Length 7.1 km (4.4 miles), terrain: a few hills, gain 91 meters
I didn't have a camera with me in Gothenburg, so thanks to Google StreetView for the pictures!
Gothenburg running routes:
Town Center Loop
Haga and Slottsskogen park
For more running routes, see Route List.
Here's a running route on the south side of Gothenburg (Göteborg) that you're guaranteed to fall in love with. It takes you through the cool Haga neighborhood and then through Gothenburg's biggest and best park, Slottsskogen.
|Running in Slottsskogen park|
The zoo (djurpark), right in the middle of the park, has only native Scandinavian animals, functioning as a preserve for threatened Swedish wildlife. The zoo has free admission, so you can run an extra loop through it if you feel like it.
|The start at Rosenlundsbron, heading south|
|Along Haga Nygata|
|Further down Nygata|
Run westwards along Nygata for six blocks, then turn left onto Mellangatan ("between street"). Run down this quiet side-street until it ends in a little playground at the foot of a green hill. Just keep running straight along the little path, which will take you to another side-street to the right, Bergsgatan.
At the end of the next block, turn left, then left again onto Lilla Risågatan.
Now run just 100 meters to the 1-kilometer mark, where you'll see the green hill again, rising along the left side. The hill has a 300-year-old defensive tower on the top, Skansen Kronan. The granite blockhouse was fitted with 23 cannon, which never needed to be fired. So, we might as well jump at this opportunity to experience a bit of history, and run up those stone steps to then follow the paved path to the top. The massive crown topping the tower dominates the scene.
|Skansen Kronan: let's circle it!|
Now turn right to run west for a block on Djupedalsgatan. You now come to a wide boulevard with tram tracks along the center, Linnégatan. It's quieter than you would expect for such a wide street.
Cross over to the right side of the square, where the main park pedestrian trail, Slottsskogenpromenaden, heads into the park.
Now just follow this main trail and enjoy the nature, running past trees and lawns and small hills. You'll run past an area on the left that has some scattered wooden buildings built in styles from around Sweden.
|Running past the lake|
You'll then come to a house with a few small pools of its own on the right: the Fågelhuset (bird house), which is the home of a colony of endangered Humboldt penguins.
|Fågelhuset: turn right, just past the building|
The street will eventually end at the edge of the park, where a neighborhood with some apartment houses borders the park at the west side. Now turn back into the park along the trail called Hålekärrsbaken.
|Heading uphill, past the rock formations along Hålekärrsbaken|
You'll soon come to a playground called Plikta. The playground is huge and lively, full of monkey-bars, a giant slide and it's dominated by a whale for the kids to climb around on.
At the north end of the museum, take the steps down to Linnéplatsen again.
Now run north along Linnégatan again, but this time we'll take a different way back through Haga.
Turn off on Majorsgatan at the 6-kilometer mark. In two blocks, it runs into Kastellgatan, where you turn left and run past the back side of the Skansen Kronan hill.
|Skolgatan could use a tree or two|