This region has a rich history and plenty to offer the visitor. For one, it’s home to Sweden’s second city, Göteborg (also known as Gothenburg), with an amusement park for the kids that’s matched by a huge range of grown-up entertainment, from art museums to nightclubs. Norrköping, an urban-restoration achievement, is an industrial city that has turned its workmanlike heart into a lovely showpiece. Linköping’s medieval cathedral is one of Sweden’s largest, and in Vadstena there’s the abbey established by the country’s most important saint, Birgitta. If historic or cosmopolitan delights don’t do it for you, there are also the quaint fishing villages and overwhelming natural beauty of the Bohuslän coast. The two largest lakes in Sweden – Vänern and Vättern – are also in Götaland, and are linked by the remarkable Göta Canal.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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