Modern, sleek and fashionable, Gothenburg on Sweden's west coast is the perfect example of a Nordic city. The second largest centre in Sweden, behind the capital Stockholm, the port city represents an important economic hub for the region - linking closely to Denmark to the west and Norway to the north. While Sweden is well known as a cold country, especially during the winter, Gothenburg's position on the Göta älv river ensures consistent temperatures throughout the seasons - making the city an ideal starting point for a Swedish adventure.
As you fly into Gothenburg Landvetter Airport, you'll see many of the original buildings from this time, as well as the modern Swedish structures that stand proudly across the horizon.
After landing, the easy to navigate terminals allow a quick exit out to the multi-storey car parks where the all the major car rental companies are located. When it comes to organising a rental car at Gothenburg Airport, there’s a simple way to get the best deal every time, book early and in advance of your arrival
Pre-booking your rental car not only helps to make the pick-up process smooth and easy it also works for the hip pocket too with cheaper rates. Last minute walk-up bookings are rarely discounted and vehicle availability is likely to be more limited particularly during peak holiday seasons. With no upfront payment and no booking fees, you’ll save money, stress and be on the road to Gothenburg and beyond more quickly.
Since the closure of Gothenburg City Airport in late 2015, the city is only serviced by Gothenburg Landvetter Airport which is located 20 kilometres to the southeast. With 90 non-stop routes and five million passengers each year, the airport is a key hub for travel across Scandinavia. Unlike most major airports, you can actually take a guided two-hour tour around Gothenburg Landvetter if you are ever curious to see how a working airport operates. From the back of the main terminal building and VIP room to learning about the history of the airport, these tours are perfect for all ages.
Gothenburg is part of the Vastra Gotaland County, a collection of regions that stretch north to Norway. Underpinned by stunning lakes, dense forestland and coastline, Gothenburg was built with access to both land and sea - highlighting its place as one of the premium locations in Sweden.
Of course, while Vastra Gotaland County is relatively young, the city itself dates back hundreds of years. Founded by King Gustavus Adolphus in 1621 as a strategic gateway to the North Sea, Gothenburg's history, architecture and formation were heavily influenced by several countries including The Netherlands, Germany and Scotland - who all spent time designing its framework. In fact, the Dutch held control of Gothenburg until 1652 when Sweden won political power.
With a rental car, your adventure to Gothenburg can be so much wider than the central city. While you should make a point of stopping at The Goteborg Opera House, Gunnebo House, Poseidon at Gotaplatsen and Gothia Towers, there is certainly more to see outside the city limits. Here are a couple of great options.
Billdalsbadet - Located south of Gothenburg on the 158, Billdalsbadet is a beautiful seaside town with a lovely sandy beach and bathing platform. Perfect for a road trip in summer, you are able to take a dip in the temperate ocean before sunning yourself on the beach. The small town is also home to many Swedish restaurants showcasing the fresh seafood on offer.
Bohus Fortress - In the village of Vedbacka, north of the city on the E6, stands one of Sweden's greatest secrets - Bohus Fortress. The 700-year-old structure is a remnant of Nordic times with the fortress preventing no less than 14 invasions. Explore it for yourself and pretend you are the king or queen of the castle!
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