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A stone painted red has given this place its name and these days there are several red stones but just one original. It is said that it became red when a Swedish naval officer was chased by the attacking Danes and killed, his blood splashing everywhere. Whatever the truth is to that legend, the old boiler house standing here since it was an industrial site has today been turned into a house full of culture. Concerts, childrens birthday parties, art and much more happens here every day apart from Mondays (as usual in the museum and theatre world). Weekends from May to September there is also a market here, similar to the Street in Stockholm, with art and jewellery etc. You find Röda Sten by getting to Klippan (see sights) and then walk on beneath the Älvsborg Bridge.
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Vinga in the distance from Hönö
Vinga is a strong symbol in Sweden, and especially locally of course, since it is the first bit of Swedish land sailors lay their eyes on when returning home. Having experienced it myself on many a ferry journey moving home from England, I have to say it gives a lump in your throat seeing it again when you've been gone.
The very unusual lighthouse with its strong light is a well-known silhouette in these waters and what many make a trip out here for in summer when there are boats from Lilla Bommen (see transport tip) but they also come because of the loved troubadour Evert Taube who was born here as his father was the lighthouse keeper. Taube was inspired by his seaman travels to Argentina and by living on the French Riviera amongst other places, and wrote many well-known songs. Some are shanty-like and some quite romantic about the Gothenburg and Stockholm (were he also lived) archipelagos - there are English translations of some if you search the web.
This is a place we went to a lot as children, since the Änggårdsbergen nature reserve starts just behind the house and we went on sports days in its forest. The house is an 18th century summer "cottage" which to those of us not belonging to the really wealthy looks more like a mansion! It is run by the city museum (see tip above) today so contact them to see what summer days they have reinactments of old days in the mansion. Otherwise you will just see it yourself from the outside. As it was a childhood experience, I have no photo but I hope to remedy this next time I visit in good weather. You can see what it looks like on its official link below. Änggården itself is also a lovely part of town to stroll in, with grand old villas reminding you of Britain here and there.
A pretty little whitewashed church along the river near Chapmans Torg tram stop on the way to the Germany ferry terminal.
In the city centre, but still off the beaten path since it is up on a hill away from major sights, you will find the Annedal Church. We had many school leaving do's here but that's not why it's worth seeing :))) It's just an impressive building and sometimes also have concerts. You can walk here from Linnéplatsen tram stop from where you also see it.
If you want great views of the city, like the one on my intro page, then Slottsberget (Castle Hill) is your place to be. Catch an Älvsnabben boat here or to Lindholmen - itself a nice part of town where you can easily walk to Slottsberget and continue your journey. You will also be rewarded by streets with picturesque Swedish wooden houses apart from the views across the river.
The lake Surtesjön and Lärjedalen valley Nature reserve are both great, beautiful scenery north east of town. You just take a tram to Angered (end station) and then almost any bus to residential areas such as Rannebergen, Lövgärdet etc. and start walking. The city tourist office has trekking maps and can also tell you where to rent canoes etc. if you want to be out on the lake system. Just bring your own barbecue stuff as there are plenty of places where you can light a fire and camp in the forest but remember to respect possible fire prohibitions due to warm weather and to bring your waste with you.
Kungälv is a small town some 30 km north of Göteborg and worth seeing for its picturesque wooden houses in the centre and for a huge fortress. It stands where two rivers (Göta and Nordre Älv) meet as that was an important defence point in the wars between Norway and Sweden in the days when Norway held the province north of Göteborg. Apart from that, the area between town and the seaside area around Marstrand is very picturesque in its tranquility.
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