Situated on the scenic banks of the Göta älv river on Sweden’s west coast, Gothenburg is the second largest city in Scandinavia and its largest port. The modestly sized city is known as the home of Volvo, numerous festivals (Gothenburg Film Festival, Way Out West), and enjoys an intellectual and artistic vibe thanks in part to the University of Gothenburg. Running in Gothenburg is a pleasure, given its scenic waterside location, numerous parks and gardens, and relatively compact size. Cool fact: Gothenburg is site of the world’s largest half marathon!
This is a relatively compact city, and many of the best running routes are in close proximity and can be combined. There are nice waterside running paths along the Göta Älv river and the Lindholmen/Eriksberg waterfront. Lovely parks and preserves include Kungsparken and Slottsskogen, or the more rugged Änggårdsbergen. Head east to Skatas Motionscentrum, where there are designated trails, some lit, and a great gym for a post-run sauna.
An extensive tram, bus, and ferry system makes getting around Gothenburg a relative breeze. Runners might consider a tourist/visitor card, good for up to 3 days, which facilitates one-way routes!