City of Gothenburg

The Port of Gothenburg and Göteborg & Co, the city’s destination marketing organization, work together to develop cruise tourism. Given that the port is the largest in Scandinavia, all types of vessels can be welcomed and there are currently four quays dedicated for cruise lines.

Gothenburg Cruise Network with participating port agents, bus and ship companies, guides, tourist information offices, tour operators, local attractions and shops are doing the utmost to make Cruise Lines and passengers’ stay in Gothenburg as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Port of Gothenburg

The Port of Gothenburg is Scandinavia’s largest port and has an excellent geographical position for reaching all parts of Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. There is a wide range of port services for almost everything from containers, oil vessels, cars, passenger and cruise traffic to logistics and transport by rail.

The cruise quays are located in Arendal (outer harbour) and in Frihamnen (inner harbour) in the central Port of Gothenburg.

Environmental issues are a fundamental concern in all of the port’s activities. The port aims to achieve a minimum negative impact on the environment by contributing to long term sustainable development and integrated and proactive environmental work.

Advantages of visiting Scandinavia’s largest port:

  • Easily accessible, navigable night and day.
  • Tug boat/pilot not compulsory.
  • No tide, beam or height limitation.
  • No darkness restrictions.
  • Winter cruises are possible.
  • Approach time from open sea to quay is barely 90 min.
  • Sustainable and pro-active environmental port.
  • Range of services; bunker, sludge- and garbage management, grey- and blackwater handling, bunker fresh high quality water.

The City of Gothenburg

For Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg, trade, shipping and international contacts have always been important ever since the city was founded in 1621. Today, the city is also known for its many events, its food and also a broad variety of industry and research.

Situated on the Swedish West Coast, with the Atlantic waves dashing against the rocks, Gothenburg has historically functioned as Sweden’s international gateway. Its location is strategic, between the Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. The city was built by Dutchmen, and in the 17th century the official languages were Dutch, German, Swedish and English. In the 18th century The Swedish East India Company began trading with the east. Porcelain, tea, spices, textiles and other luxury goods of the time were shipped to Gothenburg, in exchange for silver. The trade had a huge impact on the city, and it can still be distinguished.

Perhaps the biggest reminder of the East India Company glory days is the construction of the ship East Indiaman Götheborg, a complete replica of a ship that sank outside Gothenburg in 1745. The work started 1992, and in 2005 the ship sailed to Guangzou and Shanghai in China, where she had a grand reception. She returned to Gothenburg in 2007. Another reminder is the East India House, which is now the home of City Museum of Gothenburg.

Modern-day Gothenburg is a green city with boulevards and many parks. Tram is a popular way of transport amongst the 500,000 inhabitants. The compact city center hosts lots of independent boutiques, shopping malls and cafés, all within easy walking distances. Two universities, both situated in the city center, and some 60,000 students give Gothenburg a lively atmosphere.

Its closeness to the sea makes Gothenburg special. The coast and islands are renowned for their natural beauty and picturesque habitation. Gothenburg is rated one of the best food cities in Europe, and the city has five Michelin starred restaurants. Excellent fish and seafood are often featured on the menu. The city is well experienced in hosting major international events and meetings, all in a friendly atmosphere.

Gothenburg has hosted events like the World Athletic Championships 1995, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2008 and the annual youth football cup, Gothia Cup, which is the largest in the world.

Gothenburg is Sweden’s most popular summer destination with Liseberg Amusement Park as Sweden’s number one tourist attraction. The Christmas City Gothenburg also attracts lots of visitors with its contemporary lighting design and many traditional Christmas markets.

Well-known companies like SKF and Volvo has a long and successful history, and they were both founded in Gothenburg; SKF in 1907 and Volvo in 1927, where they still have their headquarters. The region is a hotbed of small and medium-sized companies in industries such as medical technology, environment, energy, culture, media and IT and imports of textiles and fashion wear. Gothenburg is also the largest port in Scandinavia.