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Gothenburg (Göteborg in Swedish) is rarely visited by tourists, except those embarking on one of Sweden's most charming cruises. The Göta Canal begins here, and 19th-century vintage cruise boats carry passengers its length to Stockholm. At the docks is the world's largest collection of historic ships afloat, including the only remaining iron-clad monitor. For its size, Gothenburg has a wealth of museums, including an outstanding fine arts collection and the old East India Company building, now filled with Viking relics and arts. The Horticultural Society's park and botanic garden paints the downtown with stunning flowers, a palm ...

Gothenburg (Göteborg in Swedish) is rarely visited by tourists, except those embarking on one of Sweden's most charming cruises. The Göta Canal begins here, and 19th-century vintage cruise boats carry passengers its length to Stockholm. At the docks is the world's largest collection of historic ships afloat, including the only remaining iron-clad monitor. For its size, Gothenburg has a wealth of museums, including an outstanding fine arts collection and the old East India Company building, now filled with Viking relics and arts. The Horticultural Society's park and botanic garden paints the downtown with stunning flowers, a palm house, a greenhouse and a Rosarium. Shoppers head to Scandinavia's biggest shopping mall, right in the city center, while those more interested in antiques, fine crafts and galleries head for the pretty Haga district. Adults enjoy Sweden's most visited attraction, the Liseberg amusement park, as much as kids. Inside are restaurants, a dance pavilion with live orchestras and cleverly themed rides.

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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Situated on the west coast of Sweden
  • Language: Swedish
  • Currency: Swedish Krona
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
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    June to mid-August is beautiful in western Sweden, warm, with long sunlit days and lingering evenings. Its position on the coast keeps winter weather mild, but windy and often gray.