othenburg (Göteborg), Sweden’s second biggest city, combines vibrant urbanity, a friendly vibe and seaside charm. It also has culinary prowess and a world-class craft beer scene.
Located on the west coast of Sweden, Gothenburg has a city pulse with nature on its doorstep. It’s known for its friendly locals, and no wonder – living in such a characterful town right by the sea would make anyone cheerful and welcoming.
Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by King Gustav II Adolf and established itself as an important commercial fishing hub. Though the city has modernised over the centuries to focus on other industries – it’s the birthplace of Volvo cars, for example – its proud fishing heritage remains. There’s no better place to get your hands on high-quality seafood than on these shores. You’ll be spoilt for choice thanks to its wide array of restaurants – from fine dining establishments to casual eateries, many of which focus on locally sourced fish and seafood.
So what about the Gothenburg weather? Expect four distinct seasons, each with its particular appeal. Enjoying a southern location, Gothenburg’s climate is fairly mild, and the warmth from the Gulf Stream ensures that average temperatures don’t sink below –3°C in February, with July temperatures averaging +21°C.
As a relatively small city packed with all the highlights of a major international destination – culture, shopping, world-class restaurants and stunning nature – Gothenburg is ideal for either a weekend city break or a longer stay as there’s plenty to see and do in and around town.