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Gothenburg's central train station, Centralen, is located by Drottningtorget. It is Sweden's oldest station with indoor platforms, having opened in 1882. It is listed as a Swedish heritage building. Today, buses and trains go to nearly every part of Sweden from Centralen. There are also kiosks, cafés, restaurants, a record store and a bookstore in the station. Centralen is only one tram stop from Brunnsparken, and most buses and trams stop at the station.
Trädgårdsföreningen (the Garden Society) is located in the center of Gothenburg and was founded in 1842. The park features a rose garden, a palm house, a butterfly house and some lovely old architecture. The palm house has an exotic climate and tropical plants. It was constructed in 1878 as a replica of London's Crystal Palace. In the butterfly house, you can enjoy numerous species of butterflies flying around freely in their own habitat. If you get hungry the park has a few cafés and restaurants. The park also hosts special events such as theater, concerts and special gardening days.
This synagogue is easy to miss on the narrow street of Östra Larmgatan. Gothenburg's first synagogue was initially housed in a building on Drottninggatan, but it burnt down before the end of a year. It was rebuilt after five years at Kyrkogatan 44. Inaugurated in 1855, it became The Great Synagogue, the main synagogue of the city. Its design follows the drawings of German architect August Krüger. The style of the services at this synagogue is continental and liberal, but also has some more traditional elements, for instance that of the separation of men and women. The synagogue has room for 300 people. Services are held on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Gothenburg Tourist Information Center is in the middle of shopping center Nordstan, right next to Brunnsparken. It offers more or less the same services as the one at Kungportsplatsen, except that you cannot book guided bus tours or archipelago cruises here. Otherwise the Göteborgs Turistbyrå - Nordstan has limited services, with a standard supply of brochures and information. All trams and most buses in the city go past Brunnsparken.
Owing to its geographical situation, Gothenburg, during winters, offers many opportunities for activities such as ice skating and skiing. Located in the heart of the city, Heden Ice Rink is one of the most popular choices when it comes to winter sports. The public ice rink remains open almost all days during season and charges a nominal admission price. Here you can skate and enjoy Gothenburg's frozen beauty for hours without being interrupted. Is på Heden, as it is called locally, is also available for private practice sessions and group events, check the website for more on that. There's also a canteen on-site which offers snacks and hot coffees.
The Gothenburg City Hall is a splendid neoclassical building that was originally constructed to serve as the town's mercantile exchange. Although the foundation stone was laid in 1844 by King Oscar I, the building was only completed in 1849. The building, and its sumptuous decor, have remained remarkably well-preserved despite renovation work conducted in the early 1900s, retaining a lavish 19th-century charm even after all these years. The building is replete with beautiful carvings, masterfully crafted sculptures and nuanced architectural details. Rich materials like colored marble, red silk damask, mahogany, oak and amaranth have been generously used in the creation of spaces that are lavishly adorned, yet tasteful and elegant. The building has been designated a historic monument, and is currently used by the City Council for its meetings and as the city's premier event venue.Oscar I
Down by Lilla Bommen, is the red-and-white Skanska Skyscraper that rises 86 meters (280 feet) above sea level. It is commonly known as Läppstiftet (the Lipstick). From the top of the skyscraper there is a nice view over the city and the harbor. There is also a café in Götheborgs Utkiken. You can hire Götheborgs Utkiken for special occasions. It is only a few minutes walk from the city center to Lilla Bommen and the Skanska Skyscraper. If you don't feel like walking, bus number 40 or trams 2 or 5 will take you from Brunnsparken to Lilla Bommen.
King Karl IX grounded the community that served as a predecessor to Gothenburg, Färjenäs at Eriksberg. A bronze-and-copper equestrian statue of the king stands at Kungportsplatsen. The statue Kopparmärra was made by Börjesson and the casting was done in Stockholm. The inscriptions on the statue's foot are from king Karl XI's commemorative notes to his court chaplain. The statue was inaugurated in 1904 by king Oscar II. Kungportsplatsen is not the original location of the statue; it used to stand on Östra Hamngatan and was seen from Avenyn. But the statue was in the way of the trams and had to be moved to Kungportsplatsen in the 1930s. Kopparmärra is a popular meeting point, because of its very central location at Kungportsplatsen.
The Göteborgs Turistbyrå - Kungsportsplatsen offers tourist information and brochures. It is also possible to book accommodations, and they give tips on different types of accommodation in Gothenburg. The Gothenburg Card, souvenirs, books, maps and tickets for events can be purchased here. Tickets for guided bus tours and boat trips are booked and bought here as well. They also have hiking maps for sale.
Göta Älvbron bridge was built in 1937-1939 to link the island of Hisingen with the mainland. Unlike Älvsborgsbro bridge, it is also trafficked by trams. The bridge is opened at regular intervals, to allow ships to pass on the river below. The bridge was famously opened during one Gothenburg City marathon, to the great annoyance of the runners. If you walk out to the middle of the bridge, you have a nice view of the harbor and the city. The bridge is located by Lilla Bommen, a few minutes' walk from Brunnsparken. To get here, take trams 2 or 5 or buses 40, 41 or 85 to Lilla Bommen.
The Town Hall is located on Gustav Adolfs Torg, just next to Brunnsparken. The hall was completed in 1673, built by home guardsmen and local women. In the beginning of the nineteenth century, it was decided that the steep angled roof was to be replaced and the façade remodeled, so what we see today is from that later period. The north wing was demolished in 1834 and replaced by the present one. The Town Hall, was Heritage-listed together with the Stock Exchange in 1968. To get here, take any tram or most buses to Brunnsparken.
Gustav Adolf's Square is located in the city center, next to Brunnsparken. The square is the administrative and political center of Gothenburg. You will find the old and new Town Halls, the House of Estates and the Stock Exchange around the square. A statue of king Gustav II Adolf, founder of Gothenburg, stands in the middle of the square. Until the 1850s, the square functioned as a large marketplace, and was then named Stora Torget (the Main Square). The market moved, under great protests, to Kungstorget behind Kungportsplatsen. Just below Gustav Adolf's Square there used to be a fish market, but that moved to Rosenlunskanalen in the same decade.