The city used to be an important shipbuilding centre but the docks have now closed to be replaced by Sweden’s biggest university and the many hi-tech industries that have squeezed into the refurbished industrial buildings. Shopping malls and history now attract the city’s income.
The city is relatively new, being founded in the 17th century, but still has plenty of history. Begin with a visit to the two watch towers called the Castle Keep (Skansen Kronan) and the Lion’s Keep (Skansen Lejonet). From the Castle Keep you’ll get a good view of the city but Lion’s Keep is now incongruously surrounded by railway yards.
Near Castle Keep you’ll find Gothenburg’s old quarter, Haga, which has beautiful old wooden houses from over 200 years ago and a quiet old world feel to it. If you want a bit more life whilst there, try a walk down through Langgaten which has a more bohemian feel to it with shops and people to match!