Stretching for 382 miles, from Gothenburg in West Sweden to Söderköping on the Baltic Sea, the Göta Canal is one of Sweden’s great pieces of engineering – not to mention a fantastic tourist destination for those ‘in the know’.
The western section of the canal comprises the stunning Lake Vättern, Sweden’s second largest lake. Just like Loch Ness, it is said that Lake Vättern has a monster lurking in its depths – something that is very hard to believe when you look out across the sparkling, tranquil blue waters.
This year, the canal opened for the summer in May and remains open until 29 September but if you want to hire your own boat and travel along it, you need to book your trip in advance. For those who’d rather someone else did the work (especially when it comes to navigating the huge number of locks), there are also plenty of passenger boats to cruise Göta Canal, which offer excellent Swedish food and comfortable accommodation both on board or ashore.
Of course, boating is not the only way to travel along the canal. The Göta Canal is also one of the most popular bike trails in Sweden, offering easy cycling along the old tow path, idyllic scenery and fabulous restaurants to keep your energy up! Alternatively, those looking for an active holiday in Sweden might enjoy paddling themselves down the canal in a canoe or around the crystal clear waters of Lake Vättern.
Whichever way you choose to do it, the Göta Canal is a haven of peace and tranquility – the perfect place to chill out, relax and enjoy the very best of Swedish hospitality.