Nature in Gothenburg

Being a port city you are never far from water in Gothenburg; down at the harbour where giant ferries traffic continental Europe, or the city’s beautifully laid-out canals.

  • The Botanical Garden in Gothenburg
  • The Slottsskogen park in Gothenburg
  • A drink by the water in Gothenburg

The Botanical Garden in Gothenburg


When Gothenburgers want a bit of R&R, they often congregate at Slottsskogen, a vast park in the southwest of the city. Much of it is covered in forest and it offers sweeping vistas of the city from its three high vantage points.

For a walk, or maybe even a kayak on the wild side, visit Delsjön Nature Reserve in the east of the city. It has two adjoining lakes (one named 'Big Lake' and the other 'Small Lake' - for obvious reasons) with tree-lined rocky cliffs and plenty of forest and dale to enjoy. Wintertime there is downhill skiing – really.

For refined horticulture, plant collections and fabulous picnic meadows go to the Gothenburg Botanical Garden in the south of the city. It is one of Europe's finest and well worth a visit. It features 20,000 species of plant, flowers, trees etc., beautifully laid out across 175 hectares.

For more on Gothenburg’s parks go here.

The West Coast islands

The southern West Coast islands are just a short boat ride away from Saltholmen Harbour in the south of the city and tram no. 11 from just outside Central Station in the city, takes you there. The nearest islands are Styrsö, Vrångö and Donsö. Visit the islands for a bit of West Coast island life culture, beauty and bathing spots (summer) and walks.

For details about how to get to the islands of the northern West Coast archipelago pop into one of the Gothenburg tourism office.

Do yourself a favour and buy a Gothenburg City Card when you visit. It gets you free travel on public transport, free admission to attractions, museums and free guided tours and sightseeing. As well as discounts in shops and free parking in the city.


Year-round, but for trips to the southern and northern West Coast check boat times first.


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