"A boatrip with Paddan along the canals." Top 5 Page for this destination Riverside & canals Tip by Henrik_rrb

Riverside & canals, Göteborg: 30 reviews and 52 photos

  Paddan, before it started to rain...
by Henrik_rrb

Another classic thing in Göteborg is the boat Paddan. It goes through the canals of the city, and also a bit out on the big river in the harbour.

The first trip went as early as 1939, when the first boat took just 12 passengers.
Today's boats have seats for 80 persons instead, and guided tours in swedish, english, german and french if I don't remember wrong.

From the boat you'll see big parts of the historic center of Göteborg, but remember to watch out for the low bridges, where you'll have bow to not hit your head.

Don't worry, the guide will tell you when to bow, and when it's safe... ;) But sometimes it feels so close to the bridge that you will bow anyway.

Every trip takes around 50 minutes, and costs 95 SEK (10 euro) for adults, 60 SEK for children (6-12 years old) and 250 SEK for a family (2+2).

Great trip during a warm and sunny day I can assure you. Not so nice when it's raining, but the boat's captain will then give you some rain ponchos. :)

Update! I was visited by a fellow VT-er this week (august 2005) and I took her on a Paddan-tour. Would have been nice, if it hadn't been raining 40 minutes out of 50... And for the maker of the Paddan homepage I just have one advice: If you don't have any rain coats to give to your guests, maybe you shouldn't write it on the page...?

Just a thought, that's all... ;)

Was a nice trip though, at least we could laugh at it when we got dry again, 4 hours later...

The boat leaves from Kungsportsbron, that you will find more or less in the middle of Avenyn. There you'll also buy the ticket for the trip.

Remember that during sunny summerdays it might be quite full in the boats, so make sure to get there in time. Up to four boats leaves every hour, and they goes from 30 April to 2 October.

Address: Kungsportsplatsen, at the Kungsportsavenyn
Directions: Just find the "Avenyn", the biggest street in Göteborg. At the middle of the street you'll find the canal, and under the bridge "Kungsportsbron" you'll find the boat.
Website: http://www.paddan.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 28, 2010
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