*The below list contains ideas and suggestions for your visit. Please note that these activities are not part of the ESO Conference nor is the Conference responsible for organizing any of the mentioned activities.
Sweden and Gothenburg offer plenty of options for those seeking to spend a little less. Explore the possibilities suggested below and start planning your trip.
Having a tour of the city is one of the best ways to discover its top sites. Download The Gothenburg Guides - a free app that includes a map and an audio guide, and will enable you to do several tours by yourself. A tour of the city highlights, a walk along the river banks, or an excursion of the city's most haunted places, they are all available free of charge!
Seeing Gothenburg from the water is one of the great attractions of the city. Choose a tour with a local public transport ferry instead of the pricier ''Paddan'' boat tour. Explore the harbour and some of the modern neighbourhoods along the northern banks of the river. Sit on the rooftop of the ferry and enjoy a great view, all for the price of a normal public transport ticket (28 SEK).
For information on the specific ferry routes and times of rides, learn more here.
Visit one of the city's landmarks and central points, the Dome Cathedral, Domkyrkan. This classical style church designed by architect Carl Wilhelm Carlberg is the third building constructed on the same site, as the original church was destroyed in 1721. Entrance is free.
This indoor fish market is a true Mecca for seafood lovers and a great sight to behold. Visit to experience the local culture and delicacies and to admire the architecture of the building. Inspired by wooden churches and stone Gothic churches, this architectural experiment was built in 1874. Feskekörka, means ''Fish Church'' in Swedish. Entrance is free.
Gothenburg is a perfect combination of history and modern design. You can find picturesque wooden houses, contemporary pieces of art such as the Opera House and ''The Lipstick'', as well as places where the old meets the new, like the renovated Old Shipyard. A guide to architecture highlights can be found here.
Parks and gardens
An easy way to enjoy the lovely Spring in Gothenburg is to make use of the vast amounts of greenery in and around the city.
The Garden Society is less than 15 minutes walking distance from the Conference venue and entrance is free. Enjoy thousands of roses, woodlands, and tropical plants in the Palm House.
Another great attraction is the Botanical Garden, one of the largest in Europe. Admission to the Botanical Gardens is free, entrance to the greenhouses will cost you 20 SEK (approximately €2).
The main city park, Slottsskogen, is huge and is located right in the heart of the city. Entrance to the park zoo is free of charge and is open all year round.
You might have heard of Scandinavia's largest amusement park, Liseberg, which is in Gothenburg, but have you heard of the Liseberg Gardens? Just across from the ESOC 2018 Conference venue you can stroll through waterfalls, flower beds and artwork. Entrance costs 100 SEK (approximately €10).
There are some great museums to explore in Gothenburg. Within walking distance of the Conference venue, you can find:
- Göteborgs Konsthall: A centre for Contemporary Art. Entrance is free.
- Gothenburg Museum of Art: Features an extensive collection with works from the 15th century up to today. Entrance 60 SEK (around €6)
- Museum of World Culture: For a mixture of international architecture, contemporary art, and interactive activities. Entrance is free.
For more Gothenburg budget tips and visitor information, visit:
Gothenburg on a Budget >>
See & Do in Gothenburg >>