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A youthful city right up your avenue

A youthful city right up your avenue

Located on the North Sea, Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden and the largest port in Scandinavia. The rest of the region is easily accessible by train – Capital Stockholm in just over three hours, Copenhagen in 3.5 to 4 hours and Oslo in four. With a Eurail Scandinavia Pass, you’ll hop to each with ease. But don’t rush off just yet.

The Göta river runs right through the city, perfect for taking a boating or kayaking trip and seeing Gothenburg from a different vantage point. This is also the gateway to a seemingly endless archipelago of islands that you can hop at will. It has taken some time, but the place has truly transformed itself from a dull, industrial seaport to a modern, culturally significant city. Long known as a university town, the population is young and demanding. A staid scene (and exorbitant prices) simply won’t cut it here. The area contains cool cafes, restaurants and nightclubs buzzing into the early morning hours.

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Not ready to party at the university level ? There’s a quieter side to Gothenburg. The "Avenue" as Kungsportsavenyn is more kurtly known, is the major avenue in the city. Filled with restaurants and local shops, the Avenue was created as part of an international town planning competition in the mid-19th century, it runs the length of 3,000 feet, ending at Götaplatsen Square. It’s here you’ll find the Göteborg Museum of Art renowned for its collection of Nordic art from the contemporary present and back to the end of the 19th century.

Want to be artistically inspired ? Opened in 1923, the Gothenburg Botanic Garden has been awarded 3rd place in the "Most Beautiful Garden in Europe" competition. With nearly 16,000 species of plants and trees, it totals over 400 acres and includes a nature reserve, an arboretum and a Rock Garden.

Now you’ve strolled wide boulevards, seen art and smelled the flowers. Time for an adrenaline rush. Liseberg is located in the heart of the city and is similar to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. With 35 rides and entertainment venues, the amusement parks offers thrills, spills and laughter for kids and grown-ups. Liseberg attracts roller coaster aficionados worldwide thanks to its famous wooden roller coaster. At Christmas, you’ll find a gorgeous market with the requisite glühwein and decorative bric-a-brac. You can wake up at the park, too, thanks to hotels and hostels on site. Be first in line !

Roller coasters not your thing ? For a smoother ride, take a tour of the Volvo Museum. The company was founded here in 1927. The motto has been "it’s boxy but good." The same can be said of Gothenburg – a city that has been boxed in by its more popular capital, this second city of Sweden has good nightlife, good parks and good people.
Sounds like a good reason to visit.

Gothenburg station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Gothenburg.

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    Smooth Sailing Across Sweden |
    "My friend and I recently journeyed from Stockholm to Gothenburg, going right across the country from east to west. The train, departing Stockholm Central at 08:22, was extremely comfortable and smooth, with the friendly and courteous attendants making the 4-hour journey most enjoyable ! Our coach (no. 1) was spotless and pleasant-smelling. Apart from the people, weather and scenery, this is one more aspect of Sweden that we simply loved ! I haven't stopped talking about my experience ever since I returned home. "

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    "1. No room for 26” luggage to put on floor and it is too heavy and too big to put on the rack above seat. 2. When booking online, seats allocated separately in different rows. "

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    "it would be great if we can book our seat instead of being assigned. our family of 4 was seated separately, though not far away. "