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Trip Full: 3 Day Trip to Gorgeous Gothenberg Plus Xmas Markets: Dec 2021

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Gayle P.

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I have been wanting to go to Gothenberg for a while as it looks like a really interesting city. I thought December would be a good time to go as it is especially magical in the Winter and the Gothenberg Christmas markets are supposed to be amazing.

Of all the cities in southern Sweden, the grandest is the western port of Gothenburg. Designed by the Dutch in 1621, the country’s second largest city boasts splendid Neoclassical architecture, masses of sculpture-strewn parkland and a welcoming and relaxed spirit. The cityscape of broad avenues, elegant squares, trams and canals is not only one of the prettiest in Sweden, but also the backdrop to Scandinavia’s biggest seaport, making the city a truly cosmopolitan destination. There is a certain resentment on the west coast that Stockholm wins out in the national glory stakes, but Gothenburg’s easier-going atmosphere – and its closer proximity to western Europe – makes it first choice as a place to live for many Swedes.

At the heart of the city is the historic old town: this is the best place to start your sightseeing, although Gothenburg’s attractions are by no means restricted to this area. Tucked between the Göta River to the north and the zigzagging Rosenlundskanalen to the south, the old town’s tightly gridded streets are lined with impressive facades, interesting food markets and a couple of worthwhile museums, most notably the Stadsmuseum and, up by the harbour, the Maritiman, a repository of all things nautical. Just across the canal that skirts the southern edges of the old town is Trädgårdsföreningen park, in summer full of colourful flowers and picnicking city dwellers.

Liseberg Amusement Park, in the centre of Gothenburg, is considered a national icon. It also hosts Sweden's largest Christmas market. Millions of twinkling lights and more than a thousand Christmas trees set the tone. If you fancy trying the complete Swedish Christmas food experience, opt for Liseberg's 'julbord' – a buffet-style smorgasbord brimming with dishes hot and cold. Traditional Swedish classics are on the menu, from 'julskinka' (Christmas ham), 'gravad lax' (cured salmon) and 'sill' (pickled herring) to 'lussekatter' (saffron buns) and 'risgrynsgröt' (rice pudding). There are also a couple of smaller markets near the waterfront selling traditional crafts.

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I am sure that travel will be ok again by Dec 2021 but just to be on the safe side I will make sure that any accomodation I book has free cancellation so we can get our money back if we can't go due to Covid 19. We will also book flights nearer the time. All I will need to secure your place on the trip is a £50 deposit which will come off the cost of the hotels which look like they will be around £120 for 2 nights. I am only asking for a deposit as a way of having your commitment before I spend a lot of my time researching the trip. Please book on if you are interested and I will be in touch.
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