Göteborg - Second City of Sweden

Having been a resident of Göteborg for some 40 years, I might be a bit biased, but it is a very nice city. With more than half a million residents, you could find most of the things you would like to do. Still, it's a city with a feeling of beeing small. And, there is a guest harbour right in the middle of the city.

The commercial harbour itself, is still the biggest in Scandinavia, but has diminished in importance during the last 50 years. Three big shipyards you could find here then, today none! You could still see some reminiscence from that period. The big crane at Eriksberg area is the most spectacular, hoovering over an old dry dock. You find it on the northern side of the river-mouth. It is protected as a cultural object. Today this area, like in many other cities in Europe, has turned from an industrial spot to rather exclusive housing. Further up the river, Götaverken still has its docks and cranes, but since last year this repair shipyard has closed down.

Göteborg was founded in 1621, and had been a battle ground between Danes and Swedes for many years. It was of course essential for Sweden to keep the outlet to the sea open. Denmark and Norway held the areas both north and south of the city. With the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658, Halland and Bohuslän became Swedish, and it's strategic part was not so obvious any longer. But, still fighting carried on for a number of years. When you sail towards the town, you will pass Älvsborgs Fortress on your port side, once an important part of the citys defence, built in the later part of the 17th century. You can pay a visit with tour boats going here daily, they depart at Lilla Bommen, next to the guest harbour.

.Älvsborgs Fästning

Industrial town.

In the 19 th century Göteborg became the main industrial city of Sweden. Today, it is still a major industrial city with well known companies like Volvo and SKF.

If you enter Bohuslän from south, you notice how the coast line changes as you are getting closer to Göteborg. Halland, has a sandy and flat coast line until you come a bit north of Varberg. Here it changes, more islands and more granite rocks breal the sea. So within the the municipality of Göteborg,if you come from the south, you will also find the southern part of the Göteborg archipelago. You find some really nice spots as well, and they are not that busy as the rest of Bohuslän in July.

Here is a link to the city's official visitors guide.

Points of interests


What do you want to do? If children are to decide, a visit to Lisberg is a must. The biggest amusement park in Scandinavia, as well as one of the most visitied spots for tourists. Prepare yourself with some patience, you will not be the only visitors in summer. This is popular. But it is central, and it is within walking distance from Lilla Bommen, the central guest harbour. Also, with no extra charge than the entrance fee, you find good conserts with popular Swedish artists.


Which camera along with Leica has the best reputation? Hasselbald of course. Victor Hasselbald, the inventer and founder of Hasselbald corporation had it's base in Göteborg. The factory was situated just across the street from Lilla Bommen. Today, there is no production any more, but you can see the building from your boat . There is no Hasselblad Museeum any longer, but the foundation of Hasselbald has an exibition in the Museum of Arts.

Guest Harbours

Lilla Bommen

Situated right in the middle of the city it offers a unique possibility of exploring the city. But it holds only approx 100 boats, so don't take it for granted that you will find a free space. The price though, keeps some boats away. They charge 13 SwCr per foot. That means that a 40 feet yacht cost little more than 500 Sw Cr. El and shower included.

Lilla bommen


Vrångö is one of the islands, in what is called the southern archipelago of Göteborg. The northern one, Öckerö, is a municipality of it's own. The southern archipelago is banned from cars, other than public service. Instead you will see a lot of three wheelers and golf carriers.

Vrångö has a good harbour, and is a beautiful island to stroll around on. If you want to visit Göteborg without going there by your own boat, there is public ferries taking you to the mainland, where you carry on with a tram or bus. Convenient and cheap.

Vrångö hamn

Vinga harbour


Vinga is a very special place for sailors on the west coast. It is not only a tall and famous lighthouse, it is also well known for the place where Evert Taube was raised. He was Sweden's most loved poet and composer. (1890-1976) His father was the light house master there between 1889-1905. Evert himself was very fond of the sea, and composed many songs that had the sea as motive.
The present lighthouse has been used since 1890, but there had been lighthouses and beacons there since the17th century.

vinga hamn

The harbour is very small, and a member “Vinga Friends” will guide you to a place. That is, if avaiable. If not you can go there daily with tour boats departing from Göteborg.

Besides from being a nice spot, there are hardly any facilities there but a kiosk, electricity and an old fashion toilet.

City of Göteborgl -

Including event calendar, links to guestharbours and more.

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