Renowned for its charming Dutch-style canals and leafy boulevards, the Swedish city of Gothenburg is a delight to explore on foot.
Situated off the Göta älv river on the country’s west coast and a gateway to some of Sweden’s most beautiful islands, Gothenburg is perhaps the nation’s best known city after Stockholm, and attracts large numbers of visitors every year who come to enjoy its bustling atmosphere and attractions. Part of its appeal is that it is also highly walkable, and there are a number of guided walking tours available, many themed around a particular aspect of the city. We’ve picked out 5 of the best.
Haga Old Town Walking Tour
One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Gothenburg, rejuvinated Haga is an enchanting mix of old and new, with boutique shops and pleasant cafés sitting side by side with beautifully-preserved houses, many in the characteristic Gothenburg style known as “landshövdingehus,” distinctive for having one floor in brick and the rest in wood. Each house and building has a wealth of historic significance and during this 2-hour walking tour your professional tour guide will enlighten you about the fascinating history of the area with insider stories and local folklore as you soak up the atmosphere. From €37 per person.
Gunnebo House and Gardens Guided Walking Tour
Visit a prestigious 18th-century estate on this 1-hour guided walking tour, during which you’ll learn about the Hall family who built and lived in the palace. Located on a hill, the neoclassical manor house stands tall and overlooks the surrounding countryside, and upon walking inside you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back to the 18th century. After your guided tour of the interior, you’ll have the chance to stroll through the sprawling, manicured gardens at your own pace. From €16 per person.
Guided by one of Gothenburg’s renowned Instagram influencers, this 2-hour tour takes you on an exploration of the city, stopping off at regular intervals to take beautiful pictures that will elevate your Insta feed to new levels. At famous landmarks, , trendy hotspots and hidden gems you’ll learn how to capture those moments and settings that will leave your friends green with envy. So if you have aspirations of becoming an influencer yourself, this tour is for you. From €59 per person.
Guided Walking and Swedish Fika Tour
There are few activities more quintessentially Swedish than going for a traditional ‘fika’, the act of relaxing with a delicious coffee and pastry. This mouth-watering 2-hour tour invites you to experience this time-honoured ritual yourself by visiting some of Gothenburg’s top-class cafés and award-winning bakeries. As you savour treats and immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere, your guide will also provide fascinating stories and facts about the city. From €56 per person.
Architectural Walk with a Local
Hosted by a local guide, this private architectural walking tour lets small groups of family or friends discover some the most impressive buildings in Gothenburg and learn about each one and its characteristics. During this walk, you’ll become better acquainted with the local architecture, while also discovering how this has changed over the years, with the city becoming more modern while still retaining its unique character. Highlights include stops at a neo-romantic public bathhouse, an 18th-century synagogue, and a waterside opera house. Groups are limited to 8 people. From €100 per person.