Göteborg / Gothenburg

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I’m sitting on the slowest train ever (I’m currently in Italy) and I just heard a girl speaking Swedish. Her accent is clearly from Göteborg (or Gothenburg in English) and it reminded me of the great time I had there in August. Göteborg is Sweden’s largest city after Stockholm and I traveled there with my best friend. I spent one week in Göteborg and also, in this case, it was an extremely low-cost trip: 25€ per ticket! We didn’t go to any hostel this time since (sorry, again) hostels in Sweden tend to be expensive if not booked with some months in advance. This time, we tried Airbnb, a great alternative to “usual” accommodations. We didn’t pay more than 15€ per night and our apartment was incredible. The host is a photographer and has traveled a lot, he clearly has got an eye for design.

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WHAT’S EMBLEMATIC?

  • LISEBERG PARK

This amusement park is the most famous in Sweden and it’s also the biggest one in the whole Scandinavian peninsula. If you’re brave enough, you should try the tallest fall ride in Europe, called “AtmosFear”. Liseberg is perfect for both children and adults, especially in summer. The park is open every day from May to August (with some exceptions though) and in December it hosts a Christmas market. I need to go there in December, I love Christmas markets!

  • BOTANICAL GARDEN

The best place to visit on sunny days! If you’re interested in science, nature or even if you’re actually not so fond of gardens… you will love Gothenburg’s botanical gardens. The ideal itinerary to getting there would be: a visit to the Museum of Natural history, a walk through the most beautiful park I’ve ever seen and then a couple of hours at the trädgården.
The entrance is free, though I would recommend leaving at least some coins at the entrance in order to help the city keep this gem as beautiful as it is. I’d also recommend a fika at AnyDay (more info here), 3 minutes walking from the entrance. Here you can see some pictures I took there. The view, if you get to the top, is breathtaking!

 

 

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  • UNIVERSEUM

It doesn’t matter how old you are, Universeum is worth a visit! It’s basically science made fun for all ages. My favorite section was the one dedicated to the rainforest (Regnskogen) because it really felt like being in a real one. Monkeys and all the other animals seemed to live happily and freely. Honestly, this is just an impression that I had, since I can’t tell if this is 100% true or if there are things that I don’t know. The Ocean zone is my second favorite and I happened to be there while a shark was being fed… amazing! It takes at least four hours to visit Universeum and the price is 250 SEK for adults and 195 SEK below age 16. There are reductions for families and the price actually varies according to the season, so it’s better to check this page.

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FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

This was the 6th time to Sweden and again on a budget. So I avoided restaurants, except on Fredagstaco (which is an interesting custom in Sweden and moreover in Norway). ICA (a supermarket chain) was my only option in Göteborg. Same for accommodation: Airbnb is something that I should use more.

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PÅ SVENSKA:

Göteborg är L I V L I G. Musik verkar vara viktigt här och jag hade intrycket att vara i en ung stad. Kanske tenderar göteborgarna att vara mer öppna med turister, men jag får inte säga det ännu för jag behöver att resa lite mer till Sverige och lära känna mer svenskar. Hoppas jag kan göra det snart igen! Tack Göteborg, du var helt fantastisk!

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Post-scriptum tip: I bought the tickets through http://www.ryanair.com/

A Weekend in Copenhagen

 

 

 

And here’s the first article about one of the cutest cities in Scandinavia: Copenhagen or København in Danish. Tickets with Ryanair are extremely cheap, so that’s the best way to travel to this lovely capital. It’s even cheaper to get there with the train (of course it depends on where you are from, I left from Stockholm) and I found a very good deal. Stockholm-Copenhagen with a fast train departing at 5 am for 199kr (20€). Can you believe it? If you’re traveling from Sweden,  you can purchase the tickets here.

After arriving in Copenhagen in the morning, I followed a sheep to find a hostel (if you’ll be in Copenhagen you will know what I mean) and I spent two nights at Sleep in Heaven, located in Nørrebro. This hostel was amazing, you can stay there for less than 25€, the dormitories are clean and the staff is so helpful and welcoming! Plus there is a lounge/common area with huge pillows that really suggest you the idea to be sleeping in heaven.

 

 

 

WHAT’S EMBLEMATIC?

The first thing that might come into your mind is The Little Mermaid statue at the Langelinie. Den lille Havfrue was inspired by the famous fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. It’s not like the biggest statue you will see since it’s just 1,25 meters tall and you need to walk a little bit to get there, but it’s absolutely worth it! The statue was a donation by Carl Jacobsen, who commissioned the sculptor Edvard Eriksen. Eriksen asked his wife to pose for the statue and finally completed it in 1913. By the way, Carl Jacobsen can be considered a national hero since he’s the brewer of Carlsberg beer.

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AMALIENBORG

Amalienborg is a group of four palaces where the Danish royal family currently lives since 1794. Every day at 12 o’clock you can watch the Changing the Guard ceremony and if there’s a band playing along it means that Her Majesty is currently at home.

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CHRISTIANIA

Christiania is a place on its own. It’s a self-governed free town founded in 1971 basically by a hippy community, famous for an unregulated use of light drugs, but heavy drugs are severely forbidden. There’s no police nor cars, and visitors are allowed only if they don’t take pictures or harm people and things within the free town. So, unfortunately, I don’t have anything to show you, so it means that you will need to go there personally. It’s colorful, there’s music everywhere and people seem to be very happy there!

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FOOD

Smørrebrød! You MUST try this amazing “sandwich” (it’s not really a sandwich, but it’s the quickest way to define it). It’s not very expensive for Danish standards, but 80 kr for a delicious smørrebrød is well worth it! My absolute favorite restaurant in Copenhagen is Kronborg, located in Brolæggertræde 12, in the city center. It was so delicious that I actually couldn’t take pictures because I was so busy eating. But you can take a look at this Smørrebrød that I ate elsewhere.

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WHAT IS ESSENTIAL IF I WANT TO TRAVEL TO COPENHAGEN?

Since Denmark is very rainy, the essential item that you will need to bring with you is a windbreaker. And forget umbrellas, it’s windy too! But if you’re lucky, the weather can be a nice, warm surprise. But always bring something to cover you up in case it gets worse!

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED:

  • Take a boat tour, it’s an amazing opportunity to visit the city from a different point of view.

 

 

 

  • Some hostels (like Sleep in Heaven) or companies offer free guided tours of the city
  • If you want a breathtaking view of Copenhagen, go to the Tower in Christiansborg palace, it’s free.

 

 

 

  • Some museums are free on certain days of the week, for instance, the Glyptoteket is free on Tuesday

I’m 100% sure you will love this city!

Jeg har aldrig studeret dansk, men det er nemmere at skrive, når du allerede taler et andet skandinavisk sprog. Men det er svært at forstå. Danmark er nok det lykkeligste land i verden på grund af den danske livsstil. Hvad ville du forvente i en sådan ren og sikker by?

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