on the exquisite banks of the Göta älv River, and is an important seaport. Dutch-style canals nestled in magnificent boulevards yield to exhilarating amusement parks, streamlined with dazzling restaurants, fancy cafes and state-of-the-art shopping malls.

Shopping is excellent, with a variety of department stores, boutiques, shopping centres and other shopping options to suit all preferences. As the city is extremely modern, you will find just about anything and everything under the sun at places such as Nordstan. For something a bit more Swedish, look out for unique design items for the home at the Röhsska shop; or for something more native, try the covered road of Victoria passagen – here you can find crafts from the indigenous Sami people of Swedish Lapland.

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South Africans require a Schengen visa to enter Gothenburg, Sweden - which is valid for up to 90 days.

• Allow enough time for visa processing.

• Ensure your passport has a validity period of at least six months.

• Ensure your passport has 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

• The application confirmation page from your online visa application.

• A copy of the barcoded confirmation document showing proof of payment and appointment.

• A recent photo (50mm x 50mm).

• The South African Embassy to Sweden is situated at the following address: The Chancery, 4th floor, Fleminggatan 20, 112 26 Stockholm (about four and a half hours from Gothenburg). Telephone: +46 (0) 8 24 39 50.

There are vaccination requirements if you are travelling from a country outside of the US. There are no real health risks within Gothenburg. Consider the following when you plan a trip.

• Vaccinations for hepatitis A, B, diphtheria, tetanus and rabies are recommended. • Acquire comprehensive travel insurance. • Drink and eat safely. • Watch your beverages at all times when going to nightclubs. • Always be vigilant, as crime occurs in any country, and watch your personal belongings. • Do not be too flashy with money and expensive jewellery. • Make copies of bank and credit cards, and other important documentation in case they are lost or stolen. • Secure valuable personal belongings within the hotel safe. • Avoid public or local demonstrations. • Remain alert when walking around at night, and abide by the local government laws. • Bring plenty of sunblock of a high sun protection factor and try not to spend too much time in the sun. • If you are travelling with medication, ensure that the medication is clearly marked and in original containers. Along with the prescription or letter from your doctor. • For spectacle users, bring a spare pair or prescription contact lenses.

Stay close to the Gothenburg Arena. Several hotels are within walking distance from the major arenas in the event districts.

Hotels on the main Boulevard on Avenyn are literally just a stone’s throw away from the nightlife and restaurant scene. The concert hall and city theatre, Götaplatsen, is also within radius, and there are a number of hotels in the centre of these attractions.

Have sweet dreams in the heart of the city, with hotels suitable for any budget and liking. The location is perfect for anyone arriving from the central bus station wanting to be within walking distance of accommodation. Restaurants, shops, and cafes are just around the corner, waiting for you to explore them after you’ve been checked in.

Bus, trams and boats: a three-day ticket enables you to use of these transportation facilities. Tickets can be purchased at the nearest 7 Eleven Kiosk or Tourist Centre.

Bicycles: There are over 50 bike rental stations around the city, and you can pick up or leave your bike at any one of them. The first 30-minutes of renting is always free; afterwards tariffs start to be implemented.

Taxi: Either call or book your taxi, hail one on the street, or board one which is waiting at designated taxi stops around the city.

Car: All parking metres and street parking have a label with the word ‘TAXA’ followed by a letter or number. There is a schedule available from the Tourist Centre which indicates the allocated free time, daily. Of course car hiring facilities are also available from the airport once you’ve landed.

Main attractions in Gothenburg

Älvsborgsbron

Älvsborgsbron

Skansen Kronan

Skansen Kronan

Maritiman

Maritiman

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