Gothenburg or Göteborg is the second largest city in Sweden with great character.
There is an air of charm and quirkiness in the city that's often considered Stockholm's shadow.
The harbour, the 17th-century canals of the city, botanical gardens and the Volvo Museum were all certainly worth wandering through.
The main adventure was visiting the Archipelago of Gothenburg /Göteborgs Skärgård.
As I was short of time in this magnificent city, I managed to explore only the islands of the Southern Archipelago.
Sweden undoubtedly has a great variety of seafood - I ventured on smoked salmon with potatoes at a local cafe along with my camera by the sea. What's even nicer was sitting by the canal with a Kanelbullar (Swedish Cinnamon Roll) and watching the trams rattle past on the cobbled pathways.
There are many friendly faces everywhere, so I did not hesitate to ask them if I could experience a small part of the culture and even have a Fika (Swedish Coffee break) with one of the locals.
It is amazing how the archipelago is completely car-free and the usual mode of transport is by foot, cycles or mopeds. A fisherman even said he gets his local supplies every Sunday from a 'portable supermarket' that arrives on a ferry every Sunday.
Flights operate on a daily basis to Goteburg Landvetter Airport.
Getting to the Archipelago:
The southern islands are car free and you get there by ferry from the boat terminal Saltholmen. To get to the northern islands you take the ferry from Lilla Varholmen on Hisingen. It is easy to get to both Saltholmen and Lilla Varholmen from Gothenburg, either by car or public transport.
Good to know:
Cash and all major credit and debit cards are accepted in most shops and transport hubs. While the Euro is widely accepted, exchanging a few Euros to Swedish Krona.
Check out the slideshow below with the photos that will hopefully justify my thoughts on this beautiful city.
Rashmi Narayan is a London based freelance writer, currently working in Immigration and International Affairs with a strong passion for travel and food writing.