Göteborg: First Impressions

Well, as I said in the previous post, I’ve spent a couple of days enjoying in Göteborg, and as I usually do, I’m going to comment a little bit about the city.

Göteborg, placed in the west part of Sweden, was founded in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus, in the (in that date) almost joint between Norway and Denmark, giving the city a very important strategic relevance. Currently, it has a population of about 500,000 just in the city, and about 900,000 in the whole metropolitan area. It’s the second biggest city of Sweden, being after Stockholm and before Malmö.

Göteborg 1

Göteborg is very beautiful, and it’s delightful to walk over its streets while admiring the city. However, despite Göteborg has plenty of really nice buildings, like Göteborg Opera or the Central Station or monuments like Poseidon, I think that it lacks a really representative monument or building as can be Turning Torso in Malmö or Cibeles or Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid.

Thanks to the way the buildings are lighted at night, it’s worth to walk the city both during the day and during the night, so you can enjoy your visits to Göteborg 24 hours a day.

Göteborg 2

The public transportation system is great, with ferry and very important bus and tram networks (the latter being the biggest one in Northern Europe). It allows you to move fast and comfortable, and it’s a real pleasure to use it. Also, the chance of paying the tram trips using the mobile phone is a great technological breakthrough.

As it corresponds to an important city, Göteborg has a wide range of cultural activities to offer, as restaurants, cinemas, theater, opera, etc. For example, during the days I was there, they were celebrating the Göteborgs Filmfestival which, by the way, is the biggest in Scandinavia.

Göteborg 3

And one of the biggest (and best) surprises I found here is that there’re a lot of Japanese restaurants and sushi bars… you can even find more than 3 sushi bars in the same street! Comparing that with the almost impossibility to find decent sushi in Karlskrona, and knowing my addiction to sushi, it makes Göteborg and even more desirable place to visit.

A very interesting city, to which I’d like to go back soon for visiting (specially with good weather) and in which I wouldn’t mind even to study.

Also, despite it’s unrelated to this post… happy Chinese New Year!

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