Spring highlights in West Sweden
Exciting activities, events you mustn’t miss, fascinating package tours… Here are the highlights for this spring in West Sweden.
Experience the countryside at its most beautiful
The wilderness of Dalsland, the unique archipelago of Bohuslän and the beautiful plains of Västergötland in spring, when the warm weather returns, the snowdrops are in bloom and the air is invigoratingly fresh. These are experiences you simply shouldn’t miss.
A springtime kayak tour in Bohuslän is extra special. There are fewer boats around, the days are mild and the passing countryside creates a feeling of intense calm. If you’d rather see West Sweden on land, we recommend a walk in the countryside or a bike ride along a canal, through our quaint coastal villages or along some winding rural roads. Pack a picnic basket and head off at your own pace, and you’re in for something really special.
Seafood in spring
The seafood in Bohuslän has often been ranked as the best in the world, and you can experience it on one of many package tours. Daytime there are oyster safaris, mussel harvesting and fishing. In the evening you can enjoy a seafood dinner, tasty drinks and a good night’s sleep in your hotel bed. Here are the best seafood experiences this spring.
The cranes arrive in March
The arrival of the cranes at Lake Hornborga is a sure sign of spring. Every year thousands of them stop off here, on their way north. Seeing their dance is unforgettable. March 25 is the official opening of the crane season. Here you can find everything about their dance, and the area around Lake Hornborga.
Gothenburg – the spring city
In Gothenburg you’re never far from nature. Enjoy Scandinavia’s finest parks and gardens, stroll through cosy inner-city precincts and take advantage of the city’s waterfront location. You can also do cliff-climbing at some of Sweden’s best spots, or take on some great trails on your mountain-bike. Gothenburg is packed with green experiences and fast-paced adventures.
Cafés go al fresco
April 1 is the official opening of Gothenburg’s outdoor cafés. Cold or warm weather, it doesn’t matter – outside is the place to be. Gothenburg has a huge and diverse range of cafés, from Italian coffee bars to classic Swedish coffee and pastry places. You’ll find cafés in gardens, at palaces and cosy barns. Here’s a list of some of West Sweden’s best.
Tours of the lovely cafés of Alingsås
The town of Alingsås is renowned for its cafés, and from April you can take a 1.5-hour guided fika tour of some of the town’s cosiest coffee houses – and sample the offerings. Everything from tea and coffee, Swedish cinnamon rolls, cakes, chocolate truffles and other baked goods, to the new Swedish trend, dried fruit and nuts.
Celebrate Easter in West Sweden
Art routes, packaged Easter experiences, Easter dinners at restaurants or a wide range of events. Here’s a selection of some of the best things to see and do this Easter in West Sweden.
Events with a twist
There are lots of great things going on this spring in West Sweden: the Easter Art Circuit, the Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon, the International Science Festival and the Spring Festival (Vårrundan) at Kinnekulle, to name just a few. Here are all the events this spring in West Sweden.
West Sweden’s attractions open for the season
Palaces, fortresses, canals and world heritage sites are examples of all the attractions that open during the spring. Below are some popular ones, all worth a detour. Find more attractions here.
April 13 – Läckö Castle – baroque castle by Lake Vänern opens for the season
Läckö Castle is located on a peninsula in the Eken Archipelago, by Lake Vänern just outside the town of Lidköping. Here you can take a guided tour, visit the castle garden, attend a concert or dine at the Hvita Hjorten restaurant – and much more.
April 22 - Liseberg Amusement Park opens for the season
All sorts of rides and attractions, hundreds of thousands of flowers, cuddly rabbits, plus food, drink and entertainment on various stages. Liseberg offers something for everyone. It’s simply the most fun in Scandinavia.
April 14 – Vitlycke opens for the season
The Vitlycke Museum, with its unique rock carvings, opens for the season, with a fun and fascinating programme during the Easter holidays. Don’t miss it!
May 3 – Göta Canal opens for the season
The Göta Canal is one of Sweden’s greatest civil engineering projects and attractions. Here you can enjoy watercraft and people, activities and relaxation.