Gothenburg, Sweden © Amjad Sheikh
The second-largest city in Sweden and Scandinavia's
most important port, Gothenburg (or Göteborg) is
situated on the west coast of the country. Sat at the outlet of the
Göta Canal that links Gothenburg to the Baltic Sea and
Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by King Gustav II
Adolf to secure access to the Atlantic, but the city was mainly
settled and planned by Dutch merchants who used it as their base
for trade. The numerous canals and gabled houses are evidence of
this early influence. Shipping and commerce have always been
important industries in Gothenburg and the port is a popular
arrival point for visitors.
Gothenburg is a beautiful city with its waterside
location, green open spaces, and fine architecture, as well as the
wide selection of cultural establishments. The main street,
Kungsportavenyn, known simply as Avenyn, is alive with edgy bars,
cafes, and trendy shops.
Far more down-to-earth and youth-driven than
Stockholm, Gothenburg's buzz is augmented by the large student
population from the University of Gothenburg. While certainly not
as magnificent as Stockholm, Gothenburg is often regarded as
friendlier and cheaper, and certainly has enough going on to keep
even the most energetic travellers occupied.
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