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 Welcome to Gothenburg

 Thursday, June 30, 2016

Welcome to Gothenburg

Gothenburg, founded in 1621 by the King Gustavus Adolphus, is the second largest city in Sweden and the fifth largest in Nordic countries. The town is situated on the west coast of Sweden, by the Kattegat, and has an harbour that is the largest in the Nordic Countries.
This Swedish city is also well known for it's annual Gothenburg Film Festival that is the biggest film festival in the Scandinavia countries. The city includes two universities, the University of Gothenburg and the Chalmers University of Technology, which gives dynamism to the city. Regarding the access to the city, the Göteberg (Gothenburg) Landvetter Airport is about 30 km (approximately 19 Mi) away from the city.

Sightseeing

There are plenty of ways to explore Gothenburg. The famous tourism boat Paddan takes you on a classic tour under the bridges and out in the harbour, but there are other must-see places on land too. If you are interested in flowers and plants, do not miss this: take a tram and visit a lovely park called Slottsskogen. You can also walk in one of the many parks without having to take the tram or the bus. There is Kungsparken, 13 hectares, built from 1839 to 1861, which surrounds the canal that circles the city centre. Gothenburg have one of the most visited amusement parks in Scandinavia, attracting about 3 million visitors annually. Among the noteworthy attractions is the wooden roller coaster Balder twice voted as the Best Wooden Tracked Roller Coaster in the world in a major international poll. The park itself has also been chosen as one of the top ten amusement parks in the world by Forbes Magazine.
Gothenburg also have different museum such as the Röhsska Museum, the Aeroseum that is an aircraft museum close to the Airport and also the Volvo Museum with cars, trucks, engines and buses.
The city also holds an International Science Festival that offers thought-provoking science activities for the public. It is the largest popular-science event in Sweden and one of the leading event in Europe.

Shopping

There is a lot of shopping areas in Gothenburg, from large chains to specialist shops. You can find most stores and brands in the largest shopping center of the town, the Nordstan.
You will find there the largest selection of clothes, but also other goods and you can even take some time to drink or eat in the cafes and restaurants.

Night-life

Gothenburg offers a large variety of nightclubs. It has an interesting selection of pubs, clubs and dining bars. And if you feel like hitting the dance floor ? You can’t go wrong if you end up on the city’s main thoroughfare, the main boulevard, known locally as Avenyn. The nightlife here attracts a mixed crowd from club youngsters to office workers. Around the square Järntorget, you will find in the streets Långgatorna and in Linné the more alternative side of the nightlife, focused around music and culture. You can find open-air café like Bar Himmel or a mix between a bar and restaurant known as Ölrepubliken. There is also a casino. Casino Cosmopol is located in the old Customs House at Packhusplatsen, in a unique port environment. Here you'll find plenty of entertainment, games, food and drink, just as it should be in a proper international casino. You can also discover some asian and oriental restaurants.

Time

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour

Climate

Cold and temperate would define the climate in Gothenburg. The climate is considered to be oceanic according to the Köppen climate classification. The average temperature is 7.6°C and the precipitation averages 772 mm.

Public transportation

Gothenburg has an excellent transport network, which includes tram, buses, trains... With over 50 miles (80 km) of double track the Gothenburg tram is the largest tram network in Nordic countries. The bus network, however, is almost as important. There are also some boat and ferry services. There is no subway cause of the soft ground on which Gothenburg is situated. Tunneling is very expensive in such conditions. You can also find a commuter rail in Gothenburg connecting some nearby cities and towns.


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