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Hotel Riverton is a 4 star independent hotel conveniently located by the waterfront in central Gothenburg and offers a variety of modern rooms, conference spaces and a popular restaurant and skybar on the top floor.

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Hotel Riverton is a 4 star independent hotel conveniently located by the waterfront in central Gothenburg and offers a variety of modern rooms , conference spaces and a popular restaurant and skybar on the top floor. Stay up to date with the latest news and press releases from…

Hotel Riverton is a 4 star independent hotel conveniently located by the waterfront in central Gothenburg and offers a variety of modern rooms , conference spaces and a popular restaurant and skybar on the top floor.…

Hotel Riverton is a 4 star independent hotel conveniently located by the waterfront in central Gothenburg and offers a variety of modern rooms , conference spaces and a popular restaurant and skybar…

Hotel Riverton is a 4 star independent hotel conveniently located by the waterfront in central Gothenburg and offers…

Hotel Riverton is a 4 star independent hotel conveniently located by the waterfront in central Gothenburg and offers a variety of modern rooms, conference spaces and a popular restaurant and skybar on the top floor.

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Afternoon Tea with a view

The Afternoon Tea in Hotel Riverton is an occasion to socialize and relax in style with friends in Gothenburg. The panoramic view from our top floor is the perfect setting for enjoying Afternoon Tea with a view of the Gothenburg harbour.

Our pastry chef, Carlos Alegria and his team, have created a new Afternoon Tea menu where the flavours varies depending on season and availability. Enjoy freshly baked scones with homemade jams and curds, scrumptious finger sandwiches and beautiful pastries that are a delight for both the palate and the eye. If you are looking for a vegetarian or gluten-free option, look no further! We offer the same menu with a few changes to suit your dietary needs.

The ritual of Afternoon Tea started with the 7th Duchess of Bedford. During the nineteenth century it was common to eat only two main meals: an early breakfast and then a late dinner. Rather than battle the hunger pangs in between meals, she started to take tea and snacks each afternoon in the privacy of her bedroom. Eventually this private ceremony became a time to meet with friends and the tradition of Afternoon Tea was born. 

Tea is of course an important component for a great Afternoon Tea, where quality and taste of the tea plays a big part. We have chosen to use loose teas from Mighty Leaf, that have been carefully selected to complement each pastry. Mighty Leaf sources its whole leaf teas from around the world and manages the blending and packaging of teas to ensure consistency and quality in every cup for you to enjoy "sip by sip".

On our Afternoon Tea menu, we offer Organic High Mountain Oolong, which tea connoisseurs around the globe, considers to be one of the best. They are often described as to be in the middle between black and green teas due to the moderate caffeine levels. The oolong teas are very versatile and are traditionally consumed with food. They pair especially well with finer dishes, seafood and lighter, elegant desserts. The flavour of this tea is complex as each brewing will offer a new taste experience. But you can expect wheat, honey, flower and melon to present itself.

We have also included a selection of Rooibos teas on the menu (pronounced roy-boss). Rooibos originates from South Africa's Cedarberg region where it thrives as a small bush (redbush), the leaves and stems from the bush are used for "tea". This infusion is caffeine free and organically grown. Rooibos is a soothing, fruity sweet drink, full of great taste and a beautiful colour which have contributed to its popularity.

Recommended: Start with a glass of champagne, it tends to make the pastries tastier!

Afternoon Tea is served every Saturday between the hours of 14:00 - 17:00 in the Skybar Lounge. We recommend to book a table in advance. Follow the link for more information and menu. 

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Discover the magic of Christmas in Gothenburg 

Christmas is just arriving in Gothenburg and you have plenty of magical plans and events to enjoy at this beautiful time of the year. The city goes all out to create a magical and sparkling feeling for all: it gets filled with shining lights, Christmas markets, green fir trees and seasonal caroling. Christmas is a cozy time for visiting Gothenburg, here are the top spots and events for enjoying Christmas in Gothenburg and get you into the holiday spirit!

The Lane of Lights

Start off your quest for Christmas at the beautiful Lane of Lights. From 1st of December until 8th of January, the streets of Gothenburg will be shining with the installations of lights, that goes from The Göteborg Opera to Liseberg Amusement Park. Following the Lane by foot is a good way to discover the sparkling Gothenburg, passing through different local attractions such as The Lipstick, Kronhusbodarna area, the Market Hall, Stora Teatern or Vasaparken, arriving at the magnificent Liseberg Park, specially themed for Christmas.

Liseberg Amusement Park

Liseberg Amusement Park is one of the places not to miss around Christmas in Gothenburg. With nearly 5 000 000 Christmas lights, the park creates a cozy and magical atmosphere that will take you back to the wonders for the holiday you experienced as a child. Liseberg also host Sweden’s biggest Christmas market with more than 80 stalls offering Christmas-style decorations and yummy treats. You will also find winter attractions such as an ice skating rink and traditional seasonal food in the restaurants. Make sure to make some time for a ride or two on one of the many attractions that are open. Moreover, this year visitors can also enjoy a magical show of The Nutcracker at the ice skating rink.
Besides the traditional market, there is the Design market, a modern market that is held in the tower of Liseberg, where visitors can find unique objects and well-known brands.

Lights on Artscape

For the ones that don’t want to follow the typical Christmas city events, will be able to enjoy the Lights on Artscape, the street art pieces can be found on building and walls around the city. 11 works of the street art festival Artscape, which was held in Gothenburg this summer, will illuminate the streets with its bright colors and impressive sizes. So don’t forget to look up the walls and facades when you wander around the city, you may find an amazing piece of art on a wall where you least expect it!

Paddan Christmas Tour

Don’t be afraid by the cold and get into the Christmas spirit in Gothenburg by boat! Pick the Paddan boat for canal city sightseeing to Liseberg Park and enjoy the beautiful views of the sparkling lights reflected on the water. But don’t worry, the Paddan boat is equipped with candles and you will be served hot mulled wine and gingerbread cookies onboard to warm up.

Christmas markets

During Christmas, you can also go shopping in the many Christmas markets spread around the city, most of them are open throughout December. In the markets, you will find everything from handicrafts to fashion pieces and interior design from Gothenburg´s best upcoming designers. If you´re not in the mood for shopping, just strolling around the markets will bring a warm fuzzy, seasonal feeling and are definitely worth a visit!

Christmas concerts

Music has always been a key feature for getting into the Christmas vibe. The city offers many possibilities, from the more traditional concerts to big shows with some of Sweden´s leading artists. Some of them are not to miss, like the Singing Christmas Tree, where local choirs of the city brave the cold throughout December to perform by Kungstorget in a Christmas tree formation. It´s free to attend and the shows will start around 6 PM on weekdays and from 3 PM on weekends. Take a look at the agenda and enjoy the sounds of Christmas!

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The Top Gothenburg parks Guide

When the sun is shining and the first warm breezes come to the city, there is no better plan than losing yourself in one of the green parks and gardens in the city. Gothenburg has some popular green oases within walking distance and are perfect for picnics, relaxing with a good book or going for a walk in the open air. Moreover, Gothenburg celebrates 2016 as The Green Year: Gothenburg Green World , with a lot of green events and exhibitions planned during the whole year in Scandinavia’s premier parks. Spending time in green spaces is claimed to improve quality of life, so join all the green fans out there and start exploring the urban parks in Gothenburg!

Botanical Gardens.

This is one of the top local parks due to its dimensions: more than 170 hectares with around 16,000 species in the greenhouse areas making it one of the largest gardens in Europe. The Botanical is a well recognized green point of the city, with two stars in the Michelin Green Guide and close to the nature reserve Änggårdsbergen. There are daily guided tours during the summer season, where you will be able to see carnivorous plants, tropical orchids and the rare Easter Island tree, extinct in its natural environment. Moreover, there are a lot of activities  during all the year. With the Göteborg City Card, you will get free admission to the Botanical.

Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen).

This wonderful garden located in the city centre is one of the best preserved 19th-century parks in Europe. The palm house, a beautiful greenhouse from 1878 inspired by Crystal Palace in London and with a jungle-like interior with Mediterranean plants, could be one of the Instagram favourites of the city. Its magnificent collection of thousands of roses and carpet beddings worth a visit. This cozy garden has a star in the Michelin Green Guide and plans special activities like the Midsummer celebration , a perfect occasion for enjoying the park whilst experience the traditional dance around the Maypole!

Slottsskogen

This is the main park of the city due to its dimensions and equipments as a recreation area. Slottsskogen will be particularly preferred by families with children thanks to the free mini zoo with farm animals and the large playground Plikta. There is also a 15-metre wall to climb and a lot of scheduled activities, like the Göteborg Blues Festival in July and the music festival Way Out West in August.

Urban farms and gardens

Urban farming and gardening in allotment gardens is a popular pastime in many corners of Sweden: as people want to have insight in where their food comes from. For that purpose, many residents share between them a piece of garden land cultivated with vegetables and fruits. The movement has become so popular in recent year that the Koloniträdgårdsförbundet (Association of Allotment Gardens) represents more than 25,000 members and 260 organizations, including gardening collectives and farming associations. During Gothenburg Green World 2016 there will be urban farming safaris, guided tours to explore urban farms and gardens of the city and you will also get to know more about food production and healthy living.

• Gunnebo house and gardens

These gardens are always open and they represent one of the finest 18th -century establishments in northern Europe. Gunnebo was conceived as a summer villa for the wealthy merchant John Hall. Nowadays is a vibrant cultural spot with guided tours and events scheduled (during the whole year. Free guided tour is included with the Göteborg City Card. The area has two stars in the Michelin Green Guide.

• Liseberg

Liseberg is more than just the iconic amusement park of Gothenburg. In fact, it is one of the largest parks in the city with a vibrant history inside its paths. During the years, it has been used as a pasture, tobacco plantation, a grand farm and a private garden. Nowadays it’s not only an amusement park, it also constitutes a great leisure area where the people of Gothenburg can enjoy the nature. Liseberg gardens are famous for its floral displays and oaks trees planted on this beautiful hillside. The gardens are being renewed with new spaces for the Gothenburg Green World 2016.

Keillers

This park is located at Ramberget, Hisingen, and has a stunning view of the river and the city. This is the perfect spot for having a picnic with the best views of Gothenburg in front of you. The park is the perfect mix of landscape and natural forest.

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Tips for doing business in Sweden

Whether you’re a regular to Sweden or this is your first time doing business in the country, our top tips will make sure things go smoothly.

  • Time For A Pre Meeting, Meeting Meeting

If you’re headed to Sweden for that ‘all important meeting’, better extend your stay, because chances are it is more like ‘those all important meetings’. Swedish business culture involves a lot of meetings. Meetings are the lifeblood of many Swedish businesses. So prepare to talk, prepare to listen and prepare to drink lots of coffee. Why not plan to hold one or more meetings at Hotel Riverton in Gothenburg? The hotel offers a variety of spaces that can be tailored to your specific requirements.

  • Getting It ‘Lagom’

If you can understand ’lagom’, then Swedish business culture and to some degree Swedish culture in general, will make a lot of sense. In essence ’lagom’ is the idea of something being ‘just right’. Not too much and not too little. It might not be perfect but it will definitely be sufficient and more often than not it will be beyond expectations. When it comes to work it means Swedes will get the job done and they’ll get it done well, just don’t necessarily expect too much beyond that. Think of it like a piece of Ikea furniture: if the stool needs 5 screws, that’s what you’ll get. Not 6 and not 4. So even if at first you don’t quite understand it, pretty soon you’ll realise that it works and it works well.

  • Make Time For Decision Time

The decision making process in Sweden can be long. Very long. In itself however that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You just may find it frustrating. All you want is a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ and you’ll end up hearing a lot of ‘maybes’ and ‘it depends’. But don’t try and rush the process, because in the end a decision will be made and wherever possible it will be the best possible decision.

  • Work To Live, Not Live To Work

You’ll discover that Swedes work hard and efficiently. As much as they love work, they love time away from work even more. Whether they are headed to the lake, the cabin or just to spend quality time with their family, Swedish people take relaxing as seriously as they do working. So why not enjoy that part of Swedish business culture on your next visit, you may just find that a little more time away from work will make your time at work more enjoyable and more effective.

  • Everyone Gets A Say

If you are used to a business environment where the boss is the only one that gets to decide, then think again. In Swedish business culture everyone gets a say. It may take a while to get everyone’s opinion on the matter, but it really helps create a feeling of kinship and equality in the Swedish workplace. The success of the Swedish business model bears testament to the fact that it pays to give everyone a voice.

  • Go Team!

They say there is no ‘I’ in Team, but there is definitely a Swede in there. Swedes are exceptionally good team players. They are both well organised and respectful and their love of family extends into the workplace. So relax and join the team. If you’re willing to work hard and accommodate other opinions you’ll be quickly adopted into the family.

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Top team building Activities in Sweden

Is your team struggling to bond? Did the merger create new tensions instead of new opportunities? Or maybe you're a tight team looking to blow off some steam. Whatever your reasons for seeking team building activities in Sweden, here are seven exercises that are sure to bring you closer than ever.

  • Kayaking

Nothing will inspire camaraderie more than working together to navigate the waters of the Southern Goteborg Archipelago. It's so large that you'll have your choice of gentle waves or turbulent rivers, making it perfect for mixed company that includes both first-time kayakers and experienced athletes.

  • Segway Tours

Gothenburg is a city where cars are kept to a minimum; many citizens travel by bus, tram or simply on foot. If you don't feel like physically logging the miles, however, you and your group can hop onto Segways for a more relaxing tour. Not only will they keep you cool and refreshed during a Swedish summer, but they're also just plain fun to operate!

  • Treks

Get out of the office with a trip to the Scandinavian mountains. They're made up of everything from glaciers to fjords, and you can find a variety of paths, trails and hikes for visitors of all fitness levels. Scale a simple hill for a beautiful sunrise. Test your group with a challenging trek among cliffs and rock formations or go for gold by ascending to the very peak of Kebnekaise.

  • Roller Coasters

Adrenaline brings people together, and you'll find it in spades at amusement parks like Liseberg. Voted one of the best parks in the world by several different traveling magazines, it offers wooden, steel and even hydraulic-launch roller coasters in addition to all of your standard Ferris wheels and drop towers. If you're looking for thrills and chills to bond your team, you won't find a better place than Liseberg.

  • Ice Sculpting

If you're traveling to Sweden in the wintertime, you might discover that a lot of popular tourist attractions are closed for the season. But there's still a lot you can do even after the snow starts to fall! In addition to skiing and snowshoeing in some of the country's more remote areas, you can also find ice sculpting competitions everywhere, from small towns to major cities.

  • Bars

Socialization is the glue that holds a good group together, and you'll find plenty to talk about at places like the  Skybar at Hotel Riverton. With a great ambiance, fine cocktails and views that no one will ever forget, it's one of the best team building activities you can experience in Gothenburg.

  • Skydiving

If you're tired of dull, conventional getaways, try something completely different with a group skydiving session. There are even companies in Sweden that are devoted exclusively to skydiving as a corporate activity!

These are just seven great ways to foster trust among your team. Whether you're a newly-formed departmental committee or a longstanding group looking to shake things up on this year's corporate retreat, Sweden can offer adventure for everyone.

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Understanding business etiquette in Sweden

Etiquette in Sweden extends beyond how to behave in the sauna or what to say when offered a second helping of Surströmming.

Although the Swedish are known as a relaxed people, even in a business setting, a high level of professionalism is valued. A few tips on Swedish business etiquette will help you to understand your Swedish professional counterparts and ensure that your meeting, conference or negotiation goes without a hitch.

  • Dress

While Swedish business dress code leans more towards informal than corporate, Swedes as a whole are elegant and tasteful in their choice of business apparel. Think less “day at the beach” casual and more “meet the parents” smart casual. In Swedish business culture, business people would avoid dressing in an ostentatious way that would draw undue attention. Good quality, well-fitting apparel is to be recommended. The seasons in Sweden are more defined than in many other countries and so if visiting in the colder part of the year plan to dress appropriately for the possibility of rain, wind, snow or a combination of all three!

  • Manner

In Swedish business culture, a respectful yet direct approach is best. When meeting new colleagues or business associates, a firm handshake, polite instruction and direct eye contact is the way forward. Once you have met your new coworkers or business associates, it is generally acceptable to refer to them on a first name basis. While most Swedes speak excellent English, a few key phrases in Swedish will help you make friends fast and most importantly will help you in any business dealings.

  • Time

The success of Swedish businesses in the global economy bears testament to an excellent work ethic. Swedish business people are punctual and prompt and the business visitor to the country is wise to keep this in mind when attending meetings or conferences. This being said, the country is a world leader in assisting workers to strike a healthy work/home life balance. This is demonstrated by the flexi-time that many companies offer, allowing the accumulation of hours by employees.

  • Take A Break

A key part of the Swedish business day is ‘fika’, or the custom of drinking coffee often accompanied by an open sandwich or something sweet. Swedish business people will schedule this break as part of their daily routine. Fika is an important part of a productive day, not just a chance to get your caffeine fix or try a tasty semla pastry. Why not view this as a team building opportunity and spend a few minutes getting to know your colleagues? The Hotel Riverton in Gothenburg conference rooms have been thoughtfully designed to make your whole business day a relaxed but productive occasion. In fact, when it comes to team building, move beyond fika and let the team at Hotel Riverton arrange a tailored activity for you and your team.

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5 Reasons you should visit Sweden in winter

There are countries that unveil their true colours in a particular season, revealing their best kept secrets to daring eyes looking for unique experiences. Sweden in winter is one of a kind. A territory where towns, cities and lands merge covered in shiny tender snow that discloses unexpected visions.
There are many reasons why you should visit Sweden in winter. Do not miss the five reasons listed here, and let your senses drive you to discover even more of the Swedish treasures.

  • Be charmed by the ethereal Northern lights

Aurora Borealis are an once-in-a-lifetime breathtaking experience that only winters can offer. Fill up your eyes with unbelievable streams of colours floating in the starry sky. Abisko National Park, lying at the highest latitudes of the Swedish territory, will put you face to face with this spectacle.

  • Swift over the Swedish land on a dog sled

Originally a hunting vehicle for local people, dog-sledding is one of the most famous tourist winter activities in Sweden. Indulge in infinite white landscapes and wind through magic forests, sliding over ice or soft snow for an experience drenched in nature. Best places for it is the Kiruna region or Hovfjället in central Sweden.

  • Row, row, row your kayak gently down Gothenburg’s canals

Who said that kayaking is a summer experience? If you decide to stay in Gothenburg, experience it in a different way, by paddling your kayak on Gothenburg canals. Your new urban discoveries, unfolded by an unexpected point of view, will only be paralleled by the not so far Archipelago of Gothenburg, where the canals inevitably lead you. Here, where the sea wins over the land, you can linger over the city’s skyline.

  • Indulge at icy Vänern Lake, the largest lake in Sweden

This immense expanse of water, the largest in the EU, stage of the 6th century “Battle on the Ice” as recorded in the Norse Sagas, lies tranquil a few miles north of Gothenburg. Do not miss the village of Trollhättan and Trollhättan falls, where majestic waterfalls and dense forests will make you feel like you are in a natural paradise. You might even spot a moose in the forestry areas.

  • Put on your snowshoes and hike around Lake Vättern

There is nothing like walking around to get the real feel of what Swedish landscapes have to offer. Trails around Lake Vättern, the second largest lake in the country, stretching east of Gothenburg, are the perfect trail for a refreshing walk. And if winter gets very cold, you could also have the opportunity to skate on a natural skating rink, the lake itself!

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Best ideas for networking events and parties

Hotels in Gothenburg will not only get you well rested but most of them have also great spaces for networking events and parties equipped with everything you need to make your event a success. Hotels like the Hotel Riverton offer meeting and conference rooms for up to 600 delegates and can cater for any type of event. When making an enquiry, you will be assigned a personal conference co-ordinator who will put your mind at ease and help you set everything up.


There are many ways to create a unique event for your employees, customers, and potential customers. Hosting a business event is a great way to get in front of people and learn more about them at the same time. However, to achieve the most successful business event, there are some tips that may help you. Have a clear purpose and carry out an adequate preparation is the key. You also have to decide how many people you will invite and define the essence of the meeting – are you planning to create more of a sit-down environment? Or maybe a more freestyle and informal networking? –. Plan refreshments thoughtfully and keep them light and easy to eat.

  • Historic Attractions In Gothenburg

Some hotels, like the Hotel Riverton, are conveniently located nearby all the major attractions in the city. The Fish Church is just a five-minute stroll from the hotel. This historic landmark, built in 1874, was originally an auction place and a fish market. Today, it is home to seafood restaurants serving up dishes freshly caught from the sea. Another historic landmark is the Skansen Krona. This fortress dates back to 1687 and later on, it was used for emergency housing and as a prison. Currently, it is a military museum with war artifacts. In addition, you can capture the stunning panoramic view of the city from the Skansen Krona. You can further explore the city’s history and culture with a visit to the Haga historic district. Step back in time with its quaint wooden houses and cobblestoned streets with open-air markets, trendy cafes and chic boutiques.

  • More Fun Things To Do In Gothenburg

If you want to surprise your group you could take a ferry or cruise trip over to the Gothenburg Archipelago. These beautiful islands were once the location for duals during the Viking era. There are no cars, and the flat cliffs leading down to the water are picture-perfect for swimming and basking in the sun. Most of the cruise boats offer dining and entertainment on-board.

At Slottsskogen Park, there is plenty to do in Gothenburg’s shady forest. Visit the Natural History Museum, the Childrens Zoo or go off exploring the local and at times excotic flora and fauna. There are plenty of areas perfect for picknicks or just for a relaxing day in the sun. During the spring and summers the park is a popular venue for concerts, music festivals and art installations.

Find fun for all ages at the Liseberg Amusement Park. From thrilling roller-coasters and childrens’ rides to musical entertainment, this park has it all. From November every year, visitors can also enjoy the traditional Swedish Christmas market with winter activities and yummy treats, this will definitaley get you into the christmas spirit!

  • Shopping And Dining In Gothenburg

Kungsgatan is a long pedestrian street famous for its cafes, restaurants and shopping. There is a nice lineup of local and international brands along with vintage bookstores and jewelry shops. Avenyn is the city main street that spans from the water’s edge to Götaplatsen Square and is popular for its designer shops and restaurants. The city center is also home to the Gothenburg Museum of Art. Besides, in Saluhallen, there a variety of food stalls serving up freshly baked breads, regional cheeses and yummy pastries to satisfy those foodie taste buds.

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Romantic Weekend in Gothenburg

The small size of the city and its buzzing street life away from the hordes of tourists makes Gothenburg the perfect destination for romantic weekend getaways. The city is plenty of cozy cafés, stunning green parks and has probably the most delicious seafood on Earth. Indulge yourself and spend a weekend in Gothenburg, one of the most romantic places in Sweden!

  • Take A Walk

Gothenburg has plenty of beautiful sights and one of the best ways to experience them is by foot. Haga is a quaint and romantic neighborhood with lots of boutique shops, restaurants and cozy cafes. This charming quarter is one of the oldest in Gothenburg and the main pedestrian street, Haga Nygata, has well-preserved wooden houses, many of them of the characteristic country-governor style. Don’t miss Skansen Kronan, a fortress built in 1687 with a stunning 360 view of the city. After a pleasant stroll you and your partner can pamper yourself at Hagabadet Spa: established in 1876 they offer day spa and packages, all in beautiful baths mixed with original architecture. There are different hotels located near Haga, like Hotel Riverton, a beautifulfour star hotel located only a few minutes’ walk away. Near the hotel is also Magasingstan, the trendy neighbourhood famous for its shops, restaurants and bars, especially when the evening comes.

The archipelago of Gothenburg is one of the must-dos when coming to the city. There are over20 islands to discover in the archipelago, so you don´t need to travel far from the city to see beautiful landscapes, charming villages and stunning nature. Just jump on tram no.11 towards Saltholmen where the ferries to the south Archipelago depart all year around. At the Hotel Riverton you will enjoy the beautiful view of the Gothenburg harbour from its 12th floor. The Älvsnabben ferry is only a short walk from the hotel and it operates throughout the day and departs from Rosenlund, connecting the two sides of Göta Älv.

  • Cultural And Eco-Friendly Living

The Gothenburg Museum of Art is worth visiting. With three starts in Michelin’s Green Guide, it houses impressive art from the 15th century to today: it is home to some of the finest Nordic and international art collections. You will find masterpieces from Albert Edelfelt, Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso, among others.

After spending a cultural morning you can enjoy a picnic in one of the beautiful gardens and parks of Gothenburg. Slottsskogen is a 338-acre park on the south side of the city and, since 1874, the place for people of Gothenburg to relax, exercise or recreate. There you will find extensive grassed areas, sports facilities, a small zoo and every August the popular Way Out West Festival. Seminarieträdgården is also a good place for a stroll in the afternoon. It is home to over 100 year old orchards and regularly hosts modern art exhibitions in its garden. There are also many restaurants and cafes within the immediate vicinity of the park.

  • Food Experience: Welcome To The Capital Of Seafood And “Fika”!

Seafood is considered very seriously in Gothenburg due to the proximity of the city to the sea. In fact, the Feskekôrka‬, literally “fish church”, is an historic building from 1874 built as a fishmarket but now hosts several seafood restaurants and shops with fresh fish. The importance of seafood is expressed in festivities celebrating different seasons, like the crayfish party. It is a Swedish food fest commonly held any time from late July to early September to celebrate the end of the summer. As the name implies, it consists of eating lots of crayfish in company of friends and family.

You should not miss the opportunity to have a romantic dinner in one of the four Michelin star restaurants. It is quite unusual for a small city like Gothenburg to have so many stars and that is why the city is placed as a destination on the culinary world map. The restaurant 28+ is especially recommended for its reputation of having one of the finest wine cellars in Sweden.

You can also spend a wonderful evening with your partner in one of the many romantic restaurants in Gothenburg. The Toso is famous for its interpretation of the Asian cuisine. For a traditional and delicious cuisine Miss Sophie is one of the favorites, especially for their rotisserie grilled meat. Another top dining spot for spending a wonderful evening with your partner is theRiverton View Restaurant at Hotel Riverton. On the 12th floor of the hotel you and your partner will enjoy beautiful dishes with Swedish and Asian flavours whilst enjoying the beautiful views of Gothenburg harbour.

As the capital of “fika”, during your romantic weekend in Gothenburg you should experience this Swedish tradition. It consists in sitting down for a coffee and something sweet: the classic would be black coffee and a cinnamon bun. There are many cafés in the city where you can enjoy your “fika”, but Haga is probably the perfect neighborhood for it, with lots of cosy cafés, like the Café Husaren, set in a beautiful building and famous for its gigantic and delicious cinnamon buns.

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Ideas for your next group travel holidays in Gothenburg

The small size of the city and its buzzing street life away from the hordes of tourists makes Gothenburg the perfect destination for romantic weekend getaways. The city is plenty of cozy cafés, stunning green parks and has probably the most delicious seafood on Earth. Indulge yourself and spend a weekend in Gothenburg, one of the most romantic places in Sweden!

  • Take A Walk

Gothenburg has plenty of beautiful sights and one of the best ways to experience them is by foot. Haga is a quaint and romantic neighborhood with lots of boutique shops, restaurants and cozy cafes. This charming quarter is one of the oldest in Gothenburg and the main pedestrian street, Haga Nygata, has well-preserved wooden houses, many of them of the characteristic country-governor style. Don’t miss Skansen Kronan, a fortress built in 1687 with a stunning 360 view of the city. After a pleasant stroll you and your partner can pamper yourself at Hagabadet Spa: established in 1876 they offer day spa and packages, all in beautiful baths mixed with original architecture. There are different hotels located near Haga, like Hotel Riverton, a beautiful four star hotel located only a few minutes’ walk away. Near the hotel is also Magasingstan, the trendy neighbourhood famous for its shops, restaurants and bars, especially when the evening comes.

The archipelago of Gothenburg is one of the must-dos when coming to the city. There are over 20 islands to discover in the archipelago, so you don´t need to travel far from the city to see beautiful landscapes, charming villages and stunning nature. Just jump on tram no.11 towards Saltholmen where the ferries to the south Archipelago depart all year around. At the Hotel Riverton you will enjoy the beautiful view of the Gothenburg harbour from its 12th floor. The Älvsnabben ferry is only a short walk from the hotel and it operates throughout the day and departs from Rosenlund, connecting the two sides of Göta Älv.

  • Cultural And Eco-Friendly Living

The Gothenburg Museum of Art is worth visiting. With three starts in Michelin’s Green Guide, it houses impressive art from the 15th century to today: it is home to some of the finest Nordic and international art collections. You will find masterpieces from Albert Edelfelt, Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso, among others.

After spending a cultural morning you can enjoy a picnic in one of the beautiful gardens and parks of Gothenburg. Slottsskogen is a 338-acre park on the south side of the city and, since 1874, the place for people of Gothenburg to relax, exercise or recreate. There you will find extensive grassed areas, sports facilities, a small zoo and every August the popular Way Out West Festival. Seminarieträdgården is also a good place for a stroll in the afternoon. It is home to over 100 year old orchards and regularly hosts modern art exhibitions in its garden. There are also many restaurants and cafes within the immediate vicinity of the park.

  • Food Experience: Welcome To The Capital Of Seafood And “Fika”!

Seafood is considered very seriously in Gothenburg due to the proximity of the city to the sea. In fact, the Feskekôrka‬, literally “fish church”, is an historic building from 1874 built as a fishmarket but now hosts several seafood restaurants and shops with fresh fish. The importance of seafood is expressed in festivities celebrating different seasons, like the crayfish party. It is a Swedish food fest commonly held any time from late July to early September to celebrate the end of the summer. As the name implies, it consists of eating lots of crayfish in company of friends and family.

You should not miss the opportunity to have a romantic dinner in one of the four Michelin star restaurants. It is quite unusual for a small city like Gothenburg to have so many stars and that is why the city is placed as a destination on the culinary world map. The restaurant 28+ is especially recommended for its reputation of having one of the finest wine cellars in Sweden.

You can also spend a wonderful evening with your partner in one of the many romantic restaurants in Gothenburg. The Toso is famous for its interpretation of the Asian cuisine. For a traditional and delicious cuisine Miss Sophie is one of the favorites, especially for their rotisserie grilled meat. Another top dining spot for spending a wonderful evening with your partner is the Riverton View Restaurant at Hotel Riverton. On the 12th floor of the hotel you and your partner will enjoy beautiful dishes with Swedish and Asian flavours whilst enjoying the beautiful views of Gothenburg harbour.

As the capital of “fika”, during your romantic weekend in Gothenburg you should experience this Swedish tradition. It consists in sitting down for a coffee and something sweet: the classic would be black coffee and a cinnamon bun. There are many cafés in the city where you can enjoy your “fika”, but Haga is probably the perfect neighborhood for it, with lots of cosy cafés, like the Café Husaren, set in a beautiful building and famous for its gigantic and delicious cinnamon buns.

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Gothenburg: an expression of its history with the sea

Blame the Dutch, whose expertise in building up cities on marshland propelled the typical “canal town” urban organization of the city, when they were contracted to set the foundations of the western commercial settlement the kingdom needed.

Or blame the Swedish East India Company, a belated but successful intent to establish commercial ties with the far East. Enormous sailing ships would cross the seas to buy seeds, spices, ornamental articles and porcelain to satisfy the noble’s most fashionable desires in the 18th century.

One can even place the guilt upon some of the biggest and most important shipbuilding companies in the world until the 1970s, such as Eriksbergs Mekaniska Verkstad: due to an amazing profitability during World War II, which fostered great growth and recognition all over Sweden, working at this shipbuilding company became widely renowned as a “status job” in Gothenburg.

Or could one set aside the prominence of the second largest port in the Nordic countries? More than 11,000 ships per year pay a visit to the municipally owned harbour, which serves more than 140 destinations around the globe.

If you are still wondering how tight Gothenburg’s ties are to the sea, your only chance is to visit, watch and smell how water, canals, ships, docks and shores penetrate into the city’s daily life.

Be inspired by a gentle cruise along the historic center’s canals, lined with picturesque coloured houses.

Take your maritime knowledge to the next level by visiting the Maritime Museum, drenched in history and technical wonders of the naval world.

Visit the world’s largest wooden sailing ship to get a real insight of what it meant to be part of the expeditions that travelled all the way to China to bring back tons of spices and ornaments.

Or enjoy the majestic deployment of yachts that will touch Gothenburg coast in June 2015, competing in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Still not convinced? Then your palate may change your mind: Gothenburg offers some of the most tasteful sea food in Northern Europe, with outstanding restaurants facing the water. A way to feel the sea outside and inside.
Discover Gothenburg, discover a history of the sea.

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Gothenburg: city life along the river

There are many reasons why the city of Gothenburg attracts. The food, the cafés and the culture, but one thing that might be a bit forgotten is its maritime heritage. Its location on the Swedish west coast, right where the salty sea meets the river Göta Älv, creates a particular maritime ambience that extends along the city and penetrates into the city’s daily life.

  • Maritime Heritage

The harbour of Gothenburg is the second largest port in Northern Europe and has more than 11,000 ships visits annually from 140 destinations around the world. The history of the port life and its relation with the city has left a mark in the city and without doubt, Gothenburg is charmingly different by the sea. There are plenty of activities related with boating and sea life that marks the annual agenda of the city.

Wishing to enjoy the maritime taste of the city? If you are thinking about nature and the fresh ocean breeze, you should take a ferry from the city centre and get lost in one of the 20 islands of the Archipelago. Visitors to the archipelago will be delighted by stunning landscapes, charming villages and delicious food.

If you prefer to take a deeper look of the world’s oceans you can visit the Maritime Museum and the Aquarium. Get stunned with the Nordic and tropical fascinating sea life and learn the secrets of the 400 years of Swedish shipping, including stories and objects from the port city of Gothenburg. The admission to the Maritime Museum and the Aquarium is included with theGöteborg City Card. The museum also offers activities for the whole family, historical guided tours and a small maritime-themed shop. In addition, visitors can enjoy one of the best view points of the port on the Gripsholm reading room.

  • Skeppsbron: Where The Sea Meets The City

Gothenburg has also plans for expanding the city on the south bank of the river with its new urban development project in the area of Skeppsbron. The city’s vision for the area is to become Gothenburg’s new meeting place by the river with quicker transport connections from the city centre to some of the largest islands in the archipelago.

The new developments include a new promenade alongside the river and 30 000 square meters for shops, restaurants and offices. This area has an exciting and great potential due to its close proximity both to the river and city centre.

  • Seafood

Seafood has an unquestionable importance in the Gothenburg culinary scene and is part of its maritime heritage. In fact, the city takes its seafood so seriously that the main market is placed in an ecclesiastical building, known as the Fish Church or Feskekôrka. Spots for having lunch or fika extends along the river and Gothenburg residents’ crowd along the river when the sun is warm and the weather conditions allow.

Gothenburg also offers a lot of good restaurants with delicious seafood, one of the emblems of the local gastronomy. The city is one the best places to enjoy all the culinary variety of the Swedish cuisine and what is for sure is that seafood lovers will never be bored in Gothenburg.

In addition, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from when it comes to a dinner or lunch overlooking the sea. View Skybar & Restaurant is one of the best options, located on the 12th floor of Hotel Riverton, it offers local and international cuisine with spectacular views of the Gothenburg harbour.

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Gothenburg for foodies: explore the swedish cuisine

Gothenburg is a tasteful destination and one of the best representations of the Swedish cuisine. The city offers all the culinary variety you can imagine: from gourmet dining restaurants to street food, trendy eateries and food trucks. What is for sure is that foodies will never be bored on Gothenburg. Get inside the experience of Swedish taste sensations!

  • Gourmet experience and affordable dining

In Gothenburg you will find many restaurants with a passion for local gastronomy. The options are endless, but all have one common mission: to ensure a perfect dining experience in Gothenburg.

Gothenburg’s foodie scene has grown during the past years: plenty of restaurants have been opened by young chefs that constitute to a new and exciting culinary generation. The city is a great showcase of the modern Swedish cuisine. Thus, Gothenburg was awarded in 2012 as the Culinary Capital of Sweden in recognition of its quality and fresh natural produce and reinforcing its status as the culinary city of Northern Europe.

This reputation as a gourmet destination has been earned thanks to the six Michelin star restaurants in Gothenburg. Despite its small size, Gothenburg has firmly been placed as a top destination on the culinary world map. These six Michelin star restaurants are part of the “Taste of Gothenburg”, an association composed by 46 restaurants with the aim to strengthen Gothenburg’s restaurant scene. The list of restaurants includes a great variety, from first class restaurants as the one Michelin star Restaurang 28+ to affordable fine dining options as the Riverton View Skybar & Restaurant, located on the 12th floor of Hotel Riverton and offering a Swedish/Asian fusion combined with stunning panoramic views over Gothenburg and the harbour.
Of course, in Gothenburg, food and design live in perfect harmony together. Here you can find a selection of restaurants, from the finest to the more affordable, where both the food and interior décor are worth a visit.

  • Street food markets and food trucks

There is a new way of enjoying the Swedish taste that is gaining multiple followers thanks to the food trucks and street food places that have blossomed across the city. The foodie fever finds its exponent in Gothenburg, with a lot of places with great food on four wheels. In the food trucks that can be found across the city you can find multiple tastes, from vegetarian, Ethiopian dishes to burgers, Mexican or Asian food. Other trucks also offer traditional Swedish and inexpensive food, such as Strömmingsluckan, placed in Magasinsgatan and where you can enjoy the local specialty, fried herring, a classic fish dish with pan fried breaded herring with potato mash and lingon-berries.

Make sure not to miss Stora Saluhallen in your culinary experience, a unpretentious, lively market located in the centre of Gothenburg. It is the biggest indoor market of the city and here you can find around forty shops and places to eat.

Feskekôrka is also a must visit in Gothenburg: a market hall dedicated to fish and placed in a chapel-like building. Actually its name says it all, which literally translated means “fish church”. Here seafood lovers will be delighted with freshly-caught local seafood shops and restaurants.

You can also enjoy the best Swedish cuisine in the different events and festivals dedicated to the food that take place in Gothenburg during the year. The Global Picnic Food Festival is one of the upcoming festivals: from 22nd-23rd August the Kanaltorget square will become a food market with exciting dishes from around the world.

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Architecture in Gothenburg, an advocate of swedish architecture

When planning a visit to Gothenburg, don't miss the magnificent architecture throughout the city. Gothenburg ranks as the second largest city in Sweden and possesses the world’s most uniquely designed buildings. These buildings have been designed by architects such as Jan Izikowitz, Gert Wingardh, Victor von Gegerfeldt and Erik Dahlbergh. 

Hotel Riverton is one of Gothenburg’s popular hotels for travelers looking to stay close to many of Gothenburg’s attractions. This hotel provides a spectacular view of the Gothenburg architecture situated along the harbor. Some of these attractions include those located in the Haga District as well as retail shops and cafes, which are lined along Kungsgatan (King Street).

  • Historical and Modern Day Buildings

Gothenburg architecture includes the opera house, museums, the town hall, the concert hall, the fish market hall known as the Fish Church (Feskakyrkan) and an array of houses that exemplify the history that Gothenburg continues to treasure. When you’re ready to venture out on your city tour, watch for the beautiful designs of Sweden architecture, including these unique structures.

The Feskekorka - Built in the late 19th century, especially for the fishermans wifes so that they could sell the catch inside away from cold winter climate -  this building is now the primary location for seafood lovers. Still functioning as a fish market, you can enjoy a nice lunch if you’re in the mood for a fish entrée or purchase your favorite seafood to cook later.

Götaplatsen - This area is the central location for several notable historical attractions such as the Gothenburg Museum of Art, which houses various collections by Carl Larsson, Anders Zorn and Edvard Munch. The City Theatre also draws attention with its Backa Threatre, Stora Scen venue and spacious auditorium.

The Gothenburg Opera House - Located in the Lilla Bommen harbor, this building was constructed with a post-modernist design. The building has the seating capacity of 1,301 guests and has an expansive platform that accommodates a variety of theatrical and musical events

•The Lipstick at Lilla Bommen - This building is one of the tallest buildings in Gothenburg, located at the Lilla Bommen port. Referred to as “The Lipstick,” this building also resembles a stack of Legos with its red and white block-like features. Whilst only around 86 metres tall it is impressive due to the clay bog foundations Gothenburg sits upon The Lipstick is actually held up by 90 metre metal pillars. It is open daily during the summer and every weekend the rest of the year to allow visitors a tremendous view over the Gothenburg harbor and archipelago.

Gothenburg Town Hall - This historical landmark is well known for its late 17th century Gothenburg architecture, which also embodies contemporary amenities. Tourists are welcome to explore the cultural artifacts in the arts and crafts center or attend a performance in the concert hall. 

  • Reasons to Consider Touring Gothenburg Buildings

Sweden architecture is something to behold. These buildings tell a story of their own through their construction dates, original purpose and location. Whether you’re visiting Gothenburg for the first or second time, these buildings will grab your attention.

Overall, Gothenburg is a delightful city to visit any time during the year, but Sweden architecture is a major highlight. Although Gothenburg’s cultural and entertainment venues draw tourists to various events, Gothenburg’s buildings draw many visitors because of their amazing designs.

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