Clarion Collection Hotel Odin
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Alfie Atkins' Cultural Centre is a unique and imaginative cultural complex for kids as well as adults. In its spacious center, kids can enjoy the play area or discover and explore the fascinating things in the building. Regular activities for kids include kid's workout, maths with seeds and music. Adults can equally have a great time at the reading corner and avail the free WiFi facility or participate in a play. You can buy something to eat at the Mallgans café or purchase souvenirs from the gift shop located within the building of the cultural center. For admission price and timings, check the website.
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.
Vildmarksleden is a hiking trail that stretches over 38 kilometers (23 miles) from Skatås to Hindås. During the hike, you pass several lakes (Hornasjön, Stora Härsjön) and the forest of Härskogen. At Hindås the path is connected to Knalleleden, a path that goes to Borås. There are a lot of lakes and nice scenery. Along the trek, there are windbreaks and resting places, but no overnight sites. The easiest way to hike is to start at Hindås and walk to Skatås. To get here, take bus GL Express Röd to Landvetter centrum and bus 61 from there towards Rävlanda.
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.
An enjoyable way to get to Marstrand is on M/S St Erik (built in 1881) from Lilla Bommen. St Erik takes you on a wonderful journey through Gothenburg's northern archipelago, through Albrektsunds canal to the summer resort of Marstrand. There is a café and restaurant on board the boat. The boat trip itself takes about three hours one way to Marstrand, and it stops by Öckerö Färjeläge and Rörö. Once you get to Marstrand, you have about two hours to see the island. It is possible to purchase a single ticket in either direction and make your own way in the other direction.
This beautiful park, Bältespännarparken, is named after the sculpture "Bältespännarna" by Johan Peter Molins that is located in the park. It has a small pond with a fountain which looks charming during summer. The same pond when frozen, is used as a skating rink during winter. Christmas is a special time for celebrations in the park where many major events such as the Göteborg Culture Festival are also held here.
If you are into adventure sports, you will like Actionpark Göteborg. Spread across 1980 square meters (21,312.50 square feet), this massive concrete park is a delight for skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX riders. Whether you are an amateur or a pro, you will like the challenge and the different levels of rinks and tracks to hone your skills. You can be assured of the safety measures and quality of this park.
Stadsmuseet is housed in a building commissioned by the Swedish East India Company in the eighteenth century. This museum of cultural history has collections of items gathered from Gothenburg as well as the rest of the world, from a wide variety of eras. On the last Sunday in every month between January and May, the museum organizes special family displays at 12:15p and 2p. In the spring, many of the Vetenskapsfestivalen (International Science Festival) events take place here.
Kungsparken stretches from Järntorget to Bältesspännarparken. It is a large park with a great variety of bushes and trees. Nya Allén goes through the park, in which you will find a mini-golf course and a playground. If you are walking to Järntorget or Haga, it is the perfect route, at least in the daytime. When the snow falls in Gothenburg, Kungsparken looks very grand, resembling a picture postcard. Floras kulle (Flora's Hill) is situated in the park and is well known for its springtime floral splendor.
The area around Gothenburg is reputed to have some the best rock-climbing sites in Scandinavia. At Göteborgs Klätterklubb you can rent equipment and meet climbers from the area who can give you tips about climbing in the well-known sites at Utby and Fjällbo. The club also arranges some youth courses in rock-climbing as well as instructor's courses. The club does not have a visiting address, but you can reach them by telephone.
Näckrosdammen (the Lily Pond) is in Renströmsparken. There is never much snow in Gothenburg, and is usually not cold enough for the water to freeze; but when it does, take your skates down to Näckrosdammen. Just check that the ice is strong enough. No ice-skate hire is available here. There are a few benches around the park to rest on. During term-time, the cafeteria in the Humanisten university building is open in case you get hungry. Catch buses 40 or 41 to Götaplatsen to get here.
Universeum, the biggest science center in Scandinavia features seven floors of fun! Go to the rain forest and see frogs, cockroaches and an anaconda swamp, or maybe have a look at the section with venomous snakes. There's an aquarium with sharks and rays. In the technology department you can find a crime lab, walk in space and try your weather reporting skills. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as you can easily put aside a whole day for exploring this place. If you find yourself hungry there is a cafe on the ground floor.