Goteborg

The most attractive urban landscape in Sweden
The meandering Rosenlundkanalen
The Trädgårdsföreningen park

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Goteborg

Relaxed elegance

Of all the cities of southern Sweden, the largest is the western port of Göteborg, which you can see from the ship during your MSC cruise of Northern Europe.
 
Built by the Dutch in 1621, Göteborg has splendid neo-classic architecture, a number of parks peppered with sculptures and a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. The urban landscape comprising wide avenues, elegant squares, trams and canals, is not only one of the most attractive in Sweden, but is also the backdrop of the biggest Scandinavian airport, making Göteborg a cosmopolitan destination.

The best way to start an excursion is to cruise along the city’s canals to then reach the old quarter. Enclosed by the Göta river to the north and the meandering Rosenlundkanalen to the south, the streets of the historic centre are flanked by majestic facades, interesting markets and a couple of museums worth visiting, like the exceptional Stadsmuseum and the Maritiman, next to the port, which displays a host of nautical exhibits.

When you cross the canal that runs along the border of the historic centre, you come to Trädgårdsföreningen park which fills with multi-coloured flowers in the summer, making it a favourite location for a picnic. As you continue southwards, towards the modern centre, you will come to Avenyn, the avenue with the flashy bars and restaurants. At one end of the Avenyn, is the modern Götaplatsen, the city’s main square in the centre of which rises Carl Milles’ Poseidon: a huge, bronze bodybuilder with an incredibly fierce expression.

Must see places in Goteborg

  • Masthugget Church

    Masthugget Church

  • Poseidon Statue in the city centre

    Poseidon Statue in the city centre

  • StyrsöI Island

    StyrsöI Island

Discover our excursions

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  • PANORAMIC TOUR OF GOTHENBURG

    CITY TOUR

    GTB05

    This quick tour of Gothenburg will take you to see the major sights of Sweden’s second-largest city. Beginning at Gustav Adolf Square, your guide will relate the history of the city and the significance of the canals for its economy as a trade centre. After a short drive along the harbour, the tour calls at the Klippan cultural heritage site with its old working quarters for navvies and sailors. Also on the itinerary are a visit to Masthugget Church, which dates back to 1914 and stands atop a hill affording splendid views of the landscape below. The last leg of the tour will take you to the city centre, its parks – including the famous Poseidon statue by Carl Milles – and will conclude by taking you past the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, the Scandinavium indoor events and sports arena as well as the Ullevi football stadium, home to “The Angels”, the local football team. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        2:30 h

      • Adults$52.00Price per person

      • Children$39.00Price per person

    • MARSTRAND & CARLSTEN FORTRESS

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      GTB01

      After meeting your guide, you will head north along the coastal road to Marstrand, which is situated on the island of Marstrandsön and has held city status since the 13th century despite its diminutive size. This summer paradise offers a wide range of beaches, unspoiled landscape and perfect conditions for numerous outdoor activities. You will have a chance to stroll through the streets of this pretty little “city”, admire the charming houses and soak up the cosy atmosphere of this special place. Among the town’s highlights, the 19th-century building where King Oscar II held many festivities is particularly worthy of mention. In the past, Marstrand used to be a naval base of the Western Swedish Fleet. The town is protected by Carlsten Fort on the highest spot on the island, which was built at the behest of King Carl Gustav X and completed in 1860. A visit to the fort will give you a chance to enjoy breathtaking views of the archipelago from the top of the tower. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be n English only. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$99.00Price per person

        • Children$72.00Price per person

      • ARCHIPELAGO TOUR

        SCENIC ROUTE

        GTB02

        This tour takes you northwards along the coastal route to the city of Kungälv, the place where three famous Scandinavian kings are said to have met in the year 1100. From here, the tour will continue on to the charming Västra Gatan, while your guide will entertain you with dramatic stories about the region’s past history, its kings and their battles. En route, you will also pass through a number of small fishing communities and have a chance to stroll around in one of them – Skärholmen where you can learn more about how the fishermen used to live – it is a place where people have not changed their way of life much over the course of time. Your guide will tell you more about the history and typical architecture of Sweden’s traditional bohus houses. The last stop on the tour before returning to port is Skärhamn where you will have a short stop to admire this cozy town. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only.
        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$79.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      • PANORAMIC TOUR OF GOTHENBURG & THE WATERWAYS

        SCENIC ROUTE

        GTB03

        This introductory tour of Gothenburg begins at Gustav Adolf Square, where your guide will tell you about the history of the city and the significance of the canals to Gothenburg as a trade centre. The tour itinerary includes the Slottskogen park at the centre of Gothenburg, the famous Poseidon statue sculpted by Carl Milles as well as Avenyn, Gothenburg’s grand avenue of shops, pubs and cafés. The tour will also take you past the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre as well as the Scandinavium indoor events and sports arena. Your tour then continues with a pleasure boat cruise along Gothenburg’s famous canals, which will show you the city and its parks from a completely new perspective. After this relaxing conclusion to your introductory tour of Gothenburg, you will return to your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements. The boat has no roof so participants should take appropriate wear.
        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$92.00Price per person

        • Children$69.00Price per person

      • PANORAMIC TOUR OF GOTHENBURG & THE UNIVERSEUM SCIENCE
        CENTRE

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        GTB04

        This tour is a perfect opportunity to see the main sights of Gothenburg and the famous Universeum Science Centre. The panoramic tour will take you past Gustav Adolf Square, then along the harbour to the cultural heritage centre of Klippan, a historically important district of Gothenburg. Your guide will provide you with information on the old working quarters of navvies and sailors. You will also have a chance to see the famous Poseidon statue sculpted by Carl Milles, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and the Scandinavium indoor events and sports arena. The tour then continues with a visit to the Universeum, the Swedish national science centre with a host of attractions for the whole family. Experience a real rainforest climate with attractions such as the piranha river, the anaconda swamp or the spider cave, get up close and personal with aquatic life as you walk through an underwater tunnel or view the two scientific departments of “Kalejdo” and “Explora” where research into sounds and colours is currently being carried out. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Guests will visit the Universeum individually choosing the parts of the venue they like the most. Only cameras without a flash are allowed inside the tropical jungle section of the venue; this part of the venue is very warm and humid. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$99.00Price per person

        • Children$72.00Price per person

      • THE UNDERGROUND FORTRESS OF GOTHENBURG

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        GTB06

        After founding Gothenburg in the early 17th century, Gustavus Adolphus II – the king who put Sweden on the map as a potent military power during the Thirty Years’ War – also had a series of bastions built to protect the city from possible invaders. Nowadays, the only one that remains is the Carolus XI Rex bastion, your destination on this enjoyable exploration of a hidden city gem. A 30-minute coach ride from the pier begins the tour, after which you’ll step back in time as you walk through the underground complex. Medieval torches serve to create atmospheric lighting and your guide will provide information about Swedish life in the 17th century. To add to your enjoyment of the visit, you’ll also be served a glass of sparkling wine, a perfect 21st-century counterpoint to the old fortress. Your return drive to the pier and your ship then brings your tour to a close. Please note: as the tour involves longer periods of walking on uneven ground and in enclosed spaces, it is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or claustrophobia and using a wheelchair. Limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only.
        • Limited seats

        • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

          Difficulty Level
          Strenuous

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$125.00Price per person

        • Children$89.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

       

      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Sweden

      Luxuriant woods and boundless spaces
      Luxuriant woods and boundless spaces

      A holiday to Sweden will show you principally a land of forests and lakes. Its towns and cities are small by European standards and are mostly located in the southern third of the country, where the majority of Swedes live.

      Of its cities, serenely beautiful Stockholm is supreme. Sitting elegantly on fourteen different islands, where the waters of Lake Mälaren meet the Baltic Sea, the city boasts some fantastic architecture, fine museums and by far the best culture and nightlife in the country.

      The 24,000 islands which comprise the Stockholm archipelago are a perfect antidote to the urban bustle, offering endless opportunities to explore unspoilt island villages and to go swimming.
      On the west coast, Gothenburg, the country’s second city, is another of Sweden’s most appealing destinations. Gothenburgers have a reputation for being among the friendliest people in Sweden, and the city’s network of canals and spacious avenues is reminiscent of Amsterdam, whose architects designed it.

      During an MSC Northern Europe cruise to Sweden you will discover that the south is the most cosmopolitan part of the country, owing to the proximity of Denmark and the rest of the European continent, and home to the glorious ancient university seat of Lund, while nearby Malmö, Sweden’s third city, heaves with youthful nightlife around its medieval core.

       
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