This fully revised second edition of Bradt's West Sweden remains the most comprehensive – and only standalone – guidebook to this enchanting region. In the first dedicated guidebook, Bradt's West Sweden reveals the staggering variety of the area's experiences, including a chapter on Gothenburg and a section on the region's history and culture, and offers detailed maps of both the coastline and the cities. New for this edition are sections on Top 10 'must do' and Top 5 Wild Swimming spots, new road trip suggestions and new coverage of Boras, thje region's second largest municipality. The author, James Proctor, has written Bradt guides to Lapland and the Faroe Islands and has visited Scandinavia annually for over 30 years. Centrally located within Scandinavia, west Sweden is quickly developing as a vibrant tourist location and continues to attract an increasing number of visitors. With a bewildering array of over 8,000 islands, endless meadows of wild flowers and the lively and cosmopolitan coastal city of Gothenburg, west Sweden perfectly encapsulates both the rugged beauty and urban delights Scandinavia has to offer.
When to visit, Wildlife, People, culture and etiquette, Costs and tipping, Getting there and away, Getting around, What to see and do, Top 10 West Sweden must do, Road trip suggestions, Top 5 places for Wild Swimming.
Chapter 1 Gothenburg
Orientation, Drottningtorget and around, West to the Göta River, The Riverside, Between the canals, Avenyn, Haga, Linné
Chapter 2 Gothenburg Archipelago
Brännö and Galterö, Styrsö and Donsö, Vargö,Vrångö
Chapter 3 Bohuslän Coast
Marstrand, Tjörn, Åstol, Orust, Fiskebäckskil, Lysekil, Smögen and around, Fjällbacka and around, Strömstad, Kosteröarna
Chapter 4 Dalsland
Dals-Långed and around
Chapter 5 The Göta Canal and Around
Sjötorp and Töreboda, Varnhem and around
Chapter 6 Västergötland
Appendix Getting Started in Swedish
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James Proctor first travelled to West Sweden in 1986 and was smitten with Scandi-mania from the very outset. He's been back and forth ever since and currently spends several months every year in Sweden. Specialising in the Nordic countries, he has written a total of six guidebooks, including one to the whole of Sweden as well as Bradt's Faroe Islands and Lapland guides. James speaks fluent Swedish, which Swedes (and most other people) find quite baffling. Searching to understand why, they regularly ask whether he has a Swedish mother or father. Their incredulity only grows when they learn that he learnt Swedish by mistake – attending the wrong lecture at university!