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. Aft
      • 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 bea
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$89.00Price per person

        • Children$62.00Price 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
        • Limited seats

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

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$72.00Price per person

        • Children$52.00Price 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 ce
        • Limited seats

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

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$85.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price 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
        • Limited seats

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

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$89.00Price per person

        • Children$62.00Price 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. Nowada
        • 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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