The capital of Västra Götaland County was founded in 1621, when King Gustavus Adolphus (Gustaf II Adolf) granted it the royal charter. At the beginning, Gothenburg was a Dutch trading colony, but with the charter, the King also had a number of his German and Scottish allies populate the city. Due to the mix of German, Scottish and Dutch people, the city was greatly influenced by all of them. The architecture resembles that of the Dutch cities, and Gothenburg was actually Dutch until 1652, when the Swedes took over. Throughout history the city was an important harbour, and to this day remains the biggest port in Scandinavia.
From top-notch seafood, that one just can't get enough of, to neoclassical architecture and vibrant nightlife, any trip to Gothenburg is a trip to remember. If you visit during the summer months, or are really brave during the rest of the year, you can go island-hopping Gothenburg's archipelago for a swim and, if you're lucky, some sun. The islands are very popular for kayaking destinations, especially for its unspoiled nature and villages it features on the coast.
During the night, most of Gothenburg can be found in the Avenyn district, the place where the magic happens in the world renowned clubs and bars. If you are a food enthusiast, the city will most probably be beyond your expectations, packed with great restaurants serving food that won't cost you an arm and a leg (surprisingly). All in all, there is something for everyone, museums, gardens, churches and the list goes on.