There is so much to discover, see and do around the hotel, most of which within walking distance.
We have put together a selection of activities that are suitable for the whole family as well as anyone who wants to do things on their own. Make sure to read all about our exciting history before planning your day!
If you are a group of 10 people or over, there are a number of activities to choose from!
Tours leave from the hotel on weekends and take you on a fun and interesting ninety-minute journey through time in Gothenburg. You book a car and choose who will drive. An entertaining guide rides at the head of the column, microphone at the ready.
Read about our Volvo PV tours here
Please note that the cars are fitted with four seatbelts of classic car standard (not inertia-reel seatbelts). The tours are best for slightly older children of around seven years and over. Booster seats are available for children.
We are all about the history
That’s why we want you to try our App, where you can learn more about the history of the neighbourhood and at the same time take a nice walk.
We focus upon three time periods: the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries and the old Älvsborg fortress; the eighteenth century and the East India Company’s trade with China; and the nineteenth century’s industrial epoch, with the old Carnegie factory and its production of sugar and porter.
At the same time it is a treasure hunt were the goal is to find letters that in the end will spell out a word. This will suit you if you just want a nice walk, as well as a fun activity for the whole family or conference group.
All you need is a cellphone and a Treasure hunt tag that is available at the front desk.
The treasure hunt will take around 45-60 minutes and is about 2 km.
Ps. you will also have the chance to win a breakfast for 2 at a Best Western of your choice
Go on a cycle tour. Outside the hotel there is a great cycle trail that runs along the Göta Älv, heading either in the direction of central Gothenburg or to the cliffs and sea. We have a number of women’s and men’s bikes for riders of all sizes, and we lend these out free of charge to our guests during the summer. Helmets are, of course, included. Why not take a picnic bag with you? Not far from the hotel there are some lovely cliffs where you can sit and take in a fantastic view over the river and harbour entrance. Picnic bags are on sale during breakfast hours.
Summer months only.
Experience exhibitions and performances by contemporary artists from Sweden and abroad at Röda Sten Konsthall. The gallery, which extends over four floors, features everything from paintings and photography to performances, video and sound art. New exhibitions appear regularly. Take a short stroll along the water to visit this art gallery, set in the former boiler house of the old Carnegie Brewery! There is also a programme of activities for kids.
To find out more about the gallery, visit Röda Sten Konsthall’s website
Only ten minutes’ walk from the hotel lies Mariaplan – a down-to-earth area in the heart of Majorna with a strong local feel!
Around Mariaplan there are top-class restaurants, cosy cafés, craft studios, a wading pool, allotments and playgrounds where you can take a stroll.
Restaurant and café recommendations:
Enoteca Maglia, Tapasbaren Majorna, Ölstugan Tullen Majorna
Materia (café), Kafé Marmelad (café), What’s the Deli (café)
Sweden’s oldest zoological park. Visit the seal pool, the penguins, elk and the Children’s Zoo. There are also cafés and large lawns – ideal for picnics. Plikta, Slottsskogen’s large playground, is great for children of all ages. Cycle, play, barbecue or take part in one of the activities held in the afternoons. There is a mini golf course nearby, as well as lovely cafés.
Slottsskogen is within walking distance of the hotel, and the park is open 24 hours a day. Entry is free.
Read more about Slottsskogen here
Take a day trip out to Älvsborg fortress or take the Älvsnabben ferry into town and discover Gothenburg from the water. The stop by the hotel is called Klippans färjeläge.
Visit vasttrafik.se for information on times and prices.
All aboard the beautiful the ship M/S Lady Ellen for a historic day sailing out to the New Älvsborg fortress. Enjoy a lunch at sea before taking a historical tour among the cannons and dungeons. The ship departs from Eriksberg, only 5 minutes from the hotel with Älvsnabben. The Swedish West Coast Line also takes you on a boat trip to traditional ‘Dancing on Brännö jetty’, with shrimp and all the trimmings, musical entertainment and of course dancing on the Brännö jetty.
Prices from SEK 495.
Read more about Swedish West Coast Line here.
Next to the West Coast Line is the East Indiaman Gothenburg. Come on board to experience captivating stories, knot courses and feel what it was like to be on the profitable trading trips to China in the 18th century. The ship is a copy of the original and was rebuilt in 1993 using traditional tools and construction methods. The area around the hotel used to be of major importance for Ostindiska Kompaniet – the Swedish East India Company. Book a guided tour to hear the full story.
Price from SEK 120.
Read more about The East Indiaman Gothenburg here.
An easy tram journey from here to Salthomen takes you straight to where the boats depart for the archipelago islands, with excellent bathing spots, lovely walks and beautiful island scenery. Why not take a picnic basket with you (which we will help you to prepare) and visit Brännö, an island steeped in myth.
Explore life both above and beneath the water, and learn more about the animals and history of the sea, as well as of the region.
Read more about activities, opening hours and prices on the Maritime Museum & Aquarium’s website.
What could be more Gothenburg than a morning at the fishing harbour?
Right next to the hotel you will find Gothenburg’s fish auction, where fish have been sold for over 100 years. Once a month there is an open guided tour of the fishing harbour: a unique and fascinating activity for the whole family, just a stone’s throw away from our hotel.
Get up at dawn and pop down to the exciting fish auction. Have a warming cup of tea or coffee while you watch the auction in action. Then come back to the hotel and enjoy our excellent breakfast buffet with a view of the harbour entrance.
Read more about the auction here.
An exciting game where you and your fellow contestants are locked in an unknown room filled with mysterious messages and objects. You know that you have to escape before time runs out. Pool all of your skills to find clues, crack codes and use the room’s resources to your advantage!
Come rain or shine, Escape House is a perfect activity to do in Gothenburg! Suitable for the entire family.
Read more and book a scenario on their website
Challenge the family to some go karting!
Go Karting Majorna is situated by the Vagnhallen Majorna tram stop (five minutes away) and offers exciting experiences.
Read more about competitions and prizes on Go Karting Majorna’s website: www.gokarting.nu
We enjoy a superb location near the Port of Gothenburg. We even have good fishing prospects here, suitable for the whole family. Take your fishing gear out on a walk past the Älvsborg Bridge and try your luck.
Sportfiskarna Göteborg can offer advice on what fish are in the area.
Enjoy an ice cream at Triumf ice cream café, only 9 minutes walk from the hotel. With their wide range of ice creams, in all different flavors, there are ice creams for everyone.
Enjoy an ice cream at Bruksgatan!
You can read more here
In front of the hotel at Klippans Ångbåtsbrygga there is a cozy café. The Ångbåts café is on a steamboat that gives the feeling of the historic 19th century and with a wonderful view of the river. After the visit you can also take a walk along the pier and find other boats that have their own interesting history.
Take a short walk to the hidden area, Sjöbergens koloniområde. It is located south of Älvsborgsbron. Here you will find a beautiful area with small gardens, beekeeping, hens cooperative and untouched nature. The unique location also has a fantastic view of the sea and the harbor entrance.
A perfect place for nature lovers!
Read more about Sjöbergens koloniområde here
Majornas bowling is Gothenburg’s oldest bowling alley. They offer disco bowling and regular bowling that suit everyone, no matter if you are a professional or a beginner. This is a fun opportunity to gather the whole family in a bowling game.
Read more on their website.
You can take a 2 minutes boat trip with Älvsnabben to the other side of the river, Eriksberg which is the new part of Gothenburg.
Walk along the water and see the iconic Eriksberg’s crane. Take the opportunity to visit Ostindiefararen. With booked tours you can enter the ship where you can do anything from climbing the 47-meter-high rig to tie different knots. They will also tell you about the ship’s history, the different expeditions around the world, when it sank outside Gothenburg’s harbor entrance and how the ship is built today.
Take a walk to Färjenäsparken, that is one of Hisingen’s largest playgrounds.
Except for the magical view, they have some popular cafes and restaurants, here are some tips:
Tapas By River
They often arrange different events in Eriksbergshallen that also are worth visiting.
The biggest amusement park in the Nordics.
With 40 rides and attractions, hundreds of thousands of flowers, food, drink and theatrical and on-stage entertainment, Liseberg has something for everyone.
Book our Liseberg package, which includes entry for the whole family!
Are you brave enough? Liseberg is now open for a third season – Halloween!
Read more about opening hours and prices on their website.
Sweden’s national science centre, Universeum is situated next to Liseberg and is open all year round.
Experiment, go under water level and see sharks, visit dinosaur exhibits, or why not experience Universeum’s very own rainforest?
See and learn more about all of Universeum’s experiences on its website.
Europe’s biggest indoor playhouse, with an area of 5,000 square metres, for children of all ages. Its biggest attraction is its three-storey-high soft ball space, complete with ball volcanoes.
Here you will find everything from jungle gyms to slides and trampolines to restaurants and cafés.
A perfect summer activity is to visit the wonderful Bärby Självplock in Säve. Bring your family and friends with buckets or jars and pick from all their 30 different berries and vegetables.
Bärbys Självplock is a bit away from the hotel, 20 min by car and 1 h by public transport, the nearest stop is Bärby Norra.
You can find more information on their website here
Storm & Billie is a unique chocolate factory in Linné, that manufactures chocolate from selected cocoa beans. They accentuate the natural and unique flavors of the cocoa bean during the chocolate manufacturing, by only adding raw sugar.
It’s an interesting and tasty experience that will surprise you!
Read more about the chocolate manufacturing at Storm & Billes website.
You can also book a chocolate tasting at the hotel or at the factory for a larger get-together. Read more about the chocolate tasting here
You can get here easily by car.
Lilla Varholmen is only 20 minutes by car from the hotel, then simply take the free car ferry across to Hönö or Björkö.
From Hönö you can drive to Fotö, Öckerö or Hälsö. On Hälsö you can then take the ferry on to Källö-Knippla, Hyppeln and Rörö.
Once here, you will enjoy the West Coast atmosphere with picturesque fishing huts, pretty houses and the beautiful cliffs along the coast.
We have put together below a variety of things to do on these beautiful islands.
This unique place is located in Hönö Klåva. You will find flowers, interiors and food in the same shop. Make the most of the shopping opportunities followed by and extended lunch in the sunshine.
Read more about Lilling Cottage here.
The restaurant is located along the dock with a beautiful view of Vinga Fyr. Come here to enjoy fresh fish and seafood for lunch or dinner. If you are lucky you may also catch some live music.
Read more about Tullhuset here.
Outside Hotel Trubaduren you will find Lasse and his 1960s fishing boat. On his beautiful wooden boat you can go on a seal safari, catch mackerel on a hand line, catch crabs in pots and of course catch lobster when the season starts. Combine fishing with a delicious lunch at Haralds which serves most of what the sea has to offer.
Prices from SEK 150.
Read more about Kastor Boat Trips here.
Once you are on Hönö you can visit the Havskatten hotel and hostel where you will be welcomed by Svenne and Roger. Or why not be picked up directly outside the hotel by the fishing boat Port Said? Port Said can take you out on a fishing trip in the beautiful archipelago. A stop at Havskatten to bake Hönökaka cakes is not to be missed. You can’t get more Gothenburg than Hönökaka in the archipelago.
Read more about Havskatten here.
Marianne and Bengt will welcome you to Öckerö. They can help you customize your own biking package. Move around by bike, ferry and hiking. The islands have wonderful landscapes and amazing food. Take your own bike or rent one for a small fee. If you want to extend your stay there is also a package with accommodation.
Prices from SEK 700.
Read more about Bed & Bike here.
Seaside is located in Björkö harbor. At Seaside you can enjoy great food with a fantastic view. If you don’t want to travel to Björkö on public transport or by car, there is another option. Get picked up directly outside the hotel by boat, then you travel on the water to enjoy lunch at Seaside. From the hotel you can also take a trip to Vinga with a light lunch.
Ask us about booking and times.
Prices from SEK 695.
Read more about Seaside here.
The best way to get to Tjörn is by car, but you can also take public transport. The journey takes approximately 1 hour by car.
The museum is located on the cliffs of Skärhamn.
14/10-18 – 27/1-19 you can find a exhibition with focus on the watercolor artist Maria Nordin, showing her previous non published works. Maria Nordin uses large-scale flowing colors where her famous works are close depictions of human characters with pink color tones in the skin.
The museum also has a wide range of activities for children. Why not let your baby make a natural work of art from blueberries? There are also watercolor courses, open workshops and much more. You can also have a bite to eat on the lovely outdoor terrace of the Vatten restaurant and café.
Prices from SEK 100/Free entrance up to 26 years old.
Read more about Nordiska Akvarellmuseet here.
With its fantastic location right next to the sea you can enjoy the restaurant’s specialty, the “Herring Board”, which has helped create its international reputation. You can also try pickling your own herring and then take it home. Salt & Sill has been awarded the status ‘Worth a Journey’ and ‘White’s Heart’ by White Guide, the Swedish Restaurant Guide, as well as the quality accreditation ‘Smaka på Västsverige’ – A Taste of Western Sweden. If you want to stay overnight, you can stay in the floating hotel. In the morning you can take a refreshing morning dip directly from the bathing steps outside most of the rooms.
Read more about Salt & Sill here.
You can get here easily by car. The drive takes about 45 minutes.
The Tjolöholm estate is the Nordic region’s major Arts and Crafts center, located on a wide peninsula. In 2018 they will put on the exhibition ‘Downton – For Better or Worse’ with a selection of costumes worn in the TV series Downton Abbey, with additional wedding dresses inspired by the series.
For the younger members of the family there is also the exhibition ‘Emil’. – A playful exhibition where children can visit Katthult, the farm where Astrid Lindgren’s Emil of Lönneberga lives. Children can cook food in the kitchen, read a story, dress up, hide away or do some climbing. Below the castle there is a bathing area to take a salt-water swim on hot summer days. There is a sandy beach for small children and a jetty with disabled access. On the grass next to the beach you will see the Montrose ship and a large lawn for children to run around.
You can book tours of the castle suited to all tastes, traditional tours, Downton tours, garden tours and dramatized children’s tours.
Läs mer om Tjolöholm Slott här.
Inspired by the natural environment in Halland, they create food based on the philosophy of “Joy of taste”. The focus is on seasonal local food that stimulates the eyes and mouth. You can enjoy a chocolate breakfast, lunch, brunch or Green brunch, a vegetarian brunch with brain food from plants. You can also combine these meals with a workshop – “on the theme of nature” or a farm competition.
Prices from SEK 135.
Read more about Skårs Gård here.
Why not combine a visit to Skårs Gård with a visit to Äskhult hamlet. In Äskhult you step right back into a genuine 19th-century hamlet with roots in the 17th and 18th centuries. Once you leave the parking lot there is very little to remind you of our own time. An incredibly beautiful cow path leads to the hamlet.
Read more about Äskhults hamlet here.