In the last installment of the family ecotourism series that takes you through the highlights of Northern Europe, I invite you to appreciate lovely Gothenburg. Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, after Stockholm. It is located on the southwest coast of Sweden and is equidistant between Copenhagen, Denmark and Olso, Norway. According to the Gothenburg city council, each resident enjoys 300 square feet of green space, which explains how one can readily reach the forests, meadows, lakes, parks and gardens that are peppered throughout the city.
With an extensive tram network that is the largest in Scandinavia and bus line system that covers the rest, there is no reason, frankly, to use a car. More specifically for tourists, there’s the Paddan Boat Tour, which provides an excellent starting point for exploring the city and a bit of humor since some bridges are so low, such as the one aptly named the “cheese-slicer”, one has to prostrate themselves on the floor of the boat to pass underneath.
Family ecotourism activities:
- Visit Slottsskogen, a vast park southwest of the city that is covered in forest and offers sweeping views of the city from its three high vantage points. You can spot diverse wildlife such as elk, deer, seals, penguins, flamingos and tropical birds
- Delsjon Nature Reserve in the east of the city has two adjoining lakes (one named “Big Lake” and the other “Small Lake”) with tree-lined rocky cliffs and plenty of forest to enjoy as you hike or jog along the path.
- The Gothenburg Botanical Garden is the south of the city is one of Europe’s best. It features 20,000 species of plants, flowers and trees. The two most popular attractions include the topiary garden and the Ulf Nordfjell’s Linnaeus Garden, which won a gold medal at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in 2007.
- The Horticulture Society Park is one of the best preserved 19thcentury parks in Europe with the rose garden having been awarded two stars by the Michelin Green Guide.
- Walk, bike or sail along the canals that run throughout the city. Cycle guides can be purchased at the Tourist Office.
Check out our other family trips through Sweden’s western wilderness.