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The Älvsborg Bridge in Gothenburg, Sweden at sunset

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Gothenburg, Sweden's second city, is an attractive coastal town, criss-crossed by canals and known for its rich culture and lively nightlife.

Why go?

Rent a car in Gothenburg and you can see the highlights of the city as well as discovering more of sensational Sweden...

The city has many theatres and museums, which include the Maritime Museum and the Konstmuseum. It also has a thriving food and drink scene, including several Michelin-starred restaurants and a busy central market.

Gothenburg car hire will give you the option to drive in your rental vehicle to the Liseberg Amusement park, Sweden's largest. Drive along the main boulevard, the Avenyn, if you want to sample the nightlife - it has the highest concentration of pubs and bars in the city.

Summer is the best time to visit the city, with more than 17 hours of daylight and a warm, pleasant climate. The days in winter, by contrast, are short, with only six hours of daylight on the shortest day. However, the lure of the city's Christmas market tempts many people to visit the city during this period. Although some parts of Gothenburg are more suited to walking or public transport, a hire car will allow you to travel easily outside the city and to and from the airport.

Gothenburg is served by two major airports. Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport (GOT) is situated approximately 12 miles east of the city and is the major international airport for the region. Gothenburg City Airport (GSE) lies about nine miles to the north-west of the city centre and is where you're likely to land if you are travelling with a budget airline.

Car hire in Gothenburg is easy to arrange - simply collecting your car at the airport offers one of the best ways of exploring the city and its surrounding regions. If you plan to see the sights on foot for a day or two before journeying beyond the city limits, you can also arrange to collect your hire car from a location in downtown Gothenburg. Booking in advance means you select the best options for you. It's also easy to find cheap car hire in Gothenburg when you book online well before you travel - pre-booking is always the best way to save money on car rental.

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Where to explore?

When you book car rental, Gothenburg becomes a great city base for further adventures in south-west Sweden...

Combining a Gothenburg break with a trip to another Swedish city would eat up quite a bit of your time. Stockholm, Sweden's capital, is a five-hour drive from here. Malmo, in the south, is around three hours away by road. You could even cross into Denmark and visit the beautiful city of Copenhagen in just over three hours from Gothenburg.

As tempting as these mighty cities are, it would be a shame to miss what the locals get out of the city for each weekend. The glorious coastal city of Gothenburg is surrounded by postcard-worthy landscapes and opportunities to have fun outside. Follow the lead of fun-loving residents and check out the playground on the city's doorstep.

Having a car makes it easy to reach destinations such as Lake Delsjon. Just a 20-minute drive away from the city streets takes you to the shores of this stunning water. Take a picnic, enjoy a bracing dip or canoe around the lake - it feels like you are a world away from urban life back in the city centre.

Golf courses also dot this green patch of Sweden, while more opportunities for kayaking and canoeing can be found along the splintered coastline.

For a completely different take on Sweden, visit Tjoloholm Castle, an hour south of Gothenburg. Built for a Scottish-Swedish family at the turn of the 20th century, the impressive house and gardens can be toured year round. In summer, families flock here to picnic in the expansive shade of the trees and swim from the small beach. Take another step back in time and see Gunnebo House and Gardens, which is only 25 minutes by road from Gothenburg. The 18th-century summer house and gardens are stunning and the on-site coffee house and restaurant wins rave reviews.