After a city break filled with culture? Look no further than a holiday in Gothenburg - you won't be disappointed! The city was once the centre of Sweden's ship building industry so it's only apt that you visit Maritiman – it boasts the title of the "world's biggest floating museum of ships". Car enthusiasts should head towards the Volvo Museum for a fascinating insight into the brand. If you're after a relaxing day head towards Slottsskogen – it's a popular place to have a picnic and watch the world go by. Children will love a visit the zoo in the grounds.
With low-cost airline Ryanair offering direct flights to Gothenburg, it's the perfect break for a budget getaway. Other various airlines such as SAS, City Airline, bmi and British Airways also offer direct flights so it's worth shopping around before you take the plunge, after all you want to make sure you get the best deal! You'll fly into Landvetter Airport which is located around 20 kilometres southeast of the city.
At the airport you'll have the option of catching a bus or jumping in a taxi to reach your final destination. The bus stop is situated outside the check-in area and it takes around 20 minutes to reach the city centre, depending on the traffic. Alternatively you can pick up a taxi from outside the arrivals hall. It's important that you confirm the fare with the driver before you begin your journey.
Gothenburg is home to a good public transport system which consists of buses, trams and ferries. If you're planning on taking full advantage of public transport, it may be worth buying a pre-paid card. You can purchase ones valid for up to three days allowing you to have unlimited travel - meaning no sites in the city are out of bounds!
As with any city, there's no end of different types of accommodation with something to suit every budget. Therefore you'll have no problem sourcing cheap hotels in Gothenburg - the trick is to book well in advance. Sweden is home to very long days in the summer so it's no surprise that this is a popular time to visit. If you're after a bargain try to visit during the spring – the weather will still be pleasant and you'll beat the crowds.
If you're looking to make the most out of your holiday in Gothenburg then it's worth investing in the Gothenburg City Pass. You'll gain free admission to all museums and attractions, several sightseeing tours by bus or boat, parking and free travel on public transport. There's also the added bonus of special discounts in certain stores. You can buy one valid for 24 or 48 hours depending on how many sites you want to cram in – they're available from the Tourist Information Centre.
Updated 4th December 2013
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