Göteborg, or in English Gothenburg, Sweden is the second largest city in the country. I am not sure if it was the Christmas Market, Christmas decorations, the Swedish people or the lovely snow, but I absolutely fell in love with the energy of this beautiful city.
One of the landmarks of this beautiful city is the Statue of King Charles IX of Sweden sitting upon his horse. The King who founded the city to be a center of trade, and in those early years of the city there were more Dutch nationals than Swedish. But as the city grew the Swedish nationals flocked to the city. The city is now centered around the Gustavi Domkyrka, or Gothenburg’s Cathedral, that has a clock on its tower.
Water is integral to the city of Gothenburg, which means there are many bridges over the natural inlets and man-made canals. As one would expect, December in Sweden that means snow. The locals seemed to take in it stride, going about their daily routine.
The city of Gothenburg decorates the pedestrian walkways to create an amazing Christmas atmosphere. The Christmas atmosphere permeates from the streets into the shops and cafés.
But it is the Christmas Market that has that most Christmas feel. Vendors have their small stalls set up selling all types of different things. Vendors seem to try and out do one another with the evergreen garlands and lights. There are so many sweets that are so enticing.
One tradition that a visitor to the Chirstmas Market must enjoy is a mug full of glögg. Glögg is hot mulled wine, and when paired with a pretzel makes an excellent snack. The hot wine combined with the warm pretzel is an excellent combination that can be used to combat the cold weather so you can continue to enjoy the Christmas market in Gothenburg.