Gothenburg with its Dutch style canals and leafy boulevards is an ideal destination for a city-break. Autumn is the perfect time to visit with a host of attractions helping to augment the city’s appeal. Gothenburg is an accessible city with plenty of shopping and dining options. Easy to explore on foot or try hiring a bike to transport you around the city like a local.
With Halloween horrors, new exhibitions, food markets and much more there is no better time to visit:
Enter the Halloween world at Liseberg Amusement Park
Liseberg, Sweden’s biggest tourist attraction, opens their Halloween world with 25.000 pumpkins this autum. A modern zombie invasion is staged in “District Z”, as well as in a Zombie house of horror. The concept is one of several new additions for Halloween at Liseberg 2016. The new Halloween season was launched last year, and over the course of nine days the amusement park was visited by 200,000 guests.
This year’s Halloween season will be longer, lasting 13 days and covering three weekends, and a larger area of the park will be open. There will be mischief – and of course sweets – for the younger Halloween visitors, as well as more candy stalls in Candy Land, candy hunts for all children, plus two 3.5-metre-high candy statues. For the young ones there is also a disco in Rabbit Land and rabbit theatre among the witches and pumpkins.
Open: 21–23 October and 28 October – 6 November.
4 Houses of Horror: Zombie, Infected – Gasten Ghost Hotel, The House of Dolls and The Experiment. All houses of horror have a minimum age limit of 11. Rides & Attractions: 30 rides and attractions are open.
Ticket release: Halloween tickets are available from the Liseberg web shop from 11 October at 9.00. Web: www.liseberg.com
Visit the farmer’s market in Haga
Every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM between 6 August and 29 October there is a charming farmer’s market in the Haga district. Here you get to meet local farmers and you can buy everything from vegetables to homemade sausage, cheese and marmalade. Haga is also famous for its many cafés and small shops. Visit Nöllers espressobar, Le Petit Café or Café Husaren for a coffee break, or stop for a vegetarian lunch at En Deli Haga.
New exhibition; Precious pieces
In an 18th Century cellar vault the Gothenburg City Museum opens a new exhibition comprising valuable, unique objects from the museum’s collections – objects rarely shown to the public. Diamond rings and coins of solid gold are displayed next to useless bits of wood and worn-out shoes. Wander around among these valuable and unusual objects and think about what is precious to you. Opens on 17 September 2016 and stays open all of 2017. www.goteborgsstadsmuseum.se/en/exhibitions/precious-pieces
Gothenburg Chocolate, Liquorice and Delicacy Festival
If you like chocolate and the Swedish delicacy liquorice , make sure not to miss the 10 anniversary of this festival that will be the largest confectionary and delicacy fair in all Nordic countries. The exhibition has 3 000 square meters of wonderful space and room for more than 100 exhibitors with products of chocolates, liquorice and other delicious products from Sweden and the rest of the world. This year’s big new department is exhibitors with products for baking, desserts and ice cream. Open 14 – 16 of October, entrance fee 160 SEK (includes one free child under 15) www.chokladkalaset.se/in-english/
Creepy Cience in Universeum Science Park
Universeum will be filled with “Creepy Science” before, during and after Halloween. Creepy Science means that science in chemistry, physics, biology and technology are examined by dreadful filters. Universeum offers terrible adventures for curious, fearless visitors, at all ages. Find out how much you know about the reality of vampires and become an expert on mosquitoes, vampire bats and other blood-sucking animals. There will be experiments and horror tweaking. Creepy Science takes place from 27 October to 6 November at 10.00-18.00.
Gothenburg Shopping days
On the last weekend of September, the shops are filled with the latest autumn fashion and everything needed for the colder season. This is celebrated at Göteborg Shopping Days on 23 – 25 September, three days filled with shopping, fashion shows and events all around town. More info about the shopping events here: www.goteborg.com/en/goteborg-shoppingdays/
Art Scape – the biggest street art project in Scandinavia
Want to discover Gothenburg off the beaten track? Pick up your map at the local tourist office or follow the online map to discover over 20 different street artworks around the whole city. Use the tram and enjoy the works of both Swedish and international famous artists like Eine, Hueman, Yash and Cityzenkane. www.artscape.se/
New and scary (and free) digital walk
For everyone interested in some creepy history a new app will be launched around 7 October. Download the free app “Gothenburg Guides” and you can make an exciting walk around the city of Gothenburg and listen to real historical events mixed with some folklore, legends and a small ghost story. The app is available in English and Swedish for Iphone and Android. www.goteborg.com/en/apps/
Featured image: Copyright: Frida Winter/Göteborg &Co