Gothenburg, Sweden: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Gothenburg, Sweden? If you're planning to go to Gothenburg, this is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Gothenburg, Sweden

Based on the climate and weather in Gothenburg, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

Important essentials for Gothenburg, Sweden

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Gothenburg, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

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  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks aren't sold for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID-19 protection possible.


  • A vaccine card protector

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  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an easy-to-carry TSA-friendly option.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Gothenburg, Sweden by month

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January

If you visit Gothenburg during January, you may notice that it is very cold. Temperatures tend to hover around the 30s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C). Humidity is generally between 80 and 90% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain or snow/sleet about half of the time.

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February

February in Gothenburg is frigid. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows a bit less than half of the time.

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March

March in Gothenburg is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

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April

April in Gothenburg can be brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 70% range on average.

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May

May for Gothenburg is chilly. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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June

In June, Gothenburg is balmy. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) and about a third of the time jump into the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Gothenburg, with several of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 70%. Additionally, it is windy.

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July

July in Gothenburg is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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August

In August, Gothenburg is cool. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) and sometimes jump into the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 50s F (low 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Gothenburg, with several of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

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September

September is crisp. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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October

In October, Gothenburg can be brisk. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (low 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Gothenburg, with several of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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November

November here is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows about half of the time.

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December

Traveling to Gothenburg in December, you will notice that it is frigid. Expect it to rain or snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

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Activities for Gothenburg, Sweden

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Gothenburg.

If you plan to check out the majestic Gothenburg Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Botaniska Trädgården, you're likely to do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you see the Gothenburg Art Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

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