Founded as a mostly Dutch trading colony in the 17th century, Gothenburg is now the second-largest city in Sweden. This beautiful port city, located on the south-western coast of Sweden, is also home to several large universities and the Gothenburg Film Festival, which attracts over 150 000 visitors a year.
With its history as key trading port, the best view of Gothenburg is from the water. The Waterside City Tour winds through the maze of moats and canals that make up the city's waterways and out into the harbour onboard one of the traditional 'paddan' boats. The tour passes of Gothenburg's most famous landmarks, including the opera house and old shipyards.
One of the most famous landmarks on the tour is the Feskekôrka, which literally translates as fish church. The Feskekôrka is home to a massive indoor fish market, where fresh-caught fish and shellfish are the order of the day. The building that houses it was built in 1874 and draws design inspiration from both stone Gothic churches and Norwegian wooden churches.
For those longing to escape the hustle and bustle, a visit to the Gothenburg archipelago is in order. This string of islands is home to lots of tiny villages and quiet beaches. Take a boat out for some sea fishing, or even go on a seal safari.
Back in the city, art lovers can visit the Gothenburg Museum of Art, with its extensive Nordic and international collections. The museum also boasts an impressive three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide.
Also worth a visit is Universeum, Scandinavia's largest science centre. Perfect for kids, the Universeum houses tropical rainforests, aquariums and a space station across its seven floors.