Language: Swedish (English widely Spoken)
Partnership: Same sex marriage legal since 2009
Scene: Cosy & Fun
Currency: Swedish Krona
Typical Weekend Break Cost: £450.00
GOTHENBURG: GO AWAKEN YOUR SENSES
Just under a couple of hours flight away, you’ll find a unique destination by the sea, one of Europe’s most sensorial city-breaks and a well kept secret by those in the know – Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city with a cosmopolitan vibe, set in an amazing urban-nature environment.
Gothenburg showcases the best in homegrown and international music. Way Out West at the end of summer is a huge music festival that attracts a massive gay following especially from the UK, due to its proximity and the acts they bring in. In line with the festival spirit, West Pride, Gothenburg's Pride festival, is also known as one of the most community-focused Pride festivals in Europe based all around Arts and culture.
A foodie’s paradise, Gothenburg offers everything from Michelin outposts to local hangouts. Moreover, the city is a haven for seafood lovers. Have a long summer dinner (the sun sets late if at all) at a waterside restaurant – Cuckoos Nest, Restaurang Gabriel and the splendid Riverton View Skybar and Restaurant are just the tip of the iceberg.
From central Gothenburg, you’re moments away from the briny sea air; it is just a short trip to both the Northern and the Southern islands of the magnificent West Sweden archipelago. The Southern islands are car free and you get there by ferry from the boat terminal Saltholmen. To get to the Northern islands you take the ferry from Lilla Varholmen on Hisingen.
Gothenburg is among one of the safest cities in Europe, but more than that it has a thriving gay scene and a beautiful, fun-loving LGBTQ population. This charming city has established itself as one of Sweden's foremost gay cities, with a wide range of entertainment, places and activities for gay people. The legendary Bee Kitchen and Bar in the heart of the city is a must, before partying into the night among locals at other lively gay bars and clubs.
There are plenty of ways to explore Gothenburg, but to really make the most of the seaside feel, take the popular sightseeing boat Paddan and embark on a classic tour under the bridges and out in the harbour, but there are other options on land too, offering great sights and historic insights. During the summer you can enjoy a boat trip in the archipelago and experience Gothenburg’s urban nature at its best.
WHERE TO STAY AND WHAT TO DO
One of the most talked-about places to stay in the city is the Mornington Hotel Stravaganza. The name says it all – this charming, design-led hotel is located right at Avenyn Boulevard in the city centre, with cosy rooms and friendly staff. It features a fantastic coffee bar for you caffeine addicts out there and is, all in all, the perfect place to recharge your batteries for your next Gothenburg adventure. www.mornington.se/goteborg
If you’ve got the nose for a great deal then you must pick up a Gothenburg City Card, which gives 48 hours access to public transport and loads of attractions.
For the very latest goings-on, inspiration and low-down on gay-friendly Gothenburg, check out www.goteborg.com/en