There are many well known places to visit in West Sweden, and even more you’ve not heard of yet, to discover. Go on an adventure holiday in Bohuslän, Dalsland, Västergötland and the city of Gothenburg.
The Gotaleden is a 71 kilometre walking trail between Gothenburg and Alingsås in West Sweden. Beautiful nature, pitstops near to town and proximity to train stations characterise this trail.
Length: 71 km
Timing: approx. four days
Terrain: forest paths, urban environments and fields
The Gotaleden is a walking trail close to the city, which has been divided into nine stages covering a total of 71 kilometres. Proximity to train stations on the different stages makes it easy to adapt the walk as you want. Natural landscapes along the trail are varied and beautiful, with lakes you can swim in, fantastic viewpoints and undulating countryside.
The trail starts (or finishes) in Kungsportsplatsen right in the centre of Gothenburg. From here the trail leads out of the city, along leafy tree lined avenues. Before long you come to Delsjön’s nature reserve, where the many exercise tracks are well used by families and sports clubs. It doesn’t take long however before the hubbub fades away, and the peace and quiet of the countryside takes over.
Don’t miss the view from Getryggen, which is a huge granite plateau overlooking Skatås. From here there’s an extensive view of Gothenburg’s western side. You’ll pass several nature reserves along the trail. One of the loveliest is Säveåns nature reserve, full of bird song, salmon swimming up the river, trees felled by beavers, oceans of wild anemone hepatica, and several picnic areas.
There are plenty of picnic areas and shelters along the trail, as well as cosy accommodation and good locally produced food. It’s worth stopping for something to eat at Garveriet in Floda, who are working to be as sustainable as possible. You can eat locally produced lunches and pastries baked in their stone oven. As well as a restaurant, cafe and bakery they have a complete conference centre and arrange cookery courses.
Floda is also home to Jernbruket, a lovely restaurant in an old storehouse that used to belong to Floda Ironworks. Most of the food is prepared on the restaurant’s wood fired grill.
Aludden Providore is another place along the trail where sustainable and authentic West Swedish food experiences are the main focus. As a bonus you’ll also get a lovely view of Lake Aspen, which you also get from Aspenäs Herrgård. This beautiful historic manor offers both food and accommodation. Make sure you don’t miss the cafe culture in Alingsås – Sweden’s fika capital. You’ll find lots of charming cafes where you can enjoy a fika, such as Ekstedts bakery and café and Nolbygårds organic bakery and café.
Historic environments is a recurring theme as you walk the Gotaleden. Check out Jonsereds Fabriker, a former industrial area with a number of handsome, well preserved industrial buildings, housing Hotellet Le Mat and the Poppels microbrewery, amongst others.
Tollered is another old industrial site along the route, where you’ll find Nääs Fabriker, which offers accommodation, food, a wonderfully relaxing spa area and lovely shops, all in beautiful surroundings by Lake Sävelången. The whole Nääs area is home to a unique mixture of nature and culture in the borderland between town and country. Nääs Castle is one of the best preserved 19th century buildings in Scandinavia, with guided tours of the castle, food, accommodation, nice shops, horse riding, a craft gallery and a building conservation centre.
Accommodation in the centre of Alingsås includes the historic Grand Hotel, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.
The trail is divided into 9 stages and is 71 kilometres in total. The length of each stage is detailed below. To read more about the stages visit gotaleden.se.
The whole stretch from Gothenburg to Alingsås can be walked in four days, but it’s also easy to shorten it using public transport. You’ll find an estimate of each stage’s timing excluding rest stops.
The trail is marked with blue and a walking symbol with the text "Gotaleden".
In some places there are fewer waymarks, so just follow the path or the road. Crossroads where the trail changes direction are always clearly marked.
Level of difficulty:
On the whole the trail is easy to moderate, but this can vary a lot depending on which section you are walking. There’s more detailed information below about the different stages and their respective classification.
Start and end:
How to get here:
The trail stretches from Kungsportsplatsen in Gothenburg via Partille and Lerum and on to Lilla Torget square in Alingsås. Stages 1 and 2 start in the municipality of Gothenburg and continue into the municipality of Partille and then the municipality of Lerum. Stages 5-7 are in the municipality of Lerum and the last two stages in the municipality of Alingsås.
Source: West Sweden Tourist Board
Image: Jona Ingman/Westsweden.com