As I have already mention in a previous post, this month the bloggers of Gothenburg University will report from around the city providing you with useful information and tips for the beautiful Gothenburg and the student life. So, today I am going to talk for one of the nicest and more popular areas in Gothenburg which is called Majorna.
Majorna is a residential area in Gothenburg. It is a part of the borough Majorna-Linné. It is located in the west just outside the city centre, with Göta älv in the north, Högsbo in the south, Älvsborg in the west and Masthugget and Slottsskogen in the east. It is one of the oldest areas, originated before the foundation of Gothenburg in 1621. After the city was founded, Majorna became an area related with harbor-business activity, with wharfs and other similar structures to be common in the district. Majorna became part of the city in 1868 and contributed to the rise of the total population of Gothenburg to 50,000 residents.
Walking around the area of Majorna, you will notice a typical architectural structure in most of the buildings. The buildings significant to Majorna are the three storey buildings where the first storey is built in stone and the top two are built of wood, called Landshövdingehus. This architecture was common in Gothenburg during the late 1800s and the beginning of 1900s. Although many of the old buildings still remain in the area, nowadays lot of the constructions has been renovated and new buildings have been built.
In Majorna, you will see lots of neighborhoods where the buildings have small shops and graphic yards on the ground floor and flats on the top. Furthermore, in the main avenues, as well as in the smaller streets you will find many picturesque cafes, pubs and restaurants to enjoy a meal or drink a nice beverage throughout the day.
Majorna has been a working class district, especially in past years, but as many argue it still maintains this character, which is inherited in its residents’ life style and worldviews and which one might describe as more progressive and alternative. I think this is something that is hard to describe but if you take a walk in the area you will probably feel this aura hovering in the air.
To visit Majorna, the easiest way is by tram. The line 11 with direction to Saltholmen, goes there, as well as tram 3 with direction to Marklandsgatan and tram 9 with direction to Kungssten.