Quality Hotel 11
Phone: (46) 31 7791111
Fax: (46) 31 7791110
Maskingatan 11, Gothenburg, SE, 41764
- Phone: (46) 31 7791111
- Fax: (46) 31 7791110
Eriksberg is an old shipyard that has been rebuilt and is now a modern neighborhood. The former machinery buildings have been restored and now serve as a hotel with conference facilities, Blå Hallen and Eriksbergshallen. Eriksbergs gantry crane stands 84 meters (275 feet) above sea level, and you have a great view of the harbor. For the more daring, there is also bungee jumping. If you are interested in Gothenburg's naval history, a visit to the East India Company building site for the ship Göthenborg is highly recommended. It also houses a museum and a shop. Färjenäsberget is where Gothenburg was originally founded in 1603. There are also restaurants and cafés at Eriksberg. To get there take the ferry Älv-Snabben from Lilla Bommen to Eriksberg.
The Gothenburg Aquarium is housed in the same building as Sjöfartsmuseet (the Maritime Museum). This is the place to go if you want to see poisonous, dangerous or simply colorful tropical fish, such as piranhas or the dragon fish. Another room is dedicated to common Swedish species like cod and flatfish. But the most exciting part is probably the terrarium, where you can see fascinating creatures like boa constrictors, salamanders and a couple of alligators.
The old fortress Elfsborg's ruins are located in Klippans Kulturreservat cultural reserve. The fortress was conquered by the Danes twice, in 1563 and 1612; it was only returned to Sweden once a large ransom had been paid. The first time the Danes attacked Elfsborg was in 1502. Nya Älvsborgs Fästning (the New Älvsborg Fortress) was built in the harbor entrance in 1660, and the old fortress was blown up. Elfsborg was then used as a quarry for the construction of Gothenburg's fortifications. There isn't much left of the fortress, but high up on the right-hand side of the hotel there are a few remains left. The easiest way to get to Elfsborg is to take ferry Älvsnabben to Klippan.
Klippan is located just below Älvsborgs bridge. The area of Klippan was a precursor to the community that would later become the city of Gothenburg. There used to be salting-houses, glassworks and foundries here during the eighteenth century. The Scottish Carnegie family owned sugar refineries and breweries in the area later on. Today, Klippan is a cultural heritage center. You will also find a café, hotel and restaurant here. Saint Birgitta's chapel is located in the same area. The easiest way to get here is to take the ferry Älv-snabben from Lilla Bommen to Klippan.
Sjömanstornet (The Mariner Tower) is situated at the Maritime Museum, just next to Stigbergstorget. The tower was built in memory of deceased marines of the First World War. The inscriptions of their names and the ships they served on are at the foot of the tower. The tower was inaugurated in 1933. It is 49 meters tall (160 feet) and reaches to 63 meters (206 feet) over sea level. There is no lift, so you have to walk up all 139 steps. At the top of the tower stands the five meter (16 feet) statue Kvinna vid havet ("Woman by the Sea"). To get here, take trams 3, 4 or 9 to Stigbergstorget.
Älvsborgsbron connects Gothenburg with the island of Hisingen, the fourth largest island of Sweden. The bridge opened in 1966. Sven Olof Asplund, who designed the bridge, also planned Kaknästornet, the television tower in Stockholm. If you walk to the middle of the bridge, you have a great view of the harbor entrance. Look to the west, and you will see the Älvsborgs Nya Fästning fortress. To get there take the number 9 tram from Brunnsparken to Jaegerdorffsplatsen. From the tram stop, it is about 15 minutes' walking distance.
The tower of Masthuggskyrkan church, located in the magnificent Örgryte Gamla Kyrka church complex, is famous for being the Sweden's landmark at a time when immigrants made the country their home. Because of its height and location, Masthuggskyrkan offers some of the best views of Gothenburg city, and the two massive bells it houses weigh a mammoth three and two tons respectively. The interiors combine Viking-style ornamental facades with Christian symbolism. The acoustics in the church are wonderful; if you whisper down by the door you can be heard all the way to the altar. The architect of the church was Sigfrid Ericsson, who also designed Johannebergskyrkan and was involved in the design of Götaplatsen, Konstmuseet and Konsthallen.
Built in 1866 St. John's Cathedral was built for the struggling population of the Masthugget district. In 1878 it became known as a church for the sailors of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. Today the church has come full circle and has become a place of renewal, where diversity, and openness are encouraged.
Amerikaskjulet is located by Stigbergskajen, just behind Stigbergstorget. The Swedish America Lines passenger ships started running in 1910, and Amerikaskjulet was inaugurated the same year. Passenger traffic continued until the mid—1970s. Nowadays, Amerikaskjulet is a quay for cruise ships. Until the late 1990s, the Sea Cat catamaran had its terminal here. To get there take trams 1, 3, 4 or 9 to Stigbergstorget. Walk towards the Maritime museum, across the footbridge.
Another church housed in the Örgryte Gamla Kyrka complex is the Oscar Fredriks Kyrka, which looms atop a cliff at the foot of Masthuggetsberget hill. Built in true Gothic style, it was the brainchild of architect Helgo Zetterwall. The church was completed in 1893 and named after King Oscar II, its splendid, light green interiors take you back to the medieval ages and transport you to a whole new realm.
Iron use to be an important export product in Gothenburg and was weighed at Järntorget (the Iron Square), giving the square its recognizable name. There are a few restaurants and shops located around the square as well as a community theater (Folkteatern) and a community center (Folkets Hus) for those looking for more entertainment. Järntorget is a short walk from the city center, but can also be accessed by trams 1, 3, 4 or 9, or bus number 85 from Brunnsparken.
At Barnens zoo, children can learn to interact with animals in a natural and respectful way. Goats, sheep, pigs and ducks roam freely in an enclosure where the children can walk around and pet the animals. At 2p and 2:15p you can take a short walk down to the seals or the penguins nearby and watch them being fed. The petting zoo is located within Slottsskogen. To get here, take trams 1, 2 or 7 to Botaniska trädgården.