The guide to activities in Gothenburg
Updated 13 May 2020
Whether you're new to the city and want to discover everything it has to offer in one weekend or you're a seasoned Gothenburger looking for new ideas, Gothenburg has masses of unique, fun activities to offer. We've gathered together plenty of great tips for all kinds of activities, outings and adventures - from fun things to do with the kids to group activities ideal for a corporate kick-off or with groups of friends. Follow our guide to exciting activities in Gothenburg for sunny and rainy days alike.
BoulebarRosenlundsgatan 8, Centrum
Vive la France!
Combine a game of boules with French-inspired food and a beer or something else from the bar. There are 14 bookable boules lanes here and plenty of Mediterranean vibes for beginners and boules veterans alike. Instructors are on hand if you want to learn the rules or some new tricks. Sociable and fun for families, groups of friends and colleagues alike.
Star BowlingOdinsgatan 8, Centrum
American-style entertainment for all
Do you dream of taking off on a road trip across the US? If that's not an option right now, Star Bowling is a handy alternative. Challenge your pals to bowling, shuffleboard, billiards, slot car racing, virtual race or a rodeo battle. Then reload with a serious American feast inspired by small food joints along that fantasty road trip route.
TeamtasticBurggrevegatan 15, Centrum
Become a video game character
Ever wanted to be a character in your favourite video game? At Teamtastic that's exactly what you get to be. Jump right into a video game and face a range of challenges that will put your team spirit to the test. Great fun to do with a group of friends - or why not challenge your whole family?
100 Point ChallengeDrottningtorget 10, Centrum
Combined quiz and sightseeing
100 Point Challenge is an unusual and entertaining way to discover the city. It's a combination of quiz and sightseeing where getting the most right answers and coming first are the name of the game. There are various different levels, depending on your existing knowledge, making it perfect for both tourists and native Gothenburgers alike.
100 Point Challenge
Le PubNordhemsgatan 22-24, Linné
Beer tasting and food
Le Pub's laid-back, rustic premises on Nordhemsgatan holds well-priced happy hour drinks all week making it a perfect spot to hang out. They also arrange beer tastings, with or without accompanying food from the bistro menu.
O'LearysMölndalsvägen 95, Centrum
Something for everyone
O'Learys is probably best known for their American food and sport shown on big screen, but at O'Learys Södra Bowling you can also try your hand at bowling, shuffleboard and VR. Gather together family and friends, or why not organise a hen or stag do or work kick-off here?
Golf & Bar AllénParkgatan 9-11, Vasa/Centrum
Light and playful in the summer sun
This popular activities spot in the heart of Gothenburg city centre works just as well for families as for groups of friends and colleagues. If you want to play seriously you can book an instructor for tips and tricks. The bistro menu includes pizza, burgers and thirst-quenching drinks.
Sing SingKarl Johansgatan 86, Majorna
Relax with karaoke
Warm up your vocal chords and gather up a group of friends for a karaoke party. At Sing Sing in Majorna you can either rent a whole karaoke room or head up onto the stage. If you feel in need of a bit of Dutch courage before singing your heart out, the bar is well stocked. And if you're hungry they serve Vietnamese food.
GökboetExportgatan 7, Hisingen
Pentathlons, paintball and murdery mysteries
This gigantic activity house has everything you could want for a successful stag or hen do, office party - or just a really action-packed day with your pals. Gather together the gang and get stuck into crazy wrestling matches in sumo costumes, or exciting team-building activities with work colleagues. They also organise children's parties, company dos and dinner events. There are showers and saunas on site.
Stjärnåsen SkyttecenterTräbrovägen 1
Shoot a moose on film
The dense forests around Landvetter, just outside Gothenburg, smell of earth and pine needles. This modern shooting range recreates the feeling of being in an authentic hunting lodge and you join the 'hunt' of your choice by film simulator. If you don't have any previous experience you'll be given instructions and guidance before the hunt.
Bird's eye view of the city from a hot air balloon
This activity works as well as a surprise gift to your mother-in-law as a truly unforgettable date. Drift high up above the city and its surroundings and discover Gothenburg from a new angle. You can choose which part of the city you'd like to float over.
Fun activities for kids
MaritimanPackhusplatsen 12, Centrum
Do you dare experience life onboard a battleship? How does it feel to live in a submarine? At the Maritime Museum you can experience life at sea without leaving land. The museum houses 13 ships from various periods of history and you can try out life at sea onboard them all. Take a journey through space and time onboard and learn about life out on the seven seas as well as at harbour. You can also organise children's parties here.
Plikta ParklekSlottskogen, Linné
The city's biggest playground
Right in the middle of Gothenburg's equivalent of Central Park, Slottskogen, is Plikta playground. This incredibly popular meeting place for young families got a huge facelift in 2012, when swings, climbing frames and slides were all completely renovated. The playground is also accessible for children with impaired mobility. Next to the park there are public-use grills that are lit daily. The easiest way to get to the park is from Linnéplatsen.
Barnens ZooSlottskogen, Linné
Stroke mini pigs and other cute animals
Slottskogen has many delights, for both large and small visitors. At the top of a hilly walk you'll find Barnens Zoo. The kids can stroke Swedish heritage breeds, such as goats and pot-bellied pigs. Discover the joy of standing on a stool and watching as chicks hatch under heat lamps. Or visit the rabbits and their babies. There's also pony riding next to Barnens Zoo.
Alfons Åbergs KulturhusSlussgatan 1, Centrum
Hang out with Alfons in the heart of town
At one entrance to the Trädgårdsföreningen, the Garden Society of Gothenburg, a short walk from the central railway station, is the park's old seed store. This listed building now houses a creative cultural centre for children featuring the much-loved Swedish fictional character Alfons Åberg, or Alfie Atkins as he's called in English. The whole family can come here to discover and play. Alfie and his friends provide daily activities such as film viewings and various kinds of experiments. Meet granny, Millan and Mållgan and take a look inside the apartment building where Alfie lives. Everyone's welcome here and the house is adapted for children with special needs.
MegafunHerkulesgatan 1, Hisingen
5000 square metres of fun
This vast indoor play palace has everything you could wish for under the same roof. Whether your children are really small, or larger and more demanding, you'll find most of their playtime desires can be met here. Dive into a ball pool, try out different sports or throw yourself down a thrillingly long slide. Tinies will love the baby corner and staff can help you arrange an action-packed children's party. There's a restaurant and café in the building and in between activities children and their parents can relax in the chill-out area.
Sightseeing and guided tours
Check out the city from the water
Much of Gothenburg's special character is thanks to its coastal position and Dutch talent for town planning. Explore the city from the water and breathe in its history as you glide along the canal. Paddan boats offer various types of sightseeing tours and they're held in English and German, as well as Swedish.
M/S St ErikLilla Bommen, Centrum
Head out to sea and feast on prawns
If you want to experience Gothenburg from its saltiest side you should hop aboard one of the old archipelago boats and head out among the islands. Start the evening with a drink before it's time to take a seat in the pleasant dining room. For three hours you can enjoy a generous salmon and shellfish buffet, as the view outside changes throughout the evening. The shellfish cruise departs several times a week and onboard the M/S St Erik musical entertainment is part of the package. The ship, which was built in 1881, also offers brunch and Christmas buffet cruises and can hired for private events such as weddings.
Stinsens SightseeingGustaf Adolfs Torg, Centrum
Chug around Gothenburg's most charming streets
Climb aboard Stinsen's little red train on Gustav Adolf Torg and begin your journey through Gothenburg's loveliest parts. The train driver stops at a number of spots along the way and if you've bought a day ticket you can hop on and off as much as you like. The tour takes you to Gothenburg's oldest quarter, Haga, a lively area full of independent restaurants and cosy restaurants. It also stops at Feskekörka, Kronhusbodarna and Gothenburg Opera House. The trip takes 40 minutes, if you choose to stay put from start to fiinish. Should it start raining (as it's wont to do in Gothenburg) the train is equipped with a rain cover.
Strömma SkärgårdsbåtarPusterviksgatan 13, Linné
Explore the island that held off the Danes
Strömma Skärgårdsbåtar allows you to discover Gothenburg from the water. Take the boat from Lilla Bommen, by Nordstan, and after a 30 minute journey you'll get off at the historic fortress, Nya Älvsborgs Fästning. The trip includes a guided and dramatised tour of the fortress, from where Danes where held off from attacking the city in the 18th century. The fortress has played an important part in the city's history since the 1500s and in addition to historic vibes, you can also enjoy the wave-washed rocks in surroundings that have earned it a place in the Michelin Green Guide.
Parks and green areas
TrädgårdsföreningenSlussgatan 1, Centrum
A trip to paradise
Gothenburg has several beautiful green areas and parks, and Trädgårdsföreningen, the Garden Society of Gothenburg, is one of the most popular. The park's many winding gravel paths make for romantic strolls. At the far end of the park you'll find the impressive Palmhuset, built in 1887. Inside this 1000 square metre greenhouse you can wander between several different tropical zones and the palatial building is a popular spot among art students. The park also includes a restaurant, café, shop and Alfons Åberg's Kulturhus.
Göteborgs botaniska trädgårdCarl Skottsbergs Gata 22 A, Linné
Stroll through celebrated gardens and discover new plant species
Gothenburg's Botanical Garden boasts more than 16 000 plant species and cultivars and the entire park is 175 hectares. The park, which is one of Europe's largest botanical gardens, clearly demonstrates the wonder and diversity of nature. In addition to all the exciting plants outdoors, there's also a plant and butterfly house. The park arranges regular events from mushroom courses in the autumn to apple tastings and various courses. There's a shop next to the main entrance and a café further inside the park.
Gunnebo Slott & TrädgårdarChristina Halls Väg
Echoes of the past in authentic 18th century surroundings
This well-maintained castle is situated a short distance south of Gothenburg in Mölndal. The castle, with its surrounding parks, herb gardens and orangery, is a perfect outing for stressed-out city dwellers and tourists in need of a change of pace. You can join guided tours of the castle and private events such as weddings can also be held here. Gunnebo's Kaffehus serves freshly-baked organic and beautifully presented dishes in peaceful surroundings. Much of the salad, herbs and vegetables come from their own gardens right next to the café.
Admission cards and passes
Everything on one card
This pass gives you admission to everything from museums to gardens, sightseeing tours and events. The perfect option if you want to 'do' the whole city. You can charge the card for 1-5 days' use and it even opens the doors to Liseberg, Universeum and public transport. Buy the pass at Gothenburg Tourist Office, or download it straight onto your phone.
Tram, bus and boat
Choose a card that gives you free access to all the city's public transport. You can buy cards valid for one or three 24 hr periods. The card allows you to take along four other travellers, completely free, as long as it's valid. Otherwise, you can always buy single tickets onboard most methods of transport, from the blue ticket machines. Pay by cash or credit card. You can also pay for public transport on the Västrafik app.