A waterfall running between houses, it is not your everyday sight. This spot had been on my wish list for a while. When I was in Sweden, visiting the West coast by car in May, this seemed like the perfect moment to drive to this unique place.
Mölndal is a 10-minute drive from the center of Gothenburg. Note: near the waterfall you have to pay to park your car! I found a parking spot quite quickly and let the sound of the waterfall guide me. Do not be fooled by the pictures. The waterfall is a lot smaller than you might think. The picture below – wide-framed – is perhaps more realistic 😉 Now on my wish list: go and watch the waterfall in winter time, when the waterfall is frozen.
It is thanks to this waterfall in the Mölndal River that the area attracted industry (especially paper industry and weaving mills) and thus employment. We have been using hydropower since the Middle Ages. Just think of windmills and dams. In the past you found many wind and water mills here.
The industrial area is now largely deserted and apart from a unique City Museum that received a prize as the best in Europe and a few cafes, there is not much to do. Still the waterfalls are certainly worth a visit and a short stop if you are in the area.
Feskekôrka is an indoor fish market in the Swedish city of Gothenburg where you can buy fresh fish and shellfish. There are also some restaurants such as the famous Restaurang Gabriel. Feskekôrka means ‘fish church’ in the local dialect. In the street you will sometimes see the name appear in Swedish: ‘Feskekyrkan’. A must visit!
The Feskekôrka building
The fish church opened on November 1, 1874. City architect Victor von Gegerfelt wanted to build a hall without pillars. He was inspired by the Norwegian and gothic churches. The shape of the building quickly resulted in ‘fish church’ as a nickname. Since 10 October 2013, it has been a protected building.
The building was originally the place where the fish auctions took place. In 1910 the fish auction moved to the new Fiskhamnen (fishing harbor) and the fish church turned into a food hall.
When you walk in, you will find fish stalls on both sides. There is a lot of activity going on. At some stalls you can buy tastings. Lunchtime is a good moment to visit Feskekôrka. You can have lunch there. At lunch, however, it can often be very busy because a lot of business people are having their lunch there too.
How do you reach Feskekôrka?
You will find the ‘fish church’ just outside the city center of Gothenburg, in the Rosenlundsgatan, near the Rosenlundsbron (Rosenlundsbrugà). Our hotel Riverton was within walking distance and we passed the fishing church several times when we went to other areas.
Feskekôrka is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. The latest news and an overview of the stalls can be found on their (Swedish) website.
When I went to Gothenburg in December to enjoy the Christmas spirit, I stayed at Hotel Riverton. This hotel is located near the Göta River and within walking distance of Gothenburg Station. The rooms are spacious, there is a wellness area and the reception staff were very friendly. I would love to go back there!
View on the Göta
My room was on the 10th floor and looked out over the city and the water. I like rooms with a nice view! The room was spacious and because of the glass wall between the sleeping area and the bathroom, the room seemed even more spacious. No worries, you could close an extra curtain in case you wanted some extra privacy.
The beds were lovely! In the information folder I read that these beds are made especially for Hotel Riverton. You can also buy the pillows. I must say, I did considered this for a moment. I do not think I’ve slept on such a blissful pillows many times before! In the room you also find a mini bar, a bathrobe with slippers and products from Rituals.
Breakfast is served on the second floor. Here you have a view of the Göta river. The breakfast buffet is quite extensive with a hot buffet as well. There was also smoked salmon and pancakes! Personally, I like the breakfasts in Sweden because they usually have blueberry juice. I can always use an extra portion of vitamins!
Restaurant View is located on the 12th floor. If you want to dine here, it is best to reserve a table in advance. I had not thought about that myself. So I have to go back to have dinner at View 😉
On the ground floor you can use the sauna and a hot tub. Great to relax after a day in the city! I went downstairs in bathrobe but you could also use the changing rooms. You can contact the reception for extra towels. Use of swimming suits is mandatory. When I was in the wellness area, it was very calm.
App Hotel Riverton
Hotel Riverton also has its own app that allows you to easily plan your city trip to Gothenburg. Once on the spot, you can use the app to navigate from one place to another. There are also tips in the app about sightseeing, shopping, restaurants, …