Founded in the early 1600s to secure access to the Atlantic, Gothenburg was planned and settled by Dutch immigrants. The many canals in this region are testament to the vision and ambitions of its early settlers. Gothenburg is still Sweden's major port, and it offers everything you would expect to find in a large city: cultural events, historic sights, shopping and amusement.
Well known as an event city, Gothenburg has hosted such highlights as the World Championships in Athletics in 1995 and the Three Tenors Opera in 1996. Its newly-completed Opera House is an outstanding architectural and acoustic creation. The city's famous main street, the Avenyn, is loaded with restaurants, entertainment, cultural centers, and hotels in a charming, park-like atmosphere.The people of the West Coast love the sea, and the shores are blessed with the celebrated Marstrand, a line of soft and flat cliffs which are great for sunbathing.
Many fishing villages, such as Smögen and Grebbestad, have become very popular summer resorts, offering picturesque surrounds, plenty of fresh seafood, and havens for visiting sailboats.
Göta Canal & Cruises
A typical one-way canal cruise is four days, however, the six-day journey--with overnight stops and longer sightseeing visits at manor houses, churches, castles, and even a golf course or two--is what most travelers consider ideal. For those with less time, new two-day cruises are being introduced in 1997.
Feskekörka (The Fish Market)
Nya Elfsborgs Fästning
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