Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 24, 2022

© / Kjell Holmner

The fishing village of Fjällbacka is on the northern coast of Gothenburg.

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Gothenburg by water

A river runs through it — through Gothenburg (, that is. The Göta River then continues to the sea, which is really what defines Sweden’s second largest city. Many a ship was even built in the city’s port in the early 1900s, though today Cityvarvet is more of a ship mender, than a ship maker. Soak up all the present-day sea world has to offer with the three suggestions below.


Sjömagasinet (Adolf Edelsvärds Gata 5; is one of Gothenburg’s five Michelin-starred restos, but the Chef Ulf Wagner’s seafood eatery is the only one that made it into the 2013 Red Guide. Its menu includes a lobster salad served with crispy bacon, roasted pistachios, pine nuts, yellow raisins and a mild Parmesan dressing ($47), and blackened scallops with brisket of suckling pig, a plum and coriander sauce, crudité in Japanese mayonnaise and deep-fried noodles ($55). Reservations can be made online.


Paddans (Kungsportsplatsen;; through October 13) are low-lying, open-air watercrafts that creep under 20 of the city’s canal bridges — even the one called the Osthyveln or “cheese slicer.” They also snake passed the city’s old moat and shipyard. A 50-minute boat tour costs $24 for adults, $12 for kids six to 11, but rides are free after 3pm between June 16 and August 14 with the Gothenburg City Card (; adults from $50) and free all day with the card during low season. The card gets you free entry to 27 attractions, and covers public transit and parking too.


Scandinavia’s biggest science centre is your secret weapon when the kids start to go cuckoo. Universeum’s (Södra Vägen 50; 1.4-million- litre ocean tank features a long, clear-glass tunnel through which you can keep an eye on its eight different kinds of shark, including a sawfish (technically a ray) named Miss Sågkrates. Universeum’s new underworld exhibit is as impressive: its nocturnal inhabitants include Indian cobras, tokay geckos and small, sweet sugar gliders.

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