Thursday, 25 May 2017

48 hours in Gothenburg

Gothenburg
When Ryanair decide to have a sale to cheer us up after political disaster, you can't really say no to it! And that is exactly what me and Leigh did when Ryanair had a sale once Brexit and Article 50 was actually triggered and put into place. The cheapest options were Switzerland, Toulouse, or Gothenburg. So after falling in love with Iceland (we both went at the same time which was a HUGE coincidence) we decided to stick with the Scandi theme and we booked those cheap flights to Gothenburg to allow us to spend a weekend abroad somewhere
Gothenburg City Card
When planning our trip, which coincidentally fell on Eurovision weekend, Leigh told me about City Cards to use whilst out there and it seemed like a good shout to grab one! It would mean our public transport for the weekend and entry into places would be free all weekend for us, which saves us a lot of cash in the long run! As well as the need to carry a lot of cash with us

FYI, it turns out a lot of places in Sweden/Gothenburg are cash LESS. We went for tacos one night and I had to put it on my credit card as the restaurant doesn't take cash. Beyond Retro didn't take cash either. We asked before we ate everywhere if they took cash. So if you plan to go to Sweden, kinda no point for the Swedish Krone anymore. Just take your credit card

The city card even allows you 2 for 1 on the bus that runs between Landvetter airport and the city centre. I wish I knew about that before I had already booked our Flygbussarna return ticket....
Gothenburg
The first thing we did on our trip was take a tram to Saltholmen Brygga where we could then catch a ferry to go and explore Gothenburgs Archipelago Islands just off the coast. It was a 35 minute tram journey but you also can't miss your stop as Saltholmen is the end of the line, with the ferry port being directly opposite. This is how you get to the islands and there are various ferries doing various journeys around the different islands (Research which ones you want to go to maybe, or do what we did and just get the first ferry that happens to be leaving at the time!)

With our City Card we can use the trams for free, and we could use the ferry for free! We hopped on to the first ferry that was heading out and we ended up stopping off at Styrso
Styrso Island
Styrso is considered the hub of the southern part of the Archipelago. I think that is mainly because it is the biggest and the central one. 1,400 people inhabit Styrso but no cars are allowed. They all get around on mopeds or little golf buggies

Styrso has a viewpoint on it named Stora Ros. We would have hiked up to this viewpoint but because we only had 48 hours in Gothenburg we wanted to head back to the city centre to fit in as much as possible. To get to the island itself had already taken us an hour roughly as it was a 35 minute tram with a 25 minute ferry and we had to do the same journey back. Ferries leave the islands once an hour so we only had an hour on the island anyway and being typical bloggers we took a lot of time taking photos around various parts of it
Styrso Island
If I come back to Gothenburg, which I reckon I will do one day, I definitely intend to hike up to the Stora Ros viewpoint and take in the view over all of the islands. I also intend to explore some of the other islands as there are many more than just Styrso
Styrso Island

Styrso Island
Photo by Leigh Travers
Styrso Island

Styrso Island

Styrso Island
After getting the ferry and the tram back to central Gothenburg we wanted to partake in some Fika! It is a Swedish concept, similar to the Danish's Hygge, and it basically means 'to have coffee'

We found a street named Haga which actually advertised itself as "Cosy Shopping & Fika since 1648" so it made sense to take a stroll down it to partake in some Fika
Gothenburg

Gothenburg
Gothenburg
Photo by Leigh Travers

Gothenburg

Gothenburg
Thankfully everywhere we came across on this street took cash! Just be careful with some other places in Central Gothenburg not taking cash. We would have been stuck otherwise as we had all these physical SEK and it's a good job I take my credit card as a 'just in case'

All Scandi places seem to have some kind of pastry affiliated with them so be sure to check out a cinnamon bun with your coffee also when Fika-ing. I don't like cinnamon, but there are other delights to try out also

As it was Eurovision weekend it was then time for us to try and find somewhere that was playing it. We had heard the Swedish was mad for Eurovision. We eventually found somewhere and ended up in Greta's gay bar and had the best night of our lives hiding the fact we were from the UK, until we were like 8 beers in and cheering any time the UK got points. Because actually, this was one of the first years we gained a lot of points!! YES UK
Gothenburg
We then stumbled back to our Air BnB at 1.30am using the trams, fell asleep, and woke up for our last day in Gothenburg. Our Air BnB was situated right next to Liseberg which is a theme park/amusement park within Central Gothenburg. From our private balcony we could actually see the rollercoaster and the ferris wheel within Liseberg so we decided that would be what we would do with our Sunday AM whilst terribly hungover

Our city card meant we had free entry in to Liseberg, which was also like a mini market going on also! Loads of people had stalls selling cacti and greenery and food items. Liseberg is also a music/festival venue so be sure to check out the listings if you plan a trip to Gothenburg. If we went just a weekend later we could have gone to a food festival in Liseberg, and the weekend after that would have been an epic sounding music festival
Gothenburg
Just a quick note on Liseberg though and the city card. The city card does not mean you get access to the rides which we so unfortunately found out when trying to get on one. It just gives you entry into Liseberg itself

You have to have a wristband for ride access. I reckon we would have bought one if we weren't so hungover after our Eurovision endeavours. There are so many rides you can go on within there that a wristband totally would have been worth the purchase, but because we wanted to go back into the city centre it seemed pointless trying to go on so many rides and we all know theme parks can end up being a good and long full day. It was totally worth the walk around though as we loved the design and the architecture of the place, the retro 50's style pink pastel building and the theme park music as you walked around. It felt like we were walking around Disney's Main Street but a Swedish version. We were stopping off for outfit photos so much, typical bloggers eh?
Gothenburg

Gothenburg
After having a wander around Liseberg, purchasing some lunch, waiting for the rain to stop, and purchasing some souvenirs, we headed back onto a tram back into the city centre where we were going to go to Gothenburg's Art Museum, and partake in a bit more Fika before we had to head to the airport

There are so many museums that the City Card grants us entry too but we decided to go for Gothenburg's Art Museum due to my photography background and Leigh's creative illustrative background also (which was actually perfect because they were hosting an exhibition on the creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson)
Gothenburg

They had everything from modern exhibitions, to Nordic painters, renaissance art, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore. 6 whole floors full with the oldest starting at the top and getting more modern as you went down. I much prefer modern art to older paintings. I can appreciate the detail that goes into renaissance painting but I am definitely someone who prefers the concepts behind modern art and how people visually represent these concepts

FYI, Sweden has an Ikea museum. Not in Gothenburg by the way, but if you have more time than us it might definitely be worth the journey for a look! We wished we could have

We packed so much into our 48 hours thanks to our City Card and I can't wait to come back and experience more of Sweden. There is so much more we can do and have access to with a city card also so it will definitely be something I research for future travels when I go to various different cities. It saved us so much aggro of trying to work out how to pay for and access trams and there is nothing worse than trying to work out how to pay for public transport when in a country where you know none of their language

Have you ever considered Gothenburg as a City to visit?
The City Card was complimentary which meant our public transport, entry to places all weekend was free
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2 comments

  1. Oh wow, Gothenburg was on my list but this post has definitely bumped it right up! It looks so awesome. And eek, DINOSAURS. I'd definitely get a city card too, I had one in Berlin and it was so useful!

    Milly
    mini-adventures.com

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  2. Gothenburg was never really on my radar but it looks like a great place to spend the weekend. City cards are always a great idea!

    - Sarah
    www.moonandforest.co.uk

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