Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city is located on the west coast in southwestern Sweden. The Port of Gothenburg is now the largest port in the Nordic countries. The waterfront has many nautical attractions such as ships, aquariums and museums. It is a city of parks and green areas which include Slottsskogen, Gothenburg’s largest park which has a zoo and an observatory, the Garden Society of Gothenburg, both a park and a horticultural centre with around 4000 roses and the Gothenburg Botanical Garden with 16,000 species of plants and trees and considered to be one of the most important botanical gardens in Europe.
The oldest and one of the most colourful areas of Gothenburg is the Haga district from the 18th century. Formerly a low-rise, wooden-housed area falling into disrepair it is now officially trendy with its cobblestone streets, vintage and second-hand stores and excellent cafes.
Liseberg is an amusement park opened in 1923 and one of the most visited amusement parks in Scandinavia, attracting about three million visitors annually. Among the attractions is the wooden roller coaster Balder. The park hosts a huge Christmas Market each year. Universeum is a science discovery centre combining science, technology and adventure and is divided into six sections, each containing experiment workshops and a collection of reptiles, fish and insects. The Volvo covers the development of Sweden's leading vehicle manufacturer Volvo, from its first car to the current cars, trucks, buses and other products. The City Museum of Gothenburg, modelled on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, displays Gothenburg’s and West Sweden’s history, from the Viking Age to the present day. There is a permanent exhibition about the Swedish East India Company. It is also home to Sweden’s only surviving Viking ship.
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