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Gustaf Adolf Square (Gustav Adolfs Torg)
Gustaf Adolf Square (Gustav Adolfs Torg)

Gustaf Adolf Square (Gustav Adolfs Torg)

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Built in 1629 and known simply as Stortorget (Big Square) for two centuries, Gustaf Adolf Square gets its name from the plaza’s statue of Gustavus Adolphus, king of Sweden from 1611 - 1632. Notice how the statue’s finger points to the ground. Story goes, the king rode up Otterhällan Mountain and pointed to the fields surrounding the canal below, saying “The city shall be placed here.”

Snap a pic of yourself doing the same pose as Gustaf, and you won’t be the only one. Said to be one of the great military leaders of European history, the king is said to have steered Sweden to greatness in the Thirty Years War, so Gothenburg’s main square seems a fitting place for his statue.

On the north side of the square, see Gothenburg City Hall, a neoclassical dream of gleaming white pillars, and a popular place to get married. Also look out for the city’s law court. Its 1934 extension, by leading Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund, has been much lauded by fans of his modernist style.

At Christmas, a huge Christmas tree lights up the center, and Gothenburg’s most famous winter market fills the plaza, harking back to the 17th century when farmers’ carts filled the square and boats filled with food for sale jammed the canal.

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Make Your Own Tour - Guided Walking Tour

Make Your Own Tour - Guided Walking Tour

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Get a more intimate introduction to Gothenburg than you’d get if exploring on a bus or bike on a private walking tour that allows you to customize your own itinerary. As well as benefiting from the undivided attention of a private guide, you’ll be free to tailor your schedule according to your interests.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Gothenburg Private Walking Tour

Gothenburg Private Walking Tour

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See Gothenburg through the eyes of a local on this private walking tour. See the city's most famous sites—including Feskekôrka (the fish church), Skansen Kronan fortress, and the Poseidon statue—as well as a few off-the-beaten-track attractions tailored to your own interests. On a private tour you can set your own pace and route while getting illuminating insights not found in the guidebooks.
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  • 3 hours
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Small-Group Walking Tour in Gothenburg

Small-Group Walking Tour in Gothenburg

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Get a more intimate experience of Gothenburg than possible on big bus tours. This small-group guided walking tour, limited to just 10 people, takes you to the city's most famous sites, including Feskekôrka (the fish church) and Haga Nygata district, as well as some hidden corners overlooked by most visitors. Along the way, your guide shares insight into Gothenburg's history and its modern-day role as a trendy hub of design and music.
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  • 3 hours
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Gothenburg city tour by traditional tram

Gothenburg city tour by traditional tram

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You will visit the popular and main destinations of the city by tram and walk which will include all about its culture, heritage, people, markets, shops, agriculture, and modern constructions. It’s a complete package to get to know the city from its core to the fullest. You can also choose to go on this tour on a bus with your private guide.
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  • 2 hours
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