With a new wave of bands, festivals and music venues springing up over recent years, Sweden’s second largest city has cemented its status as the country’s music capital, and there’s plenty to get excited about in Gothenburg for music lovers. Top of the bill are the city’s annual music festivals, most famous of which is the 3-day Way Out West (WOW) Festival in August, which has hosted international acts as diverse as Patti Smith, Pet Shop Boys, Kanye West and Florence and the Machine. The huge Gothenburg Culture Festival in August and the Clandestino Festival in June are also mainstays of the city’s festival scene, along with the Metaltown Festival, which has been cancelled the last couple of years, but will hopefully be back in 2016.
Sweden has long been celebrated for its fashion-forward attitude and cutting-edge design, so it should come as no surprise that its capital is every bit as stylish as its reputation suggests. Fittingly, there’s plenty of interest in Stockholm for art lovers, from world-class museums to boundary-pushing modern art museums, and even some surprising pockets of street art (yes, in a city that famously upholds a zero-tolerance ban on graffiti!).
It might be famous for its slick design, Viking heritage and green credentials, but there’s more to Stockholm than first meets the eye, and the city has more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Add a fun twist to your trip by adding one or all of these 10 things you can only do in Stockholm.
Sweden’s third largest city is renowned for its thriving arts and cultural scene, and Malmo’s cosmopolitan, fashion-forward vibe is the inspiration behind the biggest event of the year – the Malmöfestivalen. Held annually each August, the Malmöfestivalen brings an entire week of free concerts, performances, exhibitions and activities to various venues around the city, and draws crowds of up to 1.5 million visitors.
Gothenburg might not be top of the list for a budget travel destination, but there are still ways to cut costs in Sweden’s second city. If you’re in town for a few days, a Gothenburg City Card is a worthwhile investment offering admission to a range of museums and attractions as well as unlimited public transport access, otherwise follow our tips for free things to do in Gothenburg.