With the typical injustice of being the sister who receives less attention, Gothenburg is usually overshadowed by the sovereign capital of Sweden, which in these parts is not named precisely with love. However, Gothenburg can boast a young but intense history, a rational arrangement of its beautiful avenues and streets and a port area that is not a gray spot of the past but a window to the sea and the future.
If from more than one European city, publicists curl the curl of comparisons without blushing as "the Amsterdam of the North" through its canals, Gothenburg can proudly proclaim that its layout was designed by authentic Dutch engineers, in the image of the Amsterdam itself .
From the marshes of an archipelago, the first streets and canals emerged, in imitation, also, from those of Jakarta at the beginning of the 17th century when the city was founded. Fame and fortune came a century later thanks to its port, first with fishing and a little later with trade with the distant lands of China and the East Indies.
Gothenburg embraces the mouth of the Göta älv along its two banks, and the river that dies in the North Sea gave life to the city. The piers where the fish was first discharged, and the exotic spices later, gave way to industries and ships that an elegantly assumed evolution has recently turned into residential areas or technology companies.
A weekend getaway to Gothenburg is justified in a thousand ways but here I leave you the first 5 reasons of 12 things to do in Gothenburg.
Shop in Haga, Gothenburg
A walk through the bohemian Haga
Vintage clothing stores, antiques, toy stores and cafes, populate the bohemian neighborhood of Haga. Originally built for the working class between 1870 and 1940, the houses present the peculiarity that the ground floor is built in stone while the wood is reserved for the upper floor or floors.
The style is known as “landshövdingehus” and is popular in the area, as an intermediate step between completely wooden houses (and therefore more prone to fires that could devastate an entire neighborhood) and those of stone (available only to classes more wealthy).
In one of the streets of Haga, in Haga Nygata, there is also one of the city's most famous bakeries, Café Husaren. There, if you are accompanied you can share (unless you have not had breakfast and want it for yourself only) a Hagabullen, a cinnamon bun that tightly occupies a plate of normal dimensions.
Bakery in Haga Gothenburg