Saturday, 18 October 2014

Things To Do In Gothenburg, Sweden

Hello ladies and gents,

It's been a while, I apologise. Things are currently super busy in the life of Hinde. New job, new living situation, new city - it's all kicking off (in a truly excellent way)! Anyways, I thought I'd share the goss with you guys about our relatively recent trip to Sweden. Enjoy...

Gothenburg is a beautiful city, and one you can get to for SUPER cheap - in fact the flights are probably cheaper than a Virgin train ticket from Manchester to London. No really. After seeing return flights to Gothenburg for £50 each, I decided to book a weekend break in the Swedish city.

We stayed in the Radisson Blu Riverside hotel, which is a very modern, block-like building on the other side of the river. It's a gorgeous hotel (inside and out) with a rooftop spa on the top floor where you can chill out in a jacuzzi and look out over the city with a glass of wine in your hand (of course). It's also next to Gothenburg University, so it's a very trendy area with bars, restaurants and plenty of studenty-types. The rooms are also snazzy central.

The hotel's restaurant The Cuckoo's Nest is a lovely place to go for dinner and the decor is super quirky too. See below for proof...

During our stay, we decided to venture out of the city for the day. We hopped on a boat to one of the many surrounding islands in the southern Archipelago. The all-day public transport tickets in Sweden are really reasonable price-wise and one ticket gets you on buses, trams, boats - you name it.

We visited this beautiful, yet very quiet, island called Styrso and just spent the day wandering around, eating ice cream and laughing at the signs which say 'Privat Vag'. As you do.

One of Gothenburg's main attractions is the Liseberg theme park which is in the middle of the city - pretty strange as usually theme parks are built on the outskirts of towns and cities. Anyway, from our hotel we hopped on the Swedish equivalent of London's 'Boris bikes' and cycled to the park which took 20 minutes. I won't go into much detail about our time at the theme park, as I went on one ride called Helix and then was very ill afterwards - it was the most horrendous ride EVER. If you love rides then chances are you'll have a whale of a time at Liseberg. However if, like me, you're a wuss and can't hack having your stomach jerked around all over the place then I'd advise against it. 

In other news, the best eatery of the holiday was, without a doubt, a restaurant and winebar called Somm. The food was incredible. Like Michelin star kind of incredible.

Finally, the shopping situation in Gothenburg is pretty special. Scandinavian fashion is totally on point and really reasonably priced, too - hello H&M, Monki and COS. If you want to go and spend some moolah on half decent clobber then G-burg is the place to be.

Have you been to Gothenburg before? What did you get up to?


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