The Headless Horseman in Gothenburg

 Explore Gothenburg with a city exploration game based on a classic short story

2.9 km
Start location
Drottningtorget square
End location
1.5 hour(s)
Age rating

79 kr

Read this in — English, Svenska

This tour is not available in Deutsch

Read this in — English, Svenska

This tour is not available in Deutsch

Hotel Eggers

You are standing outside Hotel Eggers, which has been here since the late 1800’s. Suite nr 397 is said to be haunted by Mrs Ebba Eggers, the wife of the first hotel owner.

Ichabod's home

This is the only address in Gothenburg with half a street number, due to a mistake when the property was registered. One of the flats here was restored by the Gothenburg history museum.

Ichabod's school

This building has gradually changed its appearance since it was first constructed, from a classical style, to more modern and sleek. Today, you can find the Gothenburg visitor centre here.

Gothenburg Cathedral

There has been a church in this location at least since the 1600’s. The current cathedral was inaugurated in 1815, after a fire completely destroyed the previous one in 1802.


There was a tavern called “The Stockholm cellar” here in the 1700’s. When a fire ravished this area in 1804, the building burned down and was replaced with a stone building instead.

The Crown house

Kronhuset (The Crown house) is believed to be Gothenburg’s oldest secular building. It was built in the 1650’s to store cannons, uniforms, vehicles and military equipment.

The Wihjkanderska house

Wholesale merchant C. O. Wihjkander had this house built in the 1800’s. Architect Frans Heilborn was a proponent of building with stone, considering it could prevent fires from spreading.

The Crown house barracks

Kronhusbodarna (the Crown house barracks) were built in the 1750’s, and used by saddle makers and weapon blacksmiths.Today, you can find artisan workshops, a café, and shops here.

The German church

The German church you see here today is the third German church built in this location, as the previous ones were destroyed by city fires. This church was built in the late 1700’s.

By the canal

The canals of Gothenburg were constructed due to the city’s location on low lying land along the water. Dutch canals were used as a blueprint for how to drain and lead the water away.

The lion stairs

Lejontrappan (The lion stairs) were adorned with these two lion statues in 1991. However, the very first lions were placed here in 1638, as a reminder of the Gothenburg city coat of arms.

Locations you'll visit on this tour:

  • The canal walk across from the botanical gardens
  • The Vallgatan and Kungsgatan shopping streets
  • The Gothenburg cathedral
  • Kronhusbodarna market area
  • The German church
  • Gustaf Adolf's square and city hall
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