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Enjoying the Lakes of Gothenburg

Gothenburg – or Göteborg - is the second-largest city in Sweden and the country’s largest seaport, due to its location at the mouth of the Göta Älv river.

In recent decades the city has had something of a cultural renaissance, with significant public investment into the regeneration of Gothenburg’s museums, galleries, theatres and parks, making it an excellent choice of destination for a European city break. The city has also gained an excellent reputation for world-class cuisine and boasts several Michelin Guide standard restaurants. Getting to Gothenburg is easy via Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport, which is located 30 km southeast of the city centre. There’s also wide selection of high quality, affordably priced hotels in Gothenburg to choose from.

Gothenburg is a city which strives to live in harmony with the natural world. More than 10% of modern Gothenburg is dedicated to green spaces and the city’s Botanical Garden is recognised as one of the largest and best in Europe. Perhaps one most unexpected reasons to visit Gothenburg is the peace, beauty and tranquility you can experience at the city’s variety of gorgeous lakes.

Vättlefjälls Nature Reserve is one of the largest natural spaces in the Gothenburg area: the Vättlefjällsleden nature trail is 25km long. The Reserve contains a variety of deciduous and evergreen forests, heather moorlands and bogs, as well as a selection of stunning lakes, where canoeing and fishing (permit required) are common pursuits for visitors. Perhaps the most beautiful of the lakes there is Acid Lake, surrounded by woods and walking paths, rocky and sandy beaches and dedicated barbeque and camping spaces. Many visitors travel by canoe from Lake Surte (Surtesjön) in the west to the

Stora Kroksjön Lake in the east, using the system of canals that run throughout Gothenburg.
Delsjön Nature Reserve, only 6km east of Gothenburg city centre, has two adjoining lakes, Stora Delsjön and Lilla Delsjön (or 'Big Lake' and 'Small Lake'!). These too are popular with canoeists, swimmers and those who simply enjoy walking the edge of the serene forest lakes.

Another popular lake for bathing – and sun-bathing - during the summer months is Sisjön, located just to the southeast of Mölndal, part of Greater Gothenburg.

There are well-used jogging tracks around the circumference of the lake, a sandy beach, a grassy space for games, plus two dedicated barbecue and campfire sites, making Sisjön ideal for a family day-out and picnic. Also east of the city, for those who don’t mind a steep climb up many stairs to get there, Western Långvattnet in Skatås includes some stunning walking trails and one of the most beautiful and blissfully peaceful lakes to be found anywhere in the world.

Gothenburg’s weather tends to be best around August, coinciding with Sweden’s largest street festival Göteborgskalaset (‘Gothenburg Party’) featuring more than 600 concerts and cultural events.

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