One of Europe’s leading botanical gardens, Gothenburg’s Botanic Garden (Botaniska Tradgarden) was opened in 1923, in celebration of Gothenburg’s 300-year-anniversary. Spread over 430 acres, visit the botanic gardens and famous arboretum, and see 16,000 species of plant, from American insect eaters to Himalayan plants.
Botaniska Tradgarden is also home to a rock garden which has been given 3 stars in the Michelin Green Guide, as well as a Rhododendron Valley, Japanese Glade, and Kitchen Garden. In the greenhouses you can see 4,000 different plants, including 1,500 kinds of orchid. As you explore, keep a look out for the rare Sophora Toromiro tree, indigenous to Easter Island.
Just across the road from Slottsskogen Park, scattered among the garden’s woodland there are plenty of lawns where you can relax and have a picnic. There’s also a restaurant, Botaniska Paviljongen, where you can enjoy lunch, and an art gallery and shop.
Gothenburg Botanical Garden is open all year round, from 9am - sunset. To get to the park from Kungsportsavenyn, take tram 1, 5, or 7 and hop off at the Botaniska Tradgarden stop. There is a voluntary admission fee of SEK 20.