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There is no risk of feeling alone when you visit Gothenburg. Over five million people visit Gothenburg each year and discover a city full of surprises.

Gothenburg is one of the leading cities in Northern Europe for holding top events. Many of the major performers of the world in sport and music have appeared on stages such as Ullevi. The largest sporting event to be organised at Ullevi was the 1995 World Athletics Championships which was a fantastic public success for the City of Gothenburg. In 2006 Ullevi will be staging the European Athletics Championships.

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Most things worth seeing in Gothenburg are within a comfortable walking distance. The risk of sore and swollen feet is minimal. Sooner or later, usually sooner, you will find yourself on the Aveny, Gothenburg's most fashionable street. At the top of the Aveny you will find Götaplatsen with the Gothenburg City Theatre (Stadsteater), Gothenburg Museum of Art (Konstmuseum) and the Gothenburg Concert Hall (Konserthuset), which is home to the world famous Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. From here it is a short stroll to Scandinavia's best and most visited amusement park, Liseberg. Adjacent to Liseberg is Universeum, Sweden's national science discovery centre with everything from sharks and rain forest to technically exciting experiments.

But Gothenburg is not just about the Aveny. One area well worth a visit is Haga with restaurants and many small exciting shops in a genuine Gothenburg environment from days gone by. Once in Haga, Linnégatan, which is just a stone throw away, resembles the Aveny with all its cafes and restaurants. Linnégatan is one of the streets of Gothenburg with the greatest number of restaurants. At the top of Linnégatan you will find the entrance to Slottsskogen. A park that is perfect for picnics and recreation, with both duck ponds and animal enclosures. Another park is Trädgårdsföreningen in the middle of the city with Sweden's foremost Rosarium, Butterfly House and Palm House.

If you do not feel like walking in the city, you can simply jump on one of Gothenburg's many trams. Another attractive feature is the closeness to the archipelago with the cliffs and ocean. Two travel coupons on the tram is all you need to get out to the archipelago, first by tram and then boat to discover the paradise of Gothenburg's southern archipelago.





* Information is courtesy of Åsa Larsson, Göteborg & Co. Media center

 




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Festivals & Events


Hultsfred Rock Festival, June

Sweden's largest rock festival for young and old. Sideshows incl. acrobats, comedians, tightrope walkers, jugglers, mimics, musicians and dancers.



Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Midsummer celebrations all over the country, June

Perhaps the most characteristically Swedish tradition of all is the Midsummer celebration. The Midsummer holiday is celebrated on the weekend closest to 24 June, with Midsummer Eve on Friday followed by Midsummer Day on Saturday. Midsummer marks the longest day of the year, and the skies never really grow dark.



Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Music on Lake Siljan, June

The Peer Gynt Festival is a ten day long cultural festival with an open air performance of Henrik Ibsens Peer Gynt, with music by Edvard Grieg, open air consert "Ved Rondane", art exhibition, and much more.

Around Gotland Sailing race, June - July

The worlds largest offshore sailing race. ksss@ksss.se



Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

The Hälsinge Hambo, July

A huge festive and colorful, long line dance. Dance groups from Sweden and abroad dance and play while the World Champion of Hambo is selected from the thousands of dancing couples. info@halsingehambon.x.se



Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Victoria Day, July

The island of Öland's National Day, celebrating Crown Princess Victoria's birthday with the Royal family. The ”Victoria Mini Marathon” is held during the day, and an extended marathon in the evening. The prestigious ”Victoria scholarship” is presented to a sports achiever. Information: Öland Tourist Office, tel: +46-485-390 20; Fax: 46-485-390 10



Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Stockholm Jazz Festival, July

International jazz festival with international and Swedish world-acclaimed artists from the genres of jazz, blues, soul, funk and latin. In the center of Stockholm people gather to eat and enjoy the view as they listen to artists from all over the world. Sit and enjoy or dance to swing bands on the smaller stages. info@stockholmjazz.com



Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Medieval Festival Week, August

For one week the old town of Visby on the island of Gotland goes back in time to the Middle Ages. Locals dress up in historic costumes, knights demonstrate their strength in jousting tournaments and a maiden is locked in a tower. Carnival atmosphere and festivities; a mixture of sobriety and merriment, education and carnival extravagance in a genuine medieval town. info@medeltidsveckan.se



Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

The Gothenburg party, August

Swedens second largest and, some say, friendlest city throws a week long festival with an abundance of activities in the city center



Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Lidingö Cross-Country Race, October

The worlds largest cross-country race for runners in beautiful Lindingö outside of Stockholm info@lidingoloppet.se

Stockholm Open, October

The world famous tennis tournament.




Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council


Stockholm International Film Festival, November

International film festival premiering over 100 films from all over the world.
info@filmfestivalen.se



Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

Nobel Prize Day, December

The Nobel Prize Awards are presented by H.M. the King at a formal ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall. By special invitation only. Banquet follows at the Stockholm City Hall.
info@nobel.se



Photo: Swedish Travel & Tourism Council

ST. Lucia Day, December

The coronation of Saint Lucia, the bearer of light. Celebrated all over Sweden on the darkest night of the year, December 13, when a young woman is chosen to lead the annual procession of light at Skansen open air museum.



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