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Walking in Gothenburg – The Best Way to Experience the City

A Lovely View Captured on Our Walk

By Lakshmi:

Today we had a sunny, mild day in Gothenburg.  So the day was filled with walking expeditions around the city.  Honestly, I have walked so much around the city or trammed it that the streets and squares feel familiar.  That’s a true testament to having explored the city.

This morning, we took a long, leisurely walk from our hotel in Majorna, a very old part of Gothenburg, to the Varldskulturmuseet (also known as the World Culture Museum) in Liseberg.  Here are neighborhoods we covered during our walk.

Majorna is a relatively quiet part of the city and the streets are dotted with cafes (including a gluten free one!), schools, apartments and stores.  There are multiple design/home goods stores and in the last several days, I have covered all of them.

Stigberget and Mast Hugget have storefronts on one side and the water on the other.  Mast Hugget ends at Järntorget (or the main square which is filled with stores and cafes).  Yesterday, I sat on a bench for a while,  watching students mill around Järntorget.

Haga is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Gotheburg and is filled with antique shops, book stores, cafes, and of course Cafe Husaren, the place with the giant yummy cinnamon buns.  Unlike their cream cheese icing soaked brethren in the US, these buns are the perfect breakfast or snack food with a cup of coffee.

Vasastaden is an old, elite neighborhood, filled with greenery and home to the impressive structure of Gothenburg University.  In fact the university has many buildings scattered across multiple blocks.

Lorensburg is filled with more cafes and one consistent feature of the outdoor sitting area in these cafes is the presence of blankets on the seats.  Given the weather changes, the cafes sure know to take care of their patrons.

When we finally got to Liseberg and the museum, we were taken aback.  The local tourist office mentioned this spot as a must do in Gothenburg, and given our outlook, we were very much looking forward to the experience.  However, we were both disappointed with the museum.  The exhibits were spartan, several in Swedish alone and even the ones claiming to be a cultural journey were very basic.  Maybe the target audience for the museum is kids and not adults.

They say the joy of travel like life lies in the journey and not the destination.  That was certainly true of our outing today.  While the World Culture Museum did not delight, our walk enabled us to savor many of the sights and smells of Gothenburg which were accentuated by the continual presence of a breathtaking assortment of flowers and flower arrangements throughout the city.

How Do You Make The Most of a Cold, Rainy Day in Gothenburg? You Visit the Archipelago!

A home on Gothenburg’s southern archipelago

By Lakshmi:

Today is a very cold and rainy day in Gothenburg, something the local tourist office tells us is quite common and in fact is all-pervasive in the winter.  So, being the adventure lovers we are, we decided that being outdoors would be the perfect day to spend the day.  First, rather than take a very convenient 15 minute tram ride from our hotel in Majorna to Centrum, we decided that walking in the drizzle would be kind of cool.  It sure was cool, since we somehow messed up following the tram lines and ended up on a bike path that led to a highway and eventually  to the canal from which we made our way to Centrum.  The time taken – a mere 90 minutes.  Once we got to Centrum, we wanted to visit the Art Museum and spend a few hours.  We did not check to see that the Art Museum was closed on Mondays.  So, off we trotted to the local tourist office and the staff member had two excellent suggestions – get a 72 hour all modes of transport visitor’s pass and then take the public transportation network to see the archipelago.

So once Siddhi and I got our passes for 140 Kroner each and walked to the ferry terminal to take a ferry from across the Gothenburg Opera House to Klippan.   Ferrying appears to be a way of life in Sweden, as does tramming and busing.  People rely on public transportation extensively.  At Klippan, we crossed the street and found Tram number 9 to take us to Kungsten, and from there we took Tram number 11 to Saltholmen from where we would catch a ferry to the southern islands.  Of all the rides, the ride to Saltholmen was the prettiest with some of the most beautiful homes that looked like they were straight out of a fairy tale….clapboard siding, the traditional tile roofs, and flowers neatly planted all around.

Through each mode of transportation, we realized that there were little to no tourists, just locals going about their day-to-day business.  At Saltholmen, our ferry was packed with locals who lived on these islands.  As the ferry approached the first island, we saw beautiful homes on the water.  The southern archipelago is car free, so as people got off the ferries, they either walked or biked home.  On the island of Köpstadsö –also apparently known as the “wheelbarrow island”, we saw residents wheelbarrow their way home!  We also saw Kanso which is virtually inaccessible to tourists.  While some islands looked fairly developed others looked like they had homes plonked in the middle of the ocean with little to no fanfare.

The entire round trip of island viewing was about two hours after which we followed the same path back to our hotel.   The highlight of this cold, rainy day?  Midway through the day the sole of my shoe separated from the top, leaving the biggest gaping space through which the cold air and water had a field day.  Those shoes have been discarded and we are hoping for some sunshine to grace us tomorrow.