Västra Götaland lies on the Straits of Skagerrak and Kattegat, and its capital is Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg. The region is famous for its skeletal coast with many small islands and numerous opportunities for active recreation.
The most important city and capital of the region, Gothenburg was founded in the 17th century. Among its monumental, Baroque and eclectic buildings you can find the city's arsenal, classical cathedral, city hall and Grand Theater. The city is one of the largest Swedish cultural and academic centers and is also known for its rich nightlife.
The area around Gothenburg is above all a rocky, skeletal coast, which is the goal of summer recreation for many Swedes. Grebbestad, Fjällbacka, Smögen and Lysekil are among the most famous holiday destinations. In summer, temperatures often exceed 30 degrees, which gives excellent conditions for rest.
Västra Götaland is perfectly suited to active tourism thanks to its shape and beautiful views. You can go canoeing along the coast and between the islets, ride a bike and walk. The cuisine here is based mainly on fish and seafood and impresses with various flavors.
The most famous monument in the region is the Läckö castle standing on the cape at Lake Vener. Its white walls glisten in the sun, and the richly decorated baroque interiors are full of valuable paintings, sculptures, furniture and handicrafts.