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Gothenburg Travel Diary: Day 2

On our second day in Gothenburg we woke up to some better weather and we headed straight down to breakfast at our HOTEL. We didn’t really have a plan for the day at this time but we got that sorted over the breakfast buffet. I follow a pretty strict diet when I’m at home, but when I’m on vacation I eat what I want. So I splurged on some pancakes, scrambled eggs, some cereal and some white bread with salmon and cheese. And some juice! I rarely drink juice but I love it!

Breakfast at Hotel Eggers Gothenburg

During breakfast we decided on three things we wanted to do during this day. Visit the palm house at the Garden Society, have a traditional Swedish Fika at Kafé Magasinet (since it was full when we tried to visit the day before) and eat dinner at Tacos & Tequila. You can already tell that this day involves a lot of food. A lot of delicious food. You are not ready.

The Garden Society of Gothenburg

After our delicious breakfast we got dressed and literally headed across the street. The Garden Society of Gothenburg was insanely close to our hotel. We located the giant palm house immediately and were both blown away. The Garden Society of Gothenburg is a park from 1842 and the palm house was built in 1878! In the palm house you can find plants like palms (of course), giant monsteras (like gigantic for real) and other tropical plants. If you’re in Gothenburg I definitely recommend that you visit this unique place.

The Garden Society Gothenburg Palm House

Kafé Magasinet

The palm house was a big success for us. It had been at least 2 hours since we had breakfast at this point so we did the most Swedish thing we could. We went for some classic Swedish fika. I had stumbled upon Kafé Magasinet on Instagram and added it to my bucket list. This time when we arrived there was a few empty chairs. A traditional chocolate ball and carrot cake to share was our fika of choice this day.And as you can tell by Sandras face; they were delicious. Kafé Magasinet is a café indoors but it feels like being outdoors. That did not make any sense. Just like the palm house its a glass building. So it’s filled with natural light but you have a more comfortable temperature than being outdoors. After spending several hours just sitting down and catching up it was shopping time!

We didn’t really shop much. But I did find some basic t-shirts, a blouse and a pair of earrings which were all on sale. If I’m a budget bitch that always shop in the sale-section? Yes, of course. We strolled around the streets of Gothenburg for a while and then headed back to our hotel for a necessary power nap.

Tacos & Tequila

Dinner time! We met up with a friend of ours and went to Tacos & Tequila. We had both tacos and tequila of course. I had some delicious fish tacos, Sandra had an enchilada and our friend had lamb tacos and we shared a nacho-bowl for starters. Tacos & Tequila has an awesome atmosphere and the food is absolutely amazing. I didn’t know tacos could be this good. The next time I go to Gothenburg I will make sure to eat here once again. This was definitely a favorite! Just as Kafé Magasinet I stumbled up on this place on Instagram and we were not disappointed. After having tasty tacos and some kind of drink with tequila we decided to leave and move on to a local pub. We had a fantastic evening!

Tacos from Tacos and Tequila in Gothenburg

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Mikaeli Marknad at Fredriksdal

Yesterday we visited Mikaeli Marknad (the Mikaeli Market) at Fredriksdal in Helsingborg. Every year in the end of September the market is hosted at the beautiful Fredriksdal. We didn’t go last year so it was nice to finally visit again. Fredriksdal is an open air museum and botanical garden in Helsingborg, Sweden. Visiting the Mikaeli Marknad is like traveling several years back in time.

Mikaeli Marknad Fredriksdal Helsingborg

As usual the market was filled with people and vendors. The vendors at Mikaeli Marknad sell locally produced produce such as spices, honey, flowers and root vegetables etc. This year we bought some spices, sea buckthorn-shots (non-alcoholic haha! It’s the kind you drink in the morning to keep you healthy.) and some food to eat whilst visiting.

Mikaeli Marknad Fredriksdal Helsingborg Mikaeli Marknad Fredriksdal Helsingborg

Mikaeli Marknad is a rather big event and last year there was about 10,000 visitors! This year there must have been at least as many. Even though it was a bit cold we sucked it up and had a great time anyway.

We had a great time and I can’t wait until next years market. Do you have any markets like this in your hometown? Tell me about it in the comments! Tomorrow I’m going to Copenhagen to meet up with Belinda, a fellow blogger and childhood friend. Can’t wait to finally meet up with her again!

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Hotel Eggers Gothenburg: Review

All opinions are my own, this post it not sponsored by Hotel Eggers or anyone else.

Walking through the doors and checking in to one of Swedens oldest hotels is a pretty impressive feeling. I’m not going to lie. When I’m booking somewhere to stay I’m looking for an experience, not just a place to sleep. And if you are the same; Hotel Eggers is perfect for you.

Hotel Eggers Gothenburg Göteborg

The Room

We checked in to room 392 at Hotel Eggers and were greeted with such a calm and lovely feeling. Dark walls and a green velvet bed frame is something I never would have picked out myself but something I did not know I loved. Our room was very clean so thank you to Larissa, whom was our cleaner. The atmosphere of the room was amazing and the only down side was that we did not have a great view. Our view was towards the courtyard of Hotel Eggers but since we did not specifically ask for a great view, I cannot really be mad about it. We were not there for the view anyway. A short summary of our room: our bed was amazing. It was the perfect kind of soft and was like sleeping on a cloud. The view sucked. But everything else was clean and nice!

Breakfast

Moving on to breakfast. The breakfast buffet was a good size but for me, a vegetarian (I have fish a couple of times a year), the options were not that big. So I ended up having the exact same breakfast two days in a row. On the menu was hot breakfasts as pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs. But also cold breakfasts like bread and yoghurt. So there’s definitely room to eat different breakfasts, if you are not vegetarian. I would like to see more fruits on the buffet though! I like to feel fresh after breakfast and therefore like to eat fruits as a part of my diet. But all the foods we had were cooked perfectly and very tasty!

Breakfast at Hotel Eggers Gothenburg

Summary of Hotel Eggers

Our stay at Hotel Eggers was really pleasant and we felt very welcome! Our room was fantastic; from the decor to the cleaning. Breakfast was tasty but could be improved with more vegetarian and vegan options. Overall the staff were very lovely and they made everything for us to feel at home. If you are going to Gothenburg I would definitely recommend staying at Hotel Eggers for a special experience. I would love to go back soon and try the whole experience with trying their afternoon tea, lunch and dinner! Hotel Eggers definitely grew on me and I had one of my best hotel experiences in a long time.

And let us be honest, Hotel Eggers is perfect if you are a social media influencer since the decor is very beautiful and very different to other hotels. There is not a corner of this place that I did not photograph 😂Everywhere you look is picturesque and so special. Big thumbs up to Hotel Eggers for keeping the spirit of the hotel alive and you really feel like you are in a very old hotel. If you would like to see more pictures from trip to Gothenburg and our hotel stay; visit my Instagram where I have updated with several pictures!

Final rating: 4/5

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Gothenburg Travel Diary: Day 1

My weekend in Gothenburg is sadly already over and I’m currently back home to my reality. Gothenburg treated me and Sandra very well and I already want to go back. We arrived in Gothenburg on Friday afternoon and walked straight to our hotel which was Hotel Eggers. We wanted an experience and not just feeling like our hotel was the place we went to just for sleeping. And Hotel Eggers delivered! What an experience! A hotel review will be up shortly because it deserves its own post.

Hotel Eggers Gothenburg

After we checked in to our amazing room we headed out on the town as the kids say. We went to meet up with fellow travel influencer Isabelle aka ThatSwedishTraveller for some pizza and beer at Brewers Beer Bar. Neither me or Sandra are big fans of beer so I had a glass of rosé wine and she had a cider. We ordered sourdough pizza and it was sooooo good! I’m not even exaggerating it was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. Mine was with cauliflower-sauce as a base instead of tomato sauce and then topped with four kinds of cheese, spinach, pea sprouts and garlic sauce. Sandra had one with some sort of ham, cheese and fresh tomato I think. Let’s just say that we were not disappointed.

READ MORE: Things To Know Before You Visit Sweden

Brewers Beer Bar Gothenburg

After our pizzas we headed to another pub to drink beer (cider for us weaklings). The plan was to have something to drink then head to an outdoor concert with Isabelle and her friend Amanda. But you know, we are rookies in Gothenburg. Gothenburg has a rumor about it that it always rains. We looked at the weather reports before hand and didn’t see any rain on the forecast so we didn’t bring raincoats. ROOKIE MISTAKE. It rained. The entire evening and night. So we decided to skip the concert and head back to the hotel for an early night. Sandra is my cousin and best friend and since we live so far away from each other we rarely get to hang out. So it was so nice just to hang out in our beautiful room and talk for the rest of the evening.

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Things To Know Before You Visit Sweden

IKEA, Abba, Spotify and northern lights are usually things that come to mind when you’re thinking about Sweden. But it is so much more than that and traveling to this beautiful country should be on your bucket list by now! Sweden has a population of about 10 million inhabitants and is a very long, skinny country, this is very important to remember for later. Sweden offers beautiful nature, interesting history and a variety of foods but there are some things you should know before visiting this interesting Scandinavian country.

At one of my favorite places down south; Kullaberg.

Getting around in Sweden

Whilst visiting getting around is easy. Sweden has a great railway-system that connects almost every major city in the country. The down side of traveling by train can be that it’s very expensive if you don’t book beforehand and it also takes quite a long time. SJ is the biggest railway company and where you can find tickets from all stations in Sweden. Taking the train from Malmö in the south to Kiruna in the north takes about 20hrs and you have to change trains a couple of time. But if you’re going from Gothenburg to Stockholm the train is definitely the way to go!

As I said earlier, Sweden is tall and skinny. Traveling from west to east is not a big deal, but north to south takes several hours. Another way to get around is by plane, this is what I recommend if you’re traveling from the south to the north or the other way around. BRA is the domestic flight operator in Sweden and is where you should look if you’re interested in flying domestic. Other ways of getting around are FlixBus or Nettbuss.

 

Accommodation

Sweden offers a wide variety of hotels, hostels, AirBnB’s and campgrounds. For finding hotels I recommend Sweden Hotels or Hotels.com. Hotels start from about 600 SEK a night for one adult. For finding hostels the best way is to look at the Swedish Tourist Association they own the majority of the hostels, mountain cabins and mountain stations in Sweden. Also SVIF offers a good amount of hostels. Hostelworld and hostels.com also work in Sweden. Hostels costs from about 200 SEK a night.

If you’re looking to camp in; you’re in luck! Sweden has a law called Allemansrätten, which basically means that you are allowed to camp almost everywhere in the forests. With exception of where there is a sign that says otherwise. But this should be taken with a grain of salt. Don’t camp next to someones house or ruin someones ground. Be respectful. If you want to camp in a camping with your RV or van the easiest way to find campsites are via Camping.

Another favorite; Söderåsen National Park

Eating & drinking

I’m going to be 100% honest with you here. It’s an expensive place to visit. If you’re staying for a longer period of time I recommend buying groceries and doing some cooking yourself if you can! Meats and cheese are especially expensive so eating a more plant based diet will benefit you. Different studies show that about 10% of the population are either vegetarian or vegan and a contributing factor can definitely be the expensive food. Eating out can be fun and the big cities offer a big variety of cuisine. What ever you what, Sweden probably has it!

Tipping in Sweden is not as common as it is abroad and most Swedes only tip once in a while and never when they’re eating lunch. But if you do want to tip between 5-10% is a good amount. If you are looking for a fun night out you should come prepared. Sweden adds a 25% tax to all alcoholic drinks so don’t be surprised if you end up paying 150-200 SEK for a long drink or 60-100 SEK for a glass of wine. Getting in to clubs also usually costs between 120-250 SEK per person. Beer is the cheapest drink to drink and if you like beer there are many exciting ones to try! On TripAdvisor you can find many good restaurants in Sweden.

 

Things to do

Sweden has many things to do no matter what season you visit. It is an amazing summer destination as well as a winter destination. In the summer there are several events that take place such as Medeltidsveckan (The Medieval Week) in Visby, the music festival Sweden Rock (amongst many other) and Midsummer! Other things to do in the summer are biking the Kattegatt-trail or learning more about the Swedish history by visiting a museum (many museums has free entry!). Another beautiful place worth visiting is the island of Öland. It’s an idyllic summer paradise, perfect for celebrating midsummer!

If you are brave enough you should visit in the winter time! Yes, it will be cold but you will have the time of your life. This country is literally a winter paradise. You can spot northern lights, ride a dog sled and hang out with reindeers. Remember earlier when I told you about Sweden being tall and skinny? If you want to experience these things you need to get up far north! Swedish Lapland offers all of the things mentioned above so if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience you should visit Lapland. If you’re feeling really brave you can even stay at the Ice Hotel while you’re at it. The north also offers som great skiing if you like an active vacation!

Last year I traveled north to the small village Lakavattnet

Hopefully this post helped you with your plans to visit this wonderful destination! If you have any other questions about Sweden I’m happy to answer them, just post them in the comments below. If you want more Sweden-related content head over to my Instagram where I regularly post pictures of things to do, places to visit and other Sweden content!

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My Favourite Place

Welcome to one of my favourite places on Earth; Kullaberg! I went there last night with my cousin Sandra and best friend Louise. Louise just got back from a almost 5 month backpacking-trip in Australia and Asia so it’s nice to hang out again, I’ve missed her so much! So yesterday we drove all the way up to Kullaberg to watch the sunset and it was absolutely gorgeous.
We did two little hikes, one down to the small lighthouse and one to a cave a bit further away. We didn’t climb down to the cave because it was freakishly cold and muddy so we stayed at the top to watch the sunset instead. After sunset we jumped in the car and drove the one hour back home. The plan was to light a fire and eat some marshmallows but we forgot them so that will have to be another time.
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Byrums raukar, Öland

Hi! I actually left my apartment for something other than going to work och going to the vet (my cat broke a toe haha!) this week. I hopped into my car and drove over to Öland which is an island on the east coast of Sweden. I’m very fourtunate to live 5 mins away from the crossing bridge but I can count the times I visited on one hand. So when they called from work and asked if I wanted to take a day off I said HELL YES! And planned an adventure. My plan was to drive up to Byrums Raukar and hike and take some photos. Raukar is a Swedish word for a special stone formation which is formed when relatively softer rocks at beaches are eroded by the surrounding sea and a harder limestone core remains. Look at the pictures and you will understand! I’ve never seen them IRL and I wanted to. I drove the 1,5 hrs there and was greeted with a storm and -3ºC meaning that it was very cold! So I didn’t hike as much as I planned but I still got some nice photos.
Everything was covered in ice and I had to be extremely careful not to fall over even with my hiking boots on. But it still looked beautiful and I got there just in time for sunset which made the whole experience so much better! In these pictures you can see what I meant with the rocks, they’ve all been formed by the ocean which is pretty cool if you ask me.
Do you explore the place where you live often? I’m a big believer in “exploring my own backyard” but I don’t do it enough! A personal goal for 2018 must be to explore the city I live in and it’s surroundings more. I’ve only lived here for 1,5 years and I’ve not seen nearly enough. There will definitely be another trip over to Öland soon.
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