Beach in Frihamnen: There is a strip of beach by Stenpiren in Gothenburg, and another artificial beach is in Frihamnen. If you feel like relaxing on the sun-warmed decking, or playing in the fine sand overlooking the River Göta Älv and the views of the city, or to combine an outdoor activity on the beach and grilling then the place is the beach in Frihamnen.
The beach in Frihamnen is far away yet near but free from the sounds of trams and zipping past traffic. At the beach, you can relax almost on the lap of the river and ‘enjoy the calming sound of the lapping waves right in the city’.
Frihamnen is part of Älvstaden in Gothenburg. Älvstaden is the biggest urban development project in the Nordic region of Europe.
The local government (the City of Gothenburg: Göteborgs Stad) has planned phase one of the project with a goal to have a new district with houses and utilities ranging from restaurants and offices and schools to services. The houses will be rented out and with shared ownership. Most of the buildings will have a river view: view of River Göta Älv.
Part of this urban rejuvenation and urban development in this part of Gothenburg is Julieumsparken. (Jubileum means anniversary, and Gothenburg is celebrating its 400th birth anniversary in 2021, and park means park but parken means the park). In this park, the city has created many facilities for recreation as part of its planning goal. Currently, there are many facilities available for residents and visitors: to swim, to take a sauna, to sail, to grow food, to try out Roller Derby, to spend time on the beach, to have a picnic among others. These facilities for recreation and activities are aimed to encourage people to visit the area and know the area – ‘an important tool for planning a sustainable and inclusive park’. This park with current facilities are a result of residents’ wishes – for a park that is close to the water and a place to swim right in the city for free, and many more to come by 2021: Gothenburg’s 400th birthday.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Buses 16, 31, 45, 55, 58 pass through the stop named Frihamnsporten, and you can check for precise and more information on Västtraffik.