On our first full day in Sweden, we took a day trip from our Air BnB outside Halmstad to the city of Gothenburg (also spelled Goteborg). I did almost no research before this trip and kinda thought we we'd be spending the day in a small walking town. In fact, we experienced a big walking city with a small-town feel. And we loved it! Here are some of my favorite impressions:
1. Gunnebo House and Gardens
In the summer, I'd imagine this 18th-Century manor just outside Gothenburg would be teeming with tourists. But in the winter, it was as sleepy as can be. Many of the adjacent buildings were closed for restoration and renovations and the tour schedule was more limited. But that didn't stop us from walking the property and taking in the gorgeous countryside views. We were there on a Sunday, and local families were out (albeit, bundled up) enjoying walks, hikes and runs along the trails situated around the property. We didn't go inside, but we did get some really nice shots of the wintry landscape around us (like the opening image in this post!).
We spent a better part of the day in Haga, a popular shopping and cafe district known for its 18th-Century feel. Even in the cold, the streets were lined with displays like this one (above) just outside many of the popular haunts. We ducked in to the famous Cafe Husaren for one of Sweden's best-known pastries, the cardamom-infused cinnamon bun. Be still my heart, it was incredible — especially with an accompanying cup of Earl Grey tea. It was so fun to duck in and out of the shops and watch as they prepared for the upcoming Christmas rush.
3. Tjoloholms Slott (Tjoloholms Castle)
On the way back to base camp, we stopped at Tjoloholms Slott with mere minutes to spare before closing time. We weren't able to see much of the inside of this 19th-Century estate, but we were able to capture some gorgeous sunset views from the back of the home, and one really nice photo of the countryside surrounding it.
What's the best day trip you've ever taken?