Gothenburg - with heart and soul
Once a working-class city and the industrial home of Volvo and shipbuilding, Gothenburg, on the west coast, has little of the glamour of Stockholm, Sweden’s capital. Gothenburg could more be looked upon as its noisy little sister, as a new hive of the creative arts, with its upstart indie bands, homegrown fashion labels and alternative arts scene.
The city is also the fitting host to Scandinavia’s leading film festival and hugely popular city music festivals, such as Summerburst and Way Out West. But after all, Gothenburg isn’t about big cool things, it’s more about simple pleasures. Like catching the tram for a half hour ride, to hop on one of the passenger ferries to the car-free southern archipelago.
One thing you’re never far from is the sea. Feskekörka, literally “fish church”, is a Gothic church-shaped building devoted to fish. Much thanks to the abundant produce of the nearby sea, the city has blossomed into a gourmet destination, with five Michelin starred restaurants and appointed Food Capital of Sweden 2012. In the characterful neighbourhoods are lots of smaller brasseries also with their cuisine based on local produce and the highlights of the season.
The savvy traveller should definitely make tracks for Gothenburg, rated second in Lonely Planet's listing of the Top Ten best value destinations 2013.