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In the eighteenth century, the ship Götheborg sank just outside Gothenburg on its way home from China. The hold was full of porcelain and spices. When divers salvaged some of the remaining cargo in the 1980s, they came up with the idea of building an exact replica of the ship. Construction began in the 1990s at the closed-down wharf Eriksberg, and the plan is to have the ship at sea within a few years. When the ship is ready it will sail to China, after being exhibited in Europe.
Located on the banks of the Göta älv river, Färjenäsparken is a beautiful nature park with significant historical importance as the city of Gothenburg was founded here by King Charles IX of Sweden in 1603. It consists of various sports facilities such as tennis courts, beach volley ball ground, mini golf along with a cafe and barbecue spots. Surrounded by trees on all sides, it is a peaceful place for a quite nature walk or a family picnic away from the busy streets of the city.
Gothenburg has always been a seafaring city, and what the sea has meant for the city is something you can learn about at Sjöfartsmuseet. Here you will find models of ships from the 17th century until the present day, an exhibition of figureheads (many of them from shipwrecked ships), and maps and models of the harbor. Next to the museum stands a tower with a statue of the waiting wife of a sailor. From there, you have a great view of the harbor entrance. 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.
Ramberget is Gothenburg's highest mountain, rising 86 meters (282 feet) above sea level. It is situated on Hisingen, Sweden's fourth-largest island. Ramberget has a nice lookout point which offers a grand view over most parts of Gothenburg. When the sun is still shining, you can see Vinga lighthouse in the west. Next to Ramberget is Keilers park. The path up Ramberget is a steep one, but take a picnic basket with you and enjoy it on the mountaintop. To get here, take trams 2 or 5 to Wieselgrensplatsen.
While you are in Gothenburg, why not try the fairly obscure Olympic sport of curling? Göteborgs Curlingklubb arranges trial sessions for private individuals. These trial sessions are held every Thursday evening and Sundays in the late afternoon. Please book in advance and arrange for staff to be on hand to assist you. Curling is played at Slottskogsrinken, situated between Slottskogsvallen and Frölundaborg. There are special trial sessions for companies, which must be booked in advance. To get here, take trams 1, 2 or 3 to Marklandsgatan.
Gothenburg does not have a rich tradition when it comes to winter sports, but competitions in ski jumping used to be held here, on the ski jump in Slottsskogen, now a ruin. It is still very usable as a toboggan slope, though this is not something for little children; even if the old ski jump is not as steep or long as the modern ones, the speeds you can reach are exhilarating-and of course there is the jump. To get here take trams 1, 2 or 7 to Botaniska Trädgården.
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.
In the summer, Slottsskogen is filled with sunbathers and coffee-drinking locals enjoying the spacious park. There is a pool with seals, and you can watch them being fed in the afternoons. At Barnens Zoo the children can learn to play with animals in a safe and fun way. Refresh yourself at one of the several cafes and for the young children there is the Plikta playground. Slottskogen also plays host to some major concerts and festivals, especially in the summertime. Slottskogen is located next to Linnéplatsen, not very far from Gothenburg's city center.
Located in Slottsskogen, a well known park in Gothenburg, Plikta holds the distinction of being the city's oldest playground. There is ample space for children to play in and a number of interesting rides as well. Families on picnics and teens trying to perfect their tan is a common sight around here.
The magnificent Göta Canal was inaugurated on September 26, 1832 and was opened with the intention of easing transport and travel within the country. It stretches from the city of Gothenburg to Soderkoping near the Baltic Sea. Though the original intention became redundant after the advent of the railway, the canal still remains as a grand example of the architectural and engineering genius of human kind. Today, the canal serves as a tourist attraction, with several cruises being operated on a daily basis during the summer. Do visit the canal and enjoy the wonderful sights of the city from a different perspective.
Sweden's largest botanical gardens, Botaniska Trädgården, are located in Gothenburg. The park is home to about 16,000 plant species. The park is picturesque with a number of gardens, greenhouses, rock gardens, Japanese valleys and such other attractions. The view from these gardens is spectacular and you are sure to find serenity and tranquility from the word go.