As well as meandering aimlessly through the park or going for a run on the forest trails, follow the lead of the locals and get active. Pick wild strawberries and blueberries late summer, go to the well-designed playground with the kids, and play football and sunbathe with a picnic.
Just do it
Go wild with mini-golf or frisbee golf and on sunny days, strip off and challenge the locals on the beach volleyball courts. Slottsskogen also holds the annual Gothenburg Marathon and there is a telescope-equipped observatory where you can see planets and look for shooting stars.
The park doubles as a zoo with spacious animal enclosures spread throughout. See Swedish elk and deer and horses. And in the Children’s Zoo, watch boars, hairy goats, sheep, rabbits, hens and Gotland ponies which you can also take on a trek. There are also ponds with ducks, seals and even penguins.
Slottsskogen is the annual venue for the Way Out West summer music festival, and there is also a gazebo that regularly holds music and dance events throughout the summer. The Göteborg Symphony Orchestra also performs a free outdoor concert in summertime.
Good to know:
You can check out the pecking order of the park penguins – they are fed at 14.30. Take a break in one of the three cafés in the park.
The park itself is always open, but the children’s zoo is only open May-Aug.