Experience the sites of Gothenburg from a new perspective, aboard a Paddan Boat, and head down the river, under historic bridges and out into the iconic harbour

A Paddan Tour is one of the best ways to see the sites of Gothenburg from a unique perspective. You’ll be taken from Kungsportsplatsen down the canals to see the historic 17th century moats and iconic low bridges (20 of them!) before emerging out into the bustling harbour where you’ll see fishing boats, shipyards and Gothenburg’s Maritime Museum.

Tour duration: 50mins

Highlights:

  • Tour with live guided commentary
  • Traditional Paddan boat
  • Old Moat
  • Canals
  • Harbour
  • Opera House
  • Bridges
  • Famous fish market

Did you know:

  • Paddan boats can hold up to 88 people
  • The first ever Paddan sightseeing tour in Gothenburg was on the 15th June 1939, making these tours somewhat of a Swedish tradition
  • The name Paddan comes from ‘Padda’ which is Swedish for toad, as the first ever man to start Paddan tours rebuilt a west coast Kosterbåt and claimed it looked like a toad when it was lying upside down
  • The oldest boat that still runs today was built in 1947, the Paddan 4
  • When the first tours started in 1950 the tour guides were banned from making jokes about people who lived in Stockholm. But today you’ll find that rule no longer stands!

The Experience:

A Paddan Tour is a unique way to experience Gothenburg from aboard a historic tour boat. These wide flat open top boats can take up to 88 people and are a great way of seeing the sites from a new perspective.

On your tour you’ll be taken from your starting point at Kungsportsplatsen past the old moat and canals that date back to the 17th century, while your entertaining and informative tour guide will tell you about Gothenburg’s fascinating history up to the present day, as well as some secrets and scandals. You’ll also pass the Opera House, the famous fish market Feskekörka, verdant parks in the city, as well as many of Gothenburg’s low bridges which will lead you out into the vibrant harbour, full of local fishing boats, the shipyard and Maritiman - a floating ship museum.

see the: full list of attractions included »

19th May - 17th June
Monday 10.00-18.00
Tuesday 10.00-18.00
Wednesday 10.00-18.00
Thursday 10.00-18.00
Friday 10.00-18.00
Saturday 10.00-18.00
Sunday 10.00-18.00
18th June - 12th July
Monday 10.30-19.00
Tuesday 10.30-19.00
Wednesday 10.30-19.00
Thursday 10.30-19.00
Friday 10.30-19.00
Saturday 10.30-19.00
Sunday 10.30-19.00
13th July - 11th August
Monday 10.30-20.00
Tuesday 10.30-20.00
Wednesday 10.30-20.00
Thursday 10.30-20.00
Friday 10.30-20.00
Saturday 10.30-20.00
Sunday 10.30-20.00
12th August - 25th August
Monday 10.30-19.00
Tuesday 10.30-19.00
Wednesday 10.30-19.00
Thursday 10.30-19.00
Friday 10.30-19.00
Saturday 10.30-19.00
Sunday 10.30-19.00
26th August - 2nd September
Monday 11.00-17.00
Tuesday 11.00-17.00
Wednesday 11.00-17.00
Thursday 11.00-17.00
Friday 11.00-17.00
Saturday 11.00-17.00
Sunday 11.00-17.00
3rd September - 30th September
Monday 11.00-17.00
Tuesday 11.00-17.00
Wednesday 11.00-17.00
Thursday 11.00-17.00
Friday 11.00-17.00
Saturday 11.00-17.00
Sunday 11.00-17.00
1st October - 14th October
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday 11.00-17.00
Saturday 11.00-17.00
Sunday 11.00-17.00

Closed:

November & December

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Address:

Kungsportsplatsen, 411 17 Göteborg

Telephone:

004631 - 60 96 70