Just off Gothenburg’s main shopping avenue, Tradgardsforeningen was founded in 1842 by King Carl XIV Johan as a park and horticultural garden to be enjoyed by the people.
Run by The Garden Society of Gothenburg, Tradgardsforeningen is one of the best-preserved 19th-century parks in Sweden. Visit the acclaimed rose garden, where over 4,000 roses bloom in summer. To sit and smell the flowers while enjoying a bite to eat and drink, head to cafe Rosenkaféet. In summer, the Rosarium also hosts lunchtime concerts and children’s theaters.
At the gardens, you can also walk along the banks of Gothia River on which Tradgardsforeningen is set. To see the garden’s exotic plants, from the tropics to the Mediterranean, visit the palm house which was built in 1878 and inspired by London’s Crystal Palace. There’s also a children’s playground, and plenty of spots to sit down and relax on the manicured lawns -- no “Do not walk on the grass here” signs here!
Right in the city center on Slussgatan 1, and just 2 minutes’ walk from Central Station, entry to Tradgardsforeningen is free, and the park is open all year round.