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Gothenburg International Film Festival

Attracting a mix of directors, filmmakers, critics, producers and film fanatics, this annual event presents a great selection of non-mainstream films from around the world. Now over a week long, the festival also includes seminars and workshops, as well as the popular opening- and closing-night parties. The event has since grown to become the biggest public film festival in Scandinavia and screens hundreds of films and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Date: 29 January 2021 - 08 February 2021
Venue: The festival takes place across various venues around Gothenburg.


Gothenburg Basketball Festival

Each year, some thousand fresh-faced Michael Jordans from a few countries make their way to Gothenburg for the world’s largest youth basketball tournament. Played on multiple courts across the city, this contest has been running for over three decades.

Date: 13 May 2021 - 16 May 2021
Venue: Various basketball courts around the city.


Gothenburg International Book Fair

The biggest event of its kind in Scandinavia, the annual Gothenburg International Book Fair attracts a mix of authors, publishers, agents, teachers, librarians and book lovers. Primarily a networking event for the publishing industry, the fair is nonetheless a delight for any literary enthusiast and provides a great opportunity to browse through the many books on display, including works by established writers as well as titles by new and emerging talents. There are also a number of seminars and readings led by some the world's best-loved authors.

Date: 23 September 2021 - 26 September 2021
Venue: Svenska Mässen (Swedish Exhibition & Centre)


Gothenburg Boat Show

The huge Gothenburg Boat Show takes over two floors of the Swedish Exhibition Centre with stalls flaunting the latest super yachts, motorboats, canoes, kayaks and inflatables. In keeping with the aquatic-based theme, there will be sailing, sport fishing and general boat life seminars onsite.

Date: 05 February 2022 - 13 February 2022
Venue: Svenska Mässen (Swedish Exhibition & Centre)


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Elite Plaza Hotel

A stylish business hotel in a more than 100-year-old building, the Elite Plaza Hotel opened in 2000 and is one of the most luxurious hotels in Gothenburg. There are 121 rooms and six suites, all with satellite TV and broadband internet connection. The hotel has an excellent restaurant, Svea Hof Restaurang & Bar, as well as an English pub, The Bishop's Arms.

Dorsia Hotel

Mixing aristocratic artistry with a contemporary palette of plums, rubies and jades, the Dorsia Hotel is one of the finest establishments in Gothenburg. With mulberry silk duvets and Egyptian cotton linen in the sleeping quarters, plus grandiose sitting rooms that call out for a slow brandy or port, it's a refined inn that few will wish to leave. Free Wi-Fi and lava-android TVs come as standard and the excellent in-house restaurant is more foie gras than fries.

Upper House

The clean and contemporary sleeping chambers at Upper House, with their Nordic sharpness and modern apartment-like space, are found in the top floors of the Gothia Towers. While the attention to detail is first rate, with king-size, cushion-filled beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, choice flat screen TVs and a changing room service selection, it's famed for the large, wall-sized windows that afford incredible views over the city vista. The hotel also has three swimming pools, Turkish baths, spa treatments and a locally-sourced breakfast.

Hotel Bellora

With a choice of 98 chic rooms, the Hotel Bellora is a beautiful lifestyle-hotel that mixes Italian Dolce Vita with a cosmopolitan flair. With an Espresso Bar warmly nestled in reception area that sources speciality beans to complement its indulgent chocolates and Italian pastries, it’s not just the 4-star comfort of the rooms that keeps visitors returning.

Hotell Liseberg Barken Viking

The 4-star Hotell Liseberg Barken Viking is housed in one of the few remaining four-masted barques in the world. The ship was built in 1907 and is moored in the Gothenburg guest harbour next to the Gothenburg Opera. The hotel offers rooms and a restaurant with a unique maritime atmosphere and furnishings. There are several conference rooms on board as well.

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

This sophisticated luxury hotel in Gothenburg, opposite the central train station, has 349 elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi access, swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness centre. The hotel also offers excellent conference facilities. The Atrium Bar & Restaurant is located in the hotel lobby.