1 Day itinerary Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city and voted the most sustainable destination in 2020, has a lot to offer. A day in Gothenburg can easily fly by so let’s go!

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Where to stay

There are tons of great places to stay in central Gothenburg, and unique ones too. Would you like to sleep on a boat? Or how about a room with a view over Liseberg, Gothenburg’s amusement park? Gothenburg has it all.

The view of Gothenburg's harbour.

A day in Gothenburg, the perfect itinerary

Gothenburg may be the 2nd largest city in Sweden but it is still easily accessible by foot. Of course it also has a great public transport system, including boat transfers across the canal, but if you want to explore all the nooks and crannies I’d recommend walking.

Day 1 - Haga, the oldest neighbourhood in Gothenburg

Start your day with a stroll around Haga, the oldest neighbourhood in Gothenburg. Established in 1648, Haga is full of little shops, cozy cafes and beautiful architecture.

Haga is one of the most popular areas in the city, so definitely include it in your day in Gothenburg.

A woman eating a large cinnamon bun in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Frihamnen Sauna and swim

After a leisurely stroll around one of the cutest areas in the city, walk out to Frihamnen to spend your day in Gothenburg enjoying a traditional Swedish sauna.

The area of Frihamnen, the free port, is located in the heart of Gothenburg and is a mix of old and new. Old ship building industry and port operations exist beside new neighbourhood developments. Frihamnen connects the two riversides of Gothenburg, divided by the Göta Älv river.

Entry to Frihamnen is free so it’s the perfect place to spend some time during a day in Gothenburg. Even if the weather isn’t great for a swim, the sauna is still an experience you must have when in Sweden.

Frihamnen sauna in Gothenburg, Sweden.
A woman enjoying the view from Frihamnen sauna in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Take a tram ride around the city

Strolling around the city is a great way to explore Gothenburg, but so is taking an adorable little tram from Gustav Adolfs Torg. The (name of tram) takes you on a 45 minute ride around the city, with plenty of information about its history.

Tickets: 110 SEK per person

A woman taking an old tram through Gothenburg, Sweden.
A tram ride through Gothenburg, Sweden.


The next stop on the list for a day in Gothenburg is Palmhuset, a beautiful oasis in the middle of the city. There are 5 areas in Palmhuset: Mittskeppet, Medelhavshuset, Kameliahuset, Tropikhuset and Vattenhuset. Each area shows plants from different tropical and subtropical regions so climate and temperature adapted to those plants.

Entry to Palmhuset is free.

The outside facade of Palmhuset, a greenhouse in the center of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Potted plants and palm trees inside Palmhuset, a greenhouse in the center of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Spa experience at Upper House

What better way to end a day in Gothenburg than relaxing at a pool with a view over Liseberg, Gothenburg’s amusement park. Head to the spa at Upper House which offers saunas, hammams and a suspended outdoor pool on the 23rd floor of Gothia Towers. From there enjoy the sunset over the city while preparing your next adventures in Sweden.

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