On Sweden's west coast, Gothenburg, which is Sweden's second-largest city, was founded in 1621. It sits on the Gota River, which now is joined to the Gota Canal, which, in turn, by upscale canal cruise—is joined to that showy capital, Stockholm. Gothenburg works hard for recognition, with opera and ballet companies and an international film festival, and it also has Scandinavia's largest shopping center. Warm air carried by the Gulf Stream keeps the region relatively mild all year, which is a boon to groups meeting in Gothenburg venues in the wintertime.
Stockholm's second-largest airport is the Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport (GOT), 13 miles southeast of the city's center. Approximately five million people annually use it. There are no direct flights from the United States but convenient stopovers include Keflavik (Iceland), Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, London and Paris.
Sweden is part of the European Union but as yet does not use the Euro.
Gothenburg convention venues start with the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Center, also known as the Svenska Massan, or Swedish Hall. It is Sweden's largest, with nine exhibition halls, 50 meeting rooms, seven restaurants and Scandinavia's largest hotel, the 704-room Hotel Gothia Towers, which measures more than 1.5 million square feet.
Apart from the Gothia Towers, first-class hotel venues in Gothenburg include the 349-room Radisson Blu Scandinavia, the 338-room Scandic Hotel Crown, the 300-room First Hotel G, the 198-room Grand Hotel Opera, the 136-room Odin Residence, the 112-room Rica Hotel Goteborg, the 101-room First Hotel Avalon, the 80-room Royal (the city's oldest), the 69-room Eggers (part of the city's original walls lie beneath it) and the 58-room Palace. Along the Gota River is the 29-room Hotel Liseberg Barken Viking, a four-mast schooner with fine accommodations. South of the city's largest parks, the Kungsparken and Tradgardsforeningensparken.
Scandinavians in general look at anyone oddly if that person chooses to stay indoors during the long days of summer, so maybe choose an activity such as having an event on an old sailing ship or get the groups to fish for their own lobsters. Indoor venues in Gothenburg include the Liseberg (the Liseberg Heden hotel is part of it), Scandinavia's largest theme park and biggest tourism attraction. It has conference rooms, banquet spaces, restaurants and lots of corners within the park for events. Approximately 10 miles west of the city center is the popular Volvo Museum, which views the ocean and can host groups of up to 100 persons.
Don't leave Gothenburg without eating seafood. High on the list are the renowned Restaurang Sjobaren (go to its Haga Nygata location) and the Fiskekrogen, which is opposite the City Museum (Stadsmuseum). Gothenburg has Michelin stars, notably at Basement, which upstairs is called Basement Upstairs and caters to groups. Lastly, chic, stylish, tasty Restaurang 28 has a dining room for 60 persons, two smaller rooms for eight and 20 persons, respectively, and one of the largest wine cellars in the city.