Every time I visit a new city, I’m always interested in seeing what I’d like to call the ‘heart’ of the area. Some people think I refer to the city centre, but that’s not always the case. The heart of a city doesn’t have to be the place where the most tourists are or where you can shop until you’re exhausted. No, to me, the true core of any location is the area which tells the most about a city’s past. Call me old-fashioned, but by looking at the history of a town we can understand how it became the metropolis we see today.

The heart of Gothenburg isn’t difficult to find, since the entire city is built around it. I’m referring, of course, to the harbour, which offers culture, impressing vistas and information about Gothenburg’s background. A good example is the four-masted sailing ship Viking, moored near the opera. In my opinion, this ship shows how Gothenburg combines both old and modern times. The Viking was created a whopping 108 years ago and is said to be the biggest sailing ship ever built in Scandinavia. It has been all around the world and is now a hotel and conference centre, welcoming all kinds of international guests.

Walking around the Gothenburg opera, alongside the Göta river, I got a look at the port’s many cranes. Looking past them, I noticed how the city stretches out in the distance, towards the sea. Past the S/S Marieholm, a floating restaurant, lie the ships which make up Maritiman. This collection of ships, including a battleship and a submarine, serves as