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We are delighted to hold the 2022 PSI Conference in the beautiful city of Gothenburg. The conference is taking place at Gothia Towers, a short bus or taxi ride from Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport. Gothia Towers is one of the Nordic region’s most attractive meeting places with a large amount of meeting space and over 1,200 first-class hotel rooms.
Gothia Towers is centrally located in the city, close to a range of hotels and restaurants. The venue is also next to Scandinavia’s biggest amusement park Liseberg.
This will be the first face-to-face PSI Conference since 2019 and we are expecting a great deal of interest in participating.
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A local’s guide to Gothenburg
By Teodora Sheytanova and Julia Niewczas.
This year’s PSI Conference will take place in Gothenburg in Sweden. Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden which is located on the west coast of the country holding the largest port in the Nordic countries. It was founded in 1621 and celebrated its 400th anniversary last year. The city is located right by the sea but is also surrounded by a lot of forests and lakes. It is home to a lot of students and the Volvo Car and Volvo Group corporations. It is famous for holding different events including Gothia Cup, the world’s largest youth football tournament, Gothenburg Half Marathon or a summer music festival called Way Out West. Finally, it was voted to be the most sustainable city in the world on numerous occations1.
The city is easy to get around with well-connected public transport or by rented bikes/scooters. For buying tickets and planning trips you can download an app called Västtrafik.
Below you can find an exhaustive description of things to do in Gothenburg.
One of the most visited amusements parks in Scandinavia – Liseberg, is located across the street from the Gothia Towers conference venue. It has 42 rides and attractions for all ages including roller coasters and, visible from across the city, the 146 meter free-fall tower. The admission price includes daily live music performances. Within the park there are numerous cafes and restaurants. All restaurants offer vegetarian dishes and there is also a fully vegetarian restaurant.
Within Gothia Towers is Upper House, an on-site spa spread over floors 18-20. It offers impressive views of Gothenburg and includes an indoor and outdoor pool, a Turkish steam bath, and spa treatments.
The best streets for shopping in the city are the Avenyn boulevard stretching across the city center; Magasingatan with its fashion boutiques and vintage spots with local brands; shops around the Domkyrkan church (Vallgatan, Kungsgatan, Kyrkogatan, and Drottninggatan streets); local shops in Haga offering handicrafts, books, paintings and marzipan; Nordstan – a city centre busy mall; and NK for luxury shopping.
There are several bus and boat sightseeing tours in Gothenburg to choose from online. The boat tours take visitors across the city canals and into the harbour focusing on Gothenburg harbour history and the city’s construction and defense.
Interesting from architectural perspective and located in a calm green area in the middle of the city and very close to Gothia Towers are the Lorensberg Villas. The houses are built in the beginning of 20th century in the style of national romanticism. With the Näkrosparken park and pond nearby, the area is perfect for a relaxing stroll.
Gothenburg offers many places for playing golf. More information can be found here: https://www.goteborg.com/en/guides/golf-in-gothenburg
Gothenburg also offers a variety of parks and nature attractions. One of the biggest and most popular parks is Slottskogen. Easy to reach by tram, Slottskogen is a perfect place for strolls and recreational activities. The park also has a zoo area that is free for everyone. Along the park’s alleys there is a pond with seals and a penguin enclosure and at the top of the Slottskogen’s hill is an area to see local Nordic animals – moose, deer, and many farm animals. Popular with the park is its minigolf course.
Close to Slottskogen is Gothenburg’s large botanical garden, which keeps 16 000 different plant species and includes a wild nature reserve Änggårdsbergen.
Beautiful nature reserves in the outskirts of the city are the Delsjön and Sisjön lakes (east and south of Gothenburg’s city centre respectively). Easy to reach by bus, they are popular for hiking, bathing, mountain biking, as well as for picnics or barbeques.
The car-free Gothenburg’s southern archipelago provides scenic viewpoints and hiking tracks. The islands can be reached by regular boats from Stenpiren or the Saltholmen boat terminal. The coast of Gothenburg can be further explored by foot or by bike. Kattegattleden is a 390-km bike path going from Gothenburg to Helsingborg and the Gothenburg section of it provides many beautiful views of the coast.
As the second biggest city in Sweden, Gothenburg offers a wide variety of museums. Here are a few notable ones.
Gothenburg Museum of Art is a 10-minute walk from the Gothia Towers conference venue and houses one of the most notable art collections in Northern Europe with world-renowned artists being represented. The admission to the museum also provides access to Hasselblad Center, exhibiting contemporary photography.
The best place to learn about the rich cultural and industrial history of Gothenburg and Western Sweden from ancient times to present days is the Museum of Gothenburg. It is located in the city centre historic East India House offices, built in the mid-1700s. Its highlights are the modern industrial revolution displays, as well as the only Viking ship in Sweden, the Äskekärrsskeppet. The museum also includes exhibitions on temporary current topics.
Across the street from Gothia Towers is Universeum – a popular with kids as well as adults public science centre and museum and arena for education in science, technology and sustainable development. One of its most impressive sections is the museum’s rainforest modelled after a South American Neotropical rainforest. The visitors are free to walk among different species of monkeys, tropical birds and butterflies. One can also see sloths, tortoises, frogs, lizards, piranhas, and many others. Located in the museum are also the two of the biggest aquariums in the Norden region – the Ocean Tank and West Coast Tank, housing among many others sharks, rays, clownfish, as well as species native to the Swedish West coast.
Maritime Museum is a floating museum in the Göta älv river crossing Gothenburg’s city centre, consisting of 15 vessels to climb aboard and explore, including a 1952 Swedish Navy warship - the largest warship in Scandinavia preserved in a museum; a 1962 Swedish Navy torpedo submarine; as well as a 1978 patrol boat – one of the battle fleet light surface combatants, also used in sea rescue operations.
The oldest Gothenburg museum is the established in 1833 city’s Natural History Museum. It is located in the Slottsskogen park and among its large collection of 10 million animals, one can see the only mounted blue whale in the world as well as a scale replica of Lucy.
The admission-free Museum of World Culture (Världskulturmuseet) is just a 5-minute walk from Gothia towers and shows artefacts from across the world aiming to promote diversity and sustainable global development. With its presentation on historical events and current issues, the museum aims to be a forum for discussion and reflection, where controversial issues can be addressed.
Being the city of Volvo, Gothenburg has its Volvo museum that displays a large collection of Volvo vehicles and artefacts covering the entire history of the company. Located 10 km from the city cenre, the museum can be reached by car or bus, although on weekends bus 32 needs to be booked for departure an hour in advance (the museum can assist with that, please visit their website for more information: https://volvomuseum.com/en/).
Not far away from Gothia Towers (a 15-minute walk) is also the Museum of Design and Craft (Röhsska museet) displaying design, fashion and applied arts from across the world, including industrial and handicraft textiles and furniture. For 25 years until 2018 the museum hosted annually the world’s biggest design prize (SEK 1 million) – the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg prize.
The Aeroseum located in a bunker 30 meters below the ground in what used to be a top secret Cold War defense facility, presents the history and development of aviation. It has a wide display of military and civilian aircrafts and helicopters and visitors can try out their flying skills on a flight simulator within an actual cockpit. The museum can be reached by car or bus.
Food & Drinks
Gothenburg is a home for a lot of restaurant and cafes. It offers a wide range of cuisines and choices in different beautiful areas of the city. All restaurants offer Vegetarian, Vegan or even Gluten-free options. If you are interested in trying some of local specialties you should try Saluhallen, Smaka, Norda, Familjen or Källarkrogen for and Sjöbaren, Fiskekrogen or Långedrag Värdhus if you would like to try fresh seafood.
You can further find a lot of great restaurants and bars around Domkyrkan and Magasingatan (e.g. the Barn, TAVOLO, Hello Monkey, Unity Jazz Bar, Champagne Baren, Brewers Beer Bar) and around Linnegatan.
If you are a fan of fine dining Gothenburg is a house to five restaurants that were awarded Michelin stars: Koka, Bhoga, SK Mat & Människor, Project, Restaurang 28+. All of them are located relatively close to the conference venue.
Sweden is famous for coffee drinkers (especially different types of brew coffee). You can find delicious coffees in a chain of Da Matteo, Condeco or Espresso House. You can also find smaller cafes in Haga such as Café Hebbe Lelle or Le Petit.
Finally, do not forget to try cinnamon buns which you can find in a lot of places. We recommend Brogyllen or any other café.
If you would like to grab a beer and try some of the local beers you can go to Tullen (local chain), Kunstorgets Bryggus, Beerista or John Scott’s and Bishop’s arms if you are looking for an Irish or English type of a pub. If you would like to grab a cocktail Heaven 23 in Gothia Towers and the Stranger (a hidden bar) are the places not to be missed! If you are a wine lover, there is plenty of wine bars around Vasaplatsen and Valand (e.g. Björns Bar, Juan Font Vinbar, Enoteca Sassi, Le Comptoir).