Goteburg high spirits


After spending two days in Stockholm, we took the train to Goteborg, a city that initially looked like a massive work in progress, but eventually got quite delightful.

We stayed at Riverton, a smart hotel facing the harbor of Goteborg, which by day, meant a lot of constructions works and activities, but by night was an amazing game of lights and shapes. In Goteborg, we had only one day of strolling together, as my boyfriend had a training and I had the city all for me, the other 2 days.

We sniffed around the Victorian architecture and we admired the wooden houses from the west.The wooden county governor houses (landshövdingehus) from 1875-1940, are one of building styles that are the most typical in Gothenburg and they are characterized by a ground floor made in stone, followed by a second and third floor in wood. This was partly due to fire regulations. In the 1940s around half of the population lived in this type of house.

The fish market hall Feskekôrka (literally the “fish church”) is one of the most well-known buildings in the city. It was designed by Victor von Gegerfeldt who was the city architect between 1872 and 1896. Head there, not only to check out the quirky design, but also to grab some fresh seafood or perhaps lunch at Gabriel’s upstairs.

Haga is one of the first suburbs, although today located right in the current center, and it was planned in the middle of the 17th century. The neighborhood has kept a lot of its original charm and the picturesque main street Haga Nygata is lined with well-preserved wooden houses and quirky, little vintage shops.

We went to Skansen Kronan, a delicate redoubt in the city center, to see the whole Goteborg city from atop.  Skansen Kronan was built 1687-89 after designs by Erik Dahlbergh. Walk along the street Vasagatan, towards the main boulevard Kungsportsavenyn, to see grand turn of the century stone houses.

The square Götaplatsen, at the end of the main boulevard Kungsportsavenyn, was created for the World Expo in 1923. It’s the home of the characteristic Poseidon statue by Carl Milles, the Gothenburg Museum of Art, the City Theatre and the Concert Hall. The later was designed by the architect Nils-Einar Eriksson and opened in 1935. The well-preserved interior is a real design treat and the main hall is decorated with panels in Sycamore mapel. The acoustics is considered to be among the best there is. In a nutshell, Goteborg has its charms. Less crowded than Stockholm, with bohemian wooden houses and nice design shops. If you are in Sweden, don’t miss the chance to visit it.

Stockholm Syndrom

Stockholm Vatten

The imminent thing to do while you are in Stockholm, is to experience the Stockholm Syndrome. Metaphorically speaking. My boyfriend and I were for two days the hostages of this city and we tried to live like a Stockholmer – we didn’t look too different either.

We went to Sweden partially for business, partially for leisure. We traveled separately, my boyfriend landed in Goteborg, I landed in Stockholm and then we reunited for a way-to-short city break in both these amazing cities. (see the album below)

In Stockholm we stayed at Nordic C, a right-in-the-center design hotel, hosting the freezing yummy Ice Bar. In this year’s ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL Stockholm it was all about a journey across Sweden. The design, inspired by the novel ”The wonderful adventures of Nils” by Selma Lagerlöf, triggers your imagination as you explore the Swedish provinces in a new, exiting and freezing way. Storytelling and a playful approach are combined with delicate graphic patterns and sculptural expressions, a delightful Northbound Adventure!

We’ve enjoyed walking on the streets of this green, active city, searching for bits of culture and architecture wonders. We wandered to the sunk Vasa (musem), the most visited non-art Scandinavian museum. Then we immersed in Stockholm’s sun, for a happy hour of drinks on a boat. The alcohol is quite expensive in Sweden, compared to the Netherlands, so happy hour there means a bit overpriced drinks in Netherlands. A wine can be around 100 SEK (Swedish Krona) aka around 10 euro and a 500 ml beer can get around 90 SEK which means almost 9 euro.

For my little enlightenment, we went to Fotografiska, a center for contemporary photography located in Stockholm, where I could drool for a few hours at amazing pictures.

The funniest part was not the Ice Bar, nor the Mud race from the center of Stockholm, but Skansen, the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden, located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era.

We spent there almost half a day, eating Swedish delights, talking with Swedish people, running, kissing and taking photos. Ooh, the careless days of almost-Midsommar, reminded me of the summer we visited another open air museum, that time the one from my origin’s country (Romania), called Astra Museum.