1) As the largest port in Scandinavia, Gothenburg has a fascinating maritime history. Check out Sweden’s only Viking ship in the Stadsmuseum or eat on the 1907 Barken Viking, a 4-masted barque-turned-hotel. Head along to the Maritime Adventure Centre, the world’s largest floating ship museum, to see 20 historic ships and a submarine.
2) Sweden’s second city competes with arch-rivals Stockholm for the accolade of cultural capital. Explore Sweden’s rich cultural heritage with the a 5-for-1 ticket costing only 40 SEK. The pass includes The Gothenburg Museum of Art, The Rohsska Museum, Gothenburg City Museum, The Maritime Museum and Aquarium and Gothenburg Natural History Museum.
3) With no less than 5 Michelin stars, Gothenburg is Sweden’s gastronomic heartland. It is most famous for its seafood, celebrated in an annual food safari, the “Shellfish Journey”.
4) But Gothenburg does not only cater to the high-end. Its many students keep it one of Sweden’s cheapest cities. Lonely Planet listed Gothenburg as one of the Best Value Destinations for 2013.
5) The kids will love Scandinavia’s largest amusement park, Liseberg, and its futuristic tower offers panoramic views of the city. Meanwhile Universium is an interactive science museum which includes an indoor mountain and rainforest
6) Just outside of Gothenburg, the coast of Bohuslan has 1,000 stunning islands dotted with pretty fishing villages. Sweden’s first Marine National Park,Kosterhavet, is centred around the car-free Koster Islands.
7) This historic region is not lacking in castles, with fortresses such as Carlsten Fort vying for attention with lush manor houses such as Läckö Castle and Thorskogs Slott.
Gothenburg is a leading centre of contemporary art and design. Roda Sten is a four-floor arts venue in an abandoned factory showcasing the best of underground style. Also visit the Varldskulturmuseet for art and politics and Rosshka Museet for design.
9) The Hago neighbourhood is the city’s oldest, dating back to 1648. Quaint cobbled streets bustle with cafes and independent shops; nostalgically hippy and fashionably cool.
10) Gothenburg is on the way to everywhere. Malmö and Copenhagen lie a few hours to the south, the lakes and mountains of Sweden stretch north-east, and directly north looms Norway and Oslo.