Haga is the oldest neighborhood of Gothenburg and known for its well-preserved picturesque wooden houses.
In the old days there were craft shops and factories. You can still see the former house of the working class in Neoclassical style, built by the Robert Dickson Foundation in 1857.
In the 1920s, many of the businesses were closed and Haga turned into a residential neighborhood. Today Haga is popular neighborhood both with locals and tourists.
Along the cobbled streets, you find many pastel-colored wooden houses from the 19th century in the original architecture. The Haga district has been lovingly restored in the 1980s and is largely car-free.
The cozy neighborhood also attracts with small shops, antiques, boutiques and a variety of cafes.
The Café Husaren in Haga Nygata 28 is known about the limits of Gothenburg. The specialty of the student cafes are Hagabullen, Sweden’s largest cinnamon buns. Unlike the normal cinnamon rolls (Kanelbullen) the Hagabullen have a diameter of about 20 cm and weigh approx half a pound. Enough to not stay hungry during the day, or to share them with your friends.
Coffee lovers like to meet in the cozy Café Kringlan, noted for its good coffee. As almost everywhere in Sweden, you can get a refill free of charge.
We stroll through the Haga Nygata and a spice shop particularly catches the eye, the Curry House. We ask the friendly owner if he allows us to take some video shots, which he does. It’s amazing what a rich assortment fits in such a small space. And then there is the competence of the holder, of which we could convince ourselves personally.
We continue our walk and see the three-story Skräddare Peterssons Hus, designed by C G Dahmn in 1854. One year after this house was built, city bylaws ruled that wooden houses could only be built with a maximum of two storeys. The reason was the protection against fire.
But a clever building association designed houses with a ground floor made of brick and two storeys of wood. The county government approved the proposal and the result was the Landshövdingehus, a building type unique to the city of Gothenburg.
At the end of our stroll through Haga, we arrive at Järntorget, in English: Iron Square. The name derives from the scale which stood on the square, used for the weighing of the iron before being shipped from the harbor.
Today you see the impressive granite fountain designed by Tore Strindberg, De fem världsdelarna, the five continents at the place where once stood the scale. 5 female bronze figures symbolize the continents of Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
From Järntoget it is only a few meters back to our hotel, the Hotel Riverton.
In any case, Gothenburg visitors should include a walk through the picturesque district Haga in their itinerary.
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