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More laid-back than Stockholm, Sweden’s second city boasts neoclassical architecture, canals and plenty of open spaces to enjoy. The extensive tram network makes getting around the city a breeze. Water plays a major role in the lives of locals. Gothenburg’s pride and joy are the twenty idyllic islands of the archipelago that hugs the coastline, while the city's port is the largest in the Nordic countries. The local municipality’s River City redevelopment plan aims to convert former industrial areas into attractive waterfront residential and commercial districts. To delve further into the city’s relationship with water, simply hop on one of the many boat trips and see for yourself. A Swedish summer can be surprisingly warm, so Gothenburg offers plenty of outdoor activities, from the popular Liseberg theme park to the car-free islands of the southern archipelago. One Swedish tradition you must sample is fika, a break locals take in their day to sit down with friends for coffee and something sweet. You’re never far from a café in Gothenburg, though we recommend slowing down to enjoy your fika in the cobbled streets of Haga, Gothenburg's old town.