Are you looking for activities to do in Gothenburg? We have listed our best tips on things you can do on your own, with your friends or with family – there are activities for everyone. Of course, we have considered the prevailing pandemic when we created our top list. Do pirouettes on the skating rink, walk along the quay, experience exciting street art, or learn more about Mexico's history - what suits you best? At the end of this blog post, you’ll find a map of where in Gothenburg our tips are located!
Forty kilometres south of Gothenburg is the Tjolöholm Castle located, where you now find an ice rink. Skating is a perfect activity for the whole family. Under the roof of the ancient warehouse there is now an artificial ice rink of 8x15 meters. For everyone's safety, with the pandemic in mind, there is a recommended maximum number of skaters that is allowed on the ice at the same time.
Bring your own picnic or visit the nearby Café Manegen where there are hot beverages, coffee, and a selection of lighter lunch or snack to buy. Here you can also find a playground that is perfect for the children who want to warm up with a little indoor play after the adventure on the ice, admission costs 60 SEK.
Opening hours: 1st to 6th of Feb (Friday-Sunday) at 11.00-16.00, 11th to 20th of Feb (Every day) at 11.00-16.00
At the World Culture Museum in Gothenburg, you can experience objects and stories from all around the world in a house full of surprises. On the 12th of February, the exhibition Viva Mexico premieres. The exhibition highlights stories of both life and death as well as some spectacular moments in Mexico's history. This exhibition and the histories are filled to the brim with conflict and tragedy, but elements of great resilience and humour are also present.
Keep in mind - To avoid crowding, you need to pre-order your free ticket to the exhibition.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, at 11.00-19.00, Saturday-Sunday, at 11.00-17.00
Around Gothenburg, in different areas and districts, there are around 100 large murals of various kinds and with their own unique character. Compose your very own walks and experience as many of the fantastic works of art as possible. You’ll find them on everything from house facades to interior walls, walls, subways, and rock walls.
The origin of all street art is mainly due to the festival Artscape. In Frölunda, you’ll find reality-based portraits on more prominent buildings and both imaginative and abstract art created by, for example, Rone, Code26 and Jarus. In Majorna, the works of art are more imaginative and are made by Ollio and MaryQ. Furthermore, you’ll find more art in, for example, Biskopsgården, Bergsjön, central Gothenburg and Partille.
Did you know that on the website Streetartcities.com the vast majority of graffiti paintings are presented from big cities around the world, Gothenburg included.
Start your walk at Stenpiren (the Stone Pier) where you see the cranes at Götaverken and Ramberget on the other side of the river. Continue along the water on Packhuskajen and you’ll pass Casino Cosmopol and Gothenburg's Maritime experience centre. The Maritime experience centre consists of a whole armada of unique ships and museum objects that belong to ships. At last, you will arrive at the Gothenburg Opera where you can visit Evert Taube, a beautiful bronze sculpture that you’ll find at the far end of the quay towards the harbour canal. Here is also “Lilla Bommen” located, where you can look at Strömma Kanalbolaget's beautiful fleet. Right next door is one of Gothenburg's most famous buildings, Läppstiftet (the lipstick).
Did you know that Strömma Kanalbolaget's ships are the perfect means of transport for you who want to discover the Gothenburg archipelago in the summer – read more about day trips and dining cruises.