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Gothenburg tours and excursions

Gothenburg tours

Aerial tours

Taking sightseeing to a dizzying vantage point, Northern Helicopters offer both city and coastal flights over Gothenburg. The urban option cruises over most of the city including Slottskogen (the city’s forest), Liseberg amusement park and the harbour, while on the extended coastal route head up to the island of Marstrand and back along the archipelago of Gothenburg.

Tel: + 46 (031) 519 700.
Website: http://www.nheli.se

Walking tours

While tours from Walknet digest the finest Gothenburg landmarks on foot, it's the strides they take with their specialised routes that make them stand out. The more curious have the choice of exploring the city through its architecture, its cemeteries or its art and sculpture. Personalised tours are also available.

Tel: (0720) 644 207.
Website: http://www.walknet.se

Bus tours

Stromma offer either a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Gothenburg or a full 50-minute, non-stop excursion around the city’s best sights. Double decker coaches pass the Avenyn shopping street, Feskekôrka fish market, Drottningtorget city gardens and Lilla Bommen, near the Opera House. Audio guides are available in English, Swedish, Danish, French, German, Norwegian and Spanish.

Tel: (031) 609 670.
Website: http://www.stromma.se/en/gothenburg/

Classic car tours

With Gothenburg home to car manufacturer Volvo, there is no better way of seeing the city than from behind the wheel of a vintage Volvo PV. Tours last 1 hour 30 minute and focus on locations typical in 1950-70s Sweden. Best of all though, tourists have the opportunity to either drive themselves or sightsee from the passenger seat. English-speaking guides are available but must be requested in advance.

Tel: (031) 720 2200.
Website: http://www.timetravelgbg.se

Gothenburg excursions

New Älvsborg Fortress

New Älfsborg Fortress, situated on an island in Gothenburg's harbour entrance, is worth a visit. It was built in the 17th century as part of the defence against the Danes and Norwegians, before later serving as a prison. Today it has a café and restaurant, and there are boat trips out to the island during the summer.

Website: http://www.goteborg.com/en/nya-alvsborgs-fastning/

Marstrand

Marstrand is a summer paradise on an island further north, 45km (28 miles) from Gothenburg. It offers great opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, sailing and dining, and the scenery is absolutely stunning. The mighty Carlsten fortress is one of the island's historical attractions. Lasse-Maja, Western Sweden's own Robin Hood, was incarcerated here in 1813, but was released after 25 years, allegedly because the king, Karl XIV Johan, was impressed with his cooking skills.

Website: http://www.marstrand.se/en/

Gothenburg's archipelago

Gothenburg's archipelago can be reached by tram from the city centre. Passenger boats go from Saltholmen to islands like Vrångö, Styrsö and Brännö, all of which offer great swimming and sunbathing opportunities. During the summer, excursion boats go to places like Vinga nature reserve, which has a small museum devoted to the composer and singer Evert Taube, and to the Brännö's quay at Husvik where there is traditional dancing along the pier.

Website: http://www.goteborg.com/en/archipelago/

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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.

Hotel Riverton

A recent sharp and stylish update of the Premium Queen rooms at Hotel Riverton means this city centre sanctuary now offers 4-star comfort without having to inform the bank manager. With rain showers in the glass-walled bathroom, cinema aspiring TV screens and Nespresso machines in each bedroom, plus new extra thick doors to keep corridor clamour to a minimum, the hotel is perfect for a short or long break. It also has a Sky Bar that overlooks the harbour and a riverside restaurant.