The western seaport of Gothenburg, located 250 mi/400 km southwest of Stockholm, is Sweden's second-largest city.

It's very industrial (Hasselblad cameras and Volvos are manufactured there), but also beautiful. Gothenburg has many parks, art galleries and fountains (the Poseidon fountain, in the center of a major avenue, is the most famous). Liseberg, the largest amusement park in Scandinavia, is right in the middle of the city.

Other sights include the opera house, the 17th-century Crown House (Gothenburg's oldest building) and the Rohss Museum of Design and Applied Art.

The region around Gothenburg has a number of interesting destinations, all relatively close to the city. There are ancient fortresses (most notably those on Alvsborg Island and Varberg, splendid 18th- and 19th-century houses and castles (in Naas and Tjoloholm), and 3,000-year-old rock carvings at nearby Tanumshede.

The entire western coast of Sweden, stretching some 250 mi/400 km, offers a wide variety of watersports, historical sites and camping. Especially stunning is the province of Bohuslan, 45 mi/70 km northwest of Gothenburg, which has several archaeological sites and granite formations. Take the E6 Highway heading south from Gothenburg for a visit to Onsala (a pirate burial site) and Molndal (home of the Gunnebo Castle and Gardens).

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