Adventures are calling. Back in 2021, Gothenburg turned 400 – but the celebrations were put on hold as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Better belated than never, in June next year, Gothenburg’s anniversary celebrations will finally commence.
Festivals, new property openings, events and more – celebrate alongside this Swedish city and discover 12 top reasons to plan a visit for 2023
1 It’s been named the Most Sustainable Destination in the World for the 6th time in a row
For the sixth year in a row, Gothenburg ranks at the top as the most sustainable destination in the world. The recent results of the Global Destination Sustainability Index 2022 were revealed, in which 70 cities in the world participate. The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDSI), a comparative ranking, was started in 2016 by the organization Global Destination Sustainability Movement. Since the start, Gothenburg has been placed at the top every time.
2 An Incredible New Family Hotel Will Open in April: Meet Liseberg Grand Curiosa
Hello to fun hotel experiences. There’s a pony carousel in the restaurant, a slide all the way down to the lobby and a speakeasy cocktail bar at the new Liseberg Grand Curiosa hotel. This is a unique family hotel right next to the Nordic region’s biggest amusement park. At nine floors high and over 300,000 square feet in size, the star-shaped building has 457 rooms – all with at least five beds.
Some rooms have six or seven beds, and there are connecting rooms for even larger groups. The theme park itself will also unveil a number of new features in 2023 when the park celebrates its 100th anniversary. Liseberg was originally a gift to the people of Gothenburg when the city turned 300. liseberg.com
3 Party hard and celebrate 400 years of Gothenburg at the Anniversary Festival
Party in style. Gothenburg’s birthday is on June 4th, and a major anniversary festival will be held on June 2nd–5th. What better place to celebrate the port city of Gothenburg than the Frihamnen port district where there will be concerts, art, food and activities? Following the anniversary festival, the celebrations will continue throughout the summer until September 3rd, culminating at the Gothenburg Culture Festival and the Göteborgsvarvet Marathon. goteborg.com
4 You Can Try Exciting Space Experiences at the New Wisdome
There are new landmarks to admire too. Wisdome is a spherical building that is being built on the roof of Universeum, Sweden’s national science center and one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. When Wisdome opens in spring 2023, it will showcase space travel, dramatic film effects and the smallest building blocks of the human body on a 360° screen, using advanced visualisation technology.
The dome seats 150 visitors and was designed by Gert Wingårdh, one of Sweden’s most internationally recognised architects. In addition to Wisdome, Universeum also features aquariums, a large indoor rainforest, and experiment rooms. universeum.se
5 Get an open-air bathing fix in the heart of the city
Calling all water babies. Made up of three pools in Sweden’s largest river Göta Älv, the long-awaited public swimming area in the popular park Jubileumsparken will open in June 2023. The pools – a round diving pool, a pool with a slide, and a lane pool – are all bottomless and the water is purified using technical solutions that will allow visitors to swim in both fresh and saltwater year-round.
The pools are free of charge and have a capacity of 500 people. The iconic public sauna is currently being renovated and will be open to the public, as well as the newly built large playground that opened earlier this year. goteborg2023.com
6 Order a drink at Gothenburg’s tallest Sky Bar
The movie theatre that hosted Göteborg Film Festival for many years, The Draken Cinema, is not only being renovated but will also feature a brand new hotel. The 33-storey landmark will be topped with a sky bar and a rooftop terrace boasting views that stretch for miles and will be completed in autumn 2023.
Clarion Hotel Draken will be Gothenburg’s tallest hotel building, with 474 hotel rooms, 13 meeting rooms, a gym, a spa and two restaurants. Drawing inspiration from Draken’s classic cinema auditorium, 1950s design will meet the present in an exciting mix. Bookings to be announced in due course. nordicchoicehotels.com
7 You can take on the Göta Älv Pilgrim’s Trail and head from the city to wilderness
One for the wellness lovers. The new Göta Älv Pilgrim’s Trail runs between Gothenburg and Vänersborg, and is divided into ten varied sections. The first stretch begins at the church Masthuggskyrkan, and is an urban walk showcasing historic Gothenburg.
The second stretch is a nature trail, and runs through the river Lärjeån’s beautiful valley – sometimes referred to as ‘Little Amazon’. The third stretch begins with a climb that offers wonderful views, leading onwards to heathland, lakes, coniferous forest and pure wilderness. A detailed map of the first three routes is available. From Trollhättan, walkers can continue through Sweden to Norway and Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. westswedentrails.se
8 Athletes can run the first Göteborgsvarvet Marathon in 2023
Pack the trainers. On September 3, the world’s biggest half marathon will become twice as long. The Göteborgsvarvet Marathon will be a unique and historic running event as Gothenburg’s anniversary celebrations come to an end. For those who are up for the challenge, the marathon will offer fantastic views of Gothenburg, taking in both sides of the river Göta älv. More than 200,000 spectators usually line the route which runs along Gothenburg’s main boulevard Avenyn. goteborgsvarvet.se
9 Discover the Beautiful West Coast & Bohuslän Archipelago from the Fossil-Free Boat, Granit
Calling all captains. Visit the sailing paradise of Marstrand, try your hand at preparing pickled herring on the picturesque Klädesholmen, and discover the delightful little island of Käringön. Summer 2023 will see the first four-day tour of the West Coast on board the fossil-free boat, Granit. The archipelago tour features charming hotels, meals at local restaurants, and some of Bohuslän’s most beautiful coastal villages. archipelagoselect.com/
10 Spend the night in luxury at Jacy’z Hotel
This 233-room, 100-metre skyscraper is a new landmark for Gothenburg and a much bigger sister to boutique hotels Pigalle and Bellora, and was also created by Ess Group. The brand-new resort has several restaurants, a sky bar, and a Miami-inspired pool club on the 27th and 28th floors. A multiplex theatre with an outdoor rooftop pool will be ready in spring 2023.
These are just some of the many features at Jacy’z, one of Sweden’s most spectacular hotels, which opened in November 2022. jacyzhotel.com
11 The King of Sweden will celebrates 50 Years as monarch in June
There will be more than one significant anniversary in 2023 – Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustav also celebrates 50 years as monarch. This anniversary will be marked in Gothenburg as the city celebrates its own anniversary. On Gothenburg’s birthday, June 4th, the King will give a public address and then take a walk-about through the city centre together with the Queen. kungahuset.se/english
12 Gourmands can get stuffed on the “Gothenburg Anytime” new food tour
There’s plenty for the foodies too. Ideal for trying lots of different foods, the Moveat Anytime Göteborg experience shows you one of Sweden’s top culinary cities and its wealth of restaurants. Guided by an app, you can visit five to six selected stops in any order you like and at your own pace. Each stop includes a carefully selected tasting experience ranging from the sea to the forest and includes classic restaurants as well as trendy new eateries. The food walks are available Wednesday to Saturday from 14:00 to 18:00, at a cost of SEK 449. moveat.co/en/koncept