Gothenburg is Sweden’s second-largest city, and it’s packed with red-roofed houses, vast parkland and café-lined canals. Today, you’ll see its best bits from two perspectives – first, with a driving tour, and then, from a traditional ‘paddan’ boat. Things kick off with a drive up to the Masthuggs Church, a huge, red-brick building with a 60-metre-high tower. From its hilltop perch, it overlooks the port and Göta River, and you’ll stop here to soak up the views. Driving on, you’ll be introduced to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Concert Hall and the Municipal Theatre. You’ll then head on to the upmarket Avenyn boulevard, which is lined with posh restaurants and boutiques. En route to the city’s fish market, you’ll pass through Gustav Adolf’s Square, home of the City Hall and the Court House. At the indoor seafood market, you’ll have free time to soak up the local atmosphere, and to buy some of the fresh fish – try a platter of oysters sprinkled with lemon juice. The final part of your tour is spent on a paddan boat. You’ll sail through the 17th-century canals, passing the old shipyards and the fishing harbour. Your guide will tell you when it’s necessary to duck, too – some of the bridges are too low for you to remain on your chair.
To enter the canal boats you need to be steady on your feet and able to manage 4 steps, there is no storage space for wheelchairs.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.