There are many different ways of getting to know Gothenburg – and you don’t necessarily have to stay on dry land. A boat is a fantastic way of exploring your surroundings.

The classic Paddanbåtarna canal tour has remained popular over the years. The city’s 17th century moats and canals have many stories to tell about Gothenburg’s history. You’ll pass under plenty of low bridges – including one nicknamed “the Cheese Slicer”, where all the passengers have to duck – on your way to the harbour, with its classic shipyard, fishing harbour and maritime museum.

If you’re interested in history, don’t miss the boat to New Älvsborg Fortress. After an enjoyable trip to the island on which the fortress is built, you can experience a dramatised historical account of life at the fortress when the future of Gothenburg was under threat from the Danes. Today, New Älvsborg Fortress is one of the West Coast region’s most popular tourist destinations.

Another way of discovering Bohuslän is on a spectacular four-hour cruise around Hisingen, with good food and a guide to describe all the historic locations you pass.

Feel the presence of musician Evert Taube with Kulturbåtarna’s archipelago tours on board the M/S Svea af Bohuslän, dating from 1904. You can expect amusing tales, music and incredibly beautiful views.

For larger groups looking for an adventure, Kust & Hav offers exciting archipelago experiences such as lobster safaris, fishing trips and seal safaris.

Just make your way to the southwest ofSweden, and then decide which direction your voyage of discovery should head in!

For more information, see:

www.stromma.se
www.kulturbatarna.se
www.kusthav.se
www.goteborg.com

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