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A Wedding in Gothenburg

A September 2002 trip to Gothenburg by Kun-chan

Gothenburg from the Air Photo, Gothenburg, Sweden More Photos
Quote: My family all went to Gothenburg, Sweden, for the marriage of my brother to his Swedish wife. We took some time out from the wedding to see nearby parts of the beautiful country and its historical sites.

A Wedding in Gothenburg

Overview

Gothenburg from the Air Photo, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Other than the obvious wedding, some of the highlights of Gothenburg were the canal tour of Gothenburg, exploring the beautiful forests so near the houses around Gothenburg, and visiting Gothenburg's many historical sites.Quick Tips: We went in August, and the weather was perfect (apart from the morning of the wedding, when it rained a little, and was very windy!), so bring summer clothing. If you're not into seeing the beautiful countryside, Gothenburg itself is a good place to visit both for seeing historical sites and for shopping!Best Way To Get Around: I would recommend taking the Gothenburg public transport - the trams take you around the city, and are very reliable. If y...Read More

Bohus Fästning

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Attraction | "Bohus Fortress"

Bohus Fästning Photo, Gothenburg, Sweden
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On one of our free days, we took a trip to the Bohus Fästning (Bohus Fortress) in Kungälv. Going around the fortress feels like walking back in time - everything is so old, so much older than anything I was used to at home. It was amazing to be able to walk around and touch something so old. Originally built in 1308 by the Norwegians, but it was blown up in 1789 and eventually used as a stone quarry in later years. Today it is a rather well-preserved tourist attraction, for something that was once blown to kingdom come!! This is because of the restoration work, started in 1898, which continues to this day. After paying for entry, you can get a map of the fortress for a self-g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2004

Bohus Fästning
15 kilometers north of Gothenburg
Kungälv, Sweden 442 81
+46 303 99 200

Tjolöholms Slott

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Attraction | "Tjolöholm Manor"

Tjolöholms Slott Photo, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Originally described to us as a castle, my family went off to visit Tjolöholms Slott. It was not the sort of castle I was expecting! Instead, Tjolöholm Manor is a manor house, built between 1898-1904 for a Gothenburg merchant, James Fredrik Dickson. It was ultra modern for the time! When entering the manor house, you are given little foot coverings to wear over your shoes, so you don't damage the floor! But wear it you must if you wish to take a walking tour of Tjolöholm Manor and see everything from the Smoking Room (with it's hot air vents for heating) to the fireplace in the Main Hall with it's fantastic painting of the Queen of Sheba. It is a beautiful, old mansion that has been well preserv...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2004

Tjolöholms Slott
Tjolöholms slott
Fjärås, Sweden 430 33
+46 300 544 200

Nordstan

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If you want to shop till you drop in Gothenburg, then Nordstan is the place to do it. It's said to be Scandinavia's largest shopping centre and it probably is! We found it a great place to meet when everyone went their separate ways. The entry to the mall is right near the central tram stop for Gothenburg, Brunnsparken. When you get off the tram, look around. . . you can't miss it! Thankfully, our mobile phones from Australia worked in Sweden (with international roaming turned on); there were so many people going in and out of the shopping centre that we sometimes needed to call each other to find out where we all were! You'll find everything from department stores to cafes a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2004

Nordstan
Nordstan
Gothenburg, Sweden 404 29

Gothenburg

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Gothenburg by Canal Photo, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Gothenburg, known as Göteborg (pronounced something like 'Yot-eh-borie' by the Swedish), is a beautiful old harbour town in the southwest of Sweden. My family and I travelled from Australia to Gothenburg to go to my brother's wedding, so our trip involved a lot of wedding preparations and, of course, the wedding itself. My brother Stephen married a lovely Swedish girl, Lena. During our stay in Gothenburg, we stayed with Lena's family at their house just outside the city itself. The house and all the houses in the area were all set in a forest. During a quiet time in the wedding preparations, I even went for a walk on one of the forest trails by the house. It's such a beautiful place an...Read More

A Swedish Wedding

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Stephen and Lena, Cutting the Cake Photo, Gothenburg, Sweden
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The wedding itself seemed to be pretty much like a wedding in Australia. The limo didn't turn up on time, thinking that the wedding was an hour later, so the bride's family had to go get the bridal party and bring them in their cars. (The limo company said that the limo (a Volvo!) would be free to take them away from the wedding, due to the mix up!) When everyone finally got to the church, the wedding went as you'd normally expect. There was the bridal march, the minister marrying Stephen and Lena, some singing of hymns (some in Swedish, some in English and some a mix of both!), and some singing by the soloist. It was a beautiful wedding, with the bride looking wonderful, and my brother scrubbin...Read More

About the Writer

Kun-chan

Kun-chan
Mordialloc, Australia