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Kungsbacka - Göteborg

  • Length

    64 km

  • Degree of difficulty

    Easy

Kattegattleden between Kungsbacka and Gothenburg features stunning nature experiences. Before you encounter the buzzing city life of Gothenburg, you cycle alongside the sea among rocks and marinas.

Kattegattleden continues along Kungsbackafjorden. At Båt­ och Sjöfartsmuseet maritime museum, just below the church in Onsala, you can find out all about “Lasse i Gatan”, the king’s privateer Lars Gathenhielm, who was born here in 1689.

Royalty and Gothenburg’s high society came to Särö for amuse­ment in the early twentieth centu­ry. Make a detour to Särö Västerskog, where you can walk beside the sea. When you have left the seaside resort, you cycle along­ side the former Säröbanan railway track, which runs parallel to the sea. Cliffs, lush forest, bays and marinas line the path and there are plenty of places to swim.

When you start approaching Goth­enburg, the path passes Nya Varvet docklands, Klippans kulturreservat historical district and Röda Stens Konsthall art gallery. At Järntorget square you head towards Gothen­burg city centre, passing picnic paradise Kungsparken and Stora Teatern.

The final stretch goes alongside Trädgårdsföreningen, one of Eu­rope’s most well­preserved parks from the 1800s, before you reach your final destination at Drottning­torget by the Central Station.

Kungsbacka – Soft rocks and long beaches

Kungsbacka was founded back in the 1500s and was Danish until 1645. The old wooden houses make their mark on the town centre, offering a picturesque atmosphere with cafes, restaurants and shops.

Röda Stugan, Kungsbacka’s oldest building, is now a cosy cafe where you can enjoy waf­fles and homemade cakes and pastries in the garden. The cottage is just a stone’s throw from Kattegattleden and the beautiful square that is framed by out­ door cafes in summer. The first Thursday of each month that isn’t a public holiday is market day in the square, as it has been for over 600 years.

From Tölöberg, Kungsbacka’s oldest water tower from 1897, you can see almost the whole of Kungsbacka. Kungsbackaån river winds through the town, flowing out into Kungsbacka­ fjorden. On the other side of the fjord, right by the sea, is Tjolöholm Castle, Sweden’s only Tudor castle.

Kungsbacka is one of the top places to shop in western Swe­den. The genuine and traditional are still alive, alongside with the new, modern shopping centres.

Göteborg – A vibrant metropolis

Founded in 1621 by Gustav II Adolf where Göta älv river meets the sea, Gothenburg is Sweden’s second biggest city.

The city centre is cosy and compact, and has a zig­ zag­shaped moat winding through it. If you like fish and seafood, you’ve come to the right place. Gothenburg has a rich restaurant and cafe scene, with Saluhallen covered market and Feskekörka fish market being two of the city’s most beloved landmarks.

Its location by the sea not only influences the range of food on offer – its proximity to the archipelago also provides op­portunities for many pleasant excursions. Go on a day trip on a boat or stay the night on one of the islands. Here, you can enjoy pleasant bathing from the rocks, walks along the horizon, or a crab fishing trip.

Gothenburg also has a thriving range of shops, and its cultural life includes everything from museums to opera, theatre and music.

Practical information

Remember to check the opening times of the destinations and sights you intend to visit and ideally book your accommodation in advance!

Sweden’s right of public access is a unique opportunity for everyone to roam freely in the countryside. But you also need to take responsibility for animal and plant life and show consideration for land owners and other visitors. Don’t disturb – don’t destroy, in other words. The right of public access is limited in national parks and nature reserves. It is always you as the person visiting the countryside who bears responsibility for being aware of the rules that apply in the area that you are visiting.

Also remember to keep the cycle path free of litter – take your rubbish with you to the nearest bin!

64 km

Easy

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