I have never been to the Botanical Garden so we decided to pay it a visit. It was cherry blossoms season and I saw a lot of posts in instagram taken from the garden so I found another good reason to go.
Pay the entrance
There is nobody by the gate to collect the entrance fee so one can easily ignore it and get in for free, but how selfish is it to only enjoy the place and not help in maintaining it. Drop the money or swish it away!
Appreciate the flowers
Twenty kronor entrance fee and we got so much more than what we paid for and expected. The garden was blooming! We were greeted by flowers in the entrance and everywhere else and it was fascinating to see tulips from the ground and not wrapped in a paper or in a bouquet like how I normally saw them in the flower shops back home.
Never miss the viewpoint
There are signs inside the garden including directions going to the viewpoint. It is not too high but you will walk on rocks to reach the top. It could get slippery when wet so watch out. From the viewpoint you could see the city including the fountain from Slottskogen if it is on. The view from here is spectacular because you will see that a huge part of the city is still green. This is one of the many reasons why I love Gothenburg.
Walk and take pictures, the garden is beautiful and clean.
Rest, nap or play
A normal view in Gothenburg on a sunny, warm day is people in the parks or gardens having picnics or just hanging around enjoying the sun. The Botanical Garden is not an exemption, a lot of people go here just to relax under a tree or have a picnic while the warmth lasts.
Har du besökt botaniska trädgården? Vad tycker du? (Have you visited the botanical garden? What do you think?)
Hisingen is one of Sweden’s biggest islands and it is connected to Gothenburg centrum by a bridge. The closest I have ever been to the island was when I went to Backaplan, an area with quite a lot of shops and I was there to shop of course. I have never explored it that much for it has always been out of way for me when going home, so one sunny yet windy Saturday I dragged my husband to get to see a bit of Hisingen.
Take the boat!
Instead of taking the tram or bus we decided to take the boat that stops at Lilla Bommen. The boat ticket is the same cost as the tram and it is like a DIY hop on hop off only that we only hopped off twice. The good thing about being in the boat is you get to see the side of Gothenburg city from the ocean, a different yet beautiful perspective. I suggest going to the boat’s open area normally on top so you get a good view and take better pictures. You can also take your bike to the island if you want, the boats have a place for them.
Since it is an island, there are pedestrian lanes by the ocean and there is nothing better than exploring the area by foot. You feel the wind and smell the ocean while walking around and you can stop anytime and maybe sit down and worship the sun or just relax.
If you have not been in this part, it will be a good idea to do so. Something to explore on a free day.
Jag kommer tillbaka här snart! (I will come back here soon!)
Sunny day on a red day Thursday so we decided to head over to Saltholmen to be a little close to the ocean, to smell the salty air and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Saltholmen is tram 11’s end stop and you can take it from the central station. As expected, the tram is packed and we were standing for a good 30 minutes from Järntorget. It is also the gateway to the different islands in Gothenburg, there are boats going to the archipelagos where people have their summer houses as well so you can imagine it can be really tight and warm inside tram 11 on a sunny day. Saltholmen can also be reached by bike because there is a bike lane all the way through, this is probably something I can do with friends during summer.
When we reached the Saltholmen tram stop we did take a boat to the islands for it was not part of the plan and we have to meet our friend for lunch. We only explored the area and relaxed a bit by the ocean. We walked around passing by the different docked yachts and drooled over them. We stayed there for maybe 90 minutes just walking around, relaxing and of course taking pictures. Saltholmen is easy to go to and cheap, you only need a tram ticket to get there.
Last weekend I did the statue walk on a foggy, cloudy Saturday and it lasted for 2.5 hours as opposed to the 1.5 in the card. Well I walk slow and I take pictures of other things when I find them interesting. This weekend, with the sun out and the wind blowing, I completed the sculpture walk for almost the same time as the previous even though I took the tram on the way to some sculptures. Do you know why? I got lost. I have no map reading skills.
Here are the 11 sculptures in the minicard with their corresponding information and pictures.
Brunnen (The well) Mandana Moghaddam
Address: Brunnsparken (Near: Sodra Hamngatan)
Unfortunately I could not find this in Brunnsparken anymore. Maybe it is no longer there or I was looking at the wrong place.
Järntorgsbrunnen (The Five Continents) created by Tore Strindberg (1927)
Address: Järntorget (Near: Olof Palmes Plats)
Masterna. See at night! (The Masts) Erling Torkelsen (1971)
Address: Masthuggstorget (Near: Andra Långgatan)
Ägget (The Egg) Egon Möller-Nielsen (1951)
Address: Kungsparken (Near: Nya Allen/Vasaplatsen)
I found these mini cards in the hotel with short, precise information about the tourist spots in Gothenburg and I think it’s a great idea to have them hanging in hotels. Some of the cards offers discounts to city activities as well so it is perfect for tourists. I have 2 favorite mini cards, one is the statue walk and the other is the sculpture walk. Each walk is estimated to be completed in 1.5 hours if you follow the map. Today, I dragged my husband to do the statue walk and my plan was to take the trams to make it fast and easy but my husband refused to. ‘No cheating, we walk because it is a statue walk for a reason’, he said. I walk slow and stop a lot to take other pictures, so after 2.5 hours we were done, an hour more than it it supposed to. It is not entirely spring weather in Sweden yet so it was cloudy and foggy during the walk. The good thing though is I can skip the layers of clothes and use a thinner coat, it is not freezing outside anymore.
So here it is, the famous statues in Gothenburg.
Gustav II Adolf’s Statue. Bengt Erland Fogelberg (1854).
Address: Gustaf Adolf’s Torg (On the Square)
Skärgårdsfiskare (The Fishers) Svenrobert Lundquist (2003/04).
Address: Fisktorget vid Feskekörka (at the “Fish Church”)
Karl IX:s Ryttarstaty (Horse Statue) John Börjeson (1904).
John Ericsson Statue. Ingel Fallstedt (1899).
Address: At the northern end of Kungsportsavenyn (between Nya Allen and Parkgatan)
Karin Boye Statue. Peter Linde (1987).
Address: In front of the City Library (Stadsbiblioteket)
Poseidon med brunnskar. Carl Miles (1931)
Address: At Götaplatsen
Danserskorna (The Dancers). Carl Miles (1952)
Address: Göteborg’s Konsthall (the Art Gallery)
Vingarna (The Wings), Carl Miles (1916/1940)
Address: At the Göteborg’s Art Museum on Götaplatsen
När Vänskapsbanden knytes (Friendship). Wälino Aaltonen (1955)
Address: Näckrosdammen (The pond)
Ingo – the Champ. Peter Linde (2011)
Address: In front of the arena Nya Ullevi
Gunnar Gren Statue. Jan Steen (1993)
Address: In front of the arena Gamla Ullevi
Evert Taube Statue. Eino Hanski (1996)
Address: Jussi Björlings Plats next to the Opera
One little disadvantage of being a resident in a beautiful city is that everything that surrounds you and those that you often see turns into a usual scene. I remember the first time I visited Gothenburg or even on my first few weeks I was in awe with everything I see. The trees, buildings, monuments, cemeteries, houses, stores, parks, benches and even the streets bring spark into my eyes, but now, now that I am seeing them almost everyday, now that I can go around when I feel for it, now that I don’t have a return ticket to the Philippines, they become the usual. It is not bad, it is normal and it happens. I am almost there so before I get to that stage, I would play tourist once again.
I have been here for 6 months, not too long, not too short but enough for me to start my walking tour around the city, just like a tourist would. My walking tour started at the Central Station and then i let my eyes and feet decide afterwards.
How does it feel to stand on a frozen lake? If you are wearing the wrong kind of shoes and if you are not certain that the lake is hard enough to carry your weight, it can be quite scary but the feeling of seeing an entire body of water in ice and actually stepping on it is just awesome! I couldn’t find the exact words to use to describe the experience exactly, all I know is it’s a bucket list worthy entry.
A frozen lake, a clear sky and a beautiful sunset. Just the right kind of ingredients for a good photo shoot day.
The lake is called Östra Nedsjön located in the westen part of Bollebygds municipality in Västra Götaland.