Summer Journal #5: Gothenburg

Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg, is a beautiful maritime metropolis featuring a giant ferris wheel, an ancient sailboat and many more amenities that I enjoyed on routine visits during my summer in Sweden.

Most of these visits were spent wandering aimlessly through Gothenburg’s dense, walkable neighborhoods. Around every corner I found striking architecture – from the stoic simplicity of Skansen Kronan, a 17th-century fort…

…to the geometric chaos of Oscar Fredrik Church, a 19th-century Neo-Gothic cathedral.Poseidon presides over the Avenyn, Gothenburg’s main drag, from this ornate fountain at the stoop of the Gothenburg Museum of Art.

I spent 2 full days exploring the museum itself, and was particularly mesmerized by the Van Gogh piece “Olive Grove with Orange Sky.”And it turns out the big city is the best place to get in touch with Sweden’s signature fauna – Slottsskogen,  a giant park in central Gothenburg, offers a free zoo highlighting native animals such as this beautiful moose mother & calf.I dream of returning to Gothenburg one day because I can tell there is much, much more to discover in this fascinating and friendly city.

Coming next: Finland!

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