Best of Gothenburg – Hagabadet

Follow me around Gothenburg this spring. I’ve plans to show you some random favorite places/people/things of mine. Point-wise, in a subjective way, high and low. I’ll start kind of high with this brilliant place – Hagabadet.

A place to go to gather energy and be pampered, mentally and physically. The range of people who comes here is wide. Not all of them younger and cuter – there is young and old. We have really young ones (baby swim toddlers), really old ones too. Students, richer ones. Fun, odd, interesting people. All kinds. We stood there a couple of weeks ago Anna and me, in the Egg swimming pool (Ägget), doing water gymnastics. There’s a first time for everything.

This place is calm. If you don’t do classes you come here to rest. In a spectacular Art Nouveau environment.


Details we like, drying cabinets from the old days (Hagabadet was originally built 1876). The cabinet was connected to a chimney – the heat from the boiler got the visitors socks dry.

Ok turned out like an ad or something this post with stock-like images and everything. But it’s ok. I’m over 40 so I can do what I want.


46 Responses to Best of Gothenburg – Hagabadet

  1. minna says:

    Wow, nice looking place. We have slightly similar place in Helsinki, an old swimming hall with atmosphere like here, it´s my favorite swimming hall. They have certain days for men and female ; ) and you can swim nude, if you like.

    • Elisabeth says:

      Sounds great Minna. We have a “nude place” in Gothenburg as well “Salt Holmen Kallbadhus”. But it’s more like a nude beach: I’ll have to do a post about that place too further on.’s my plan to finally get there this year.

    • jenna says:

      minna, i thought of the exact same place. the uimahalli on yrjönkatu is really similar to this! i love swim halls so.

  2. rike says:

    beautiful pics of a beautiful place … but what i like the most is your last sentence. i’ll cross out the 40 and replace it with a 30 to make my day ;)


  3. Helena says:

    Spectacular indeed! I do hope I’ll come to Gothenburg, and Hagabadet some day.

  4. Merja says:

    It looks beautiful. I thought you photographed it beautifully but then again I’m over 40 too ;)

    I’m looking forward to more posts about your favourite places. I have an uncle who lives in Göteborg, and other relatives too, and I really should come there one of these days.

  5. annton says:

    wonderful pictures! I am over fourty too and your quote made me smile on a very grey Berlin morning. off to doing what I want!

  6. sofia says:

    verkligen något extra! långt ifrån badhuset jag brukar besöka med kakel och ruschbanor så lång ögat når. kul såklart, men tänk att få simma med den där utsikten!!

  7. beautiful! I think I need to spend more time in beautiful buildings and rooms! it is like breathing in inspiration

  8. bmo says:

    vilket vackert ställe…det utstrålar verkligen lugn eller så kommer det an på den skickliga fotografen?

    • Elisabeth says:

      “Var vänlig att respektera tystnaden” står det på sina håll. Detta gäller förstårs inte i Sumba- och spinningsalarna. Men nog respekteras tystnaden där den efterfrågas. Lugnet kommer på köpet.

      Tack för smicker ;)

  9. Patrice A. says:

    oh my, this looks so, so beautiful!
    all those details
    that egg-shape bath
    the painted walls
    that beautiful wooden floor
    it’s nothing like our swimming pool

  10. P. says:

    Looks like an amazing place. Is it open for everyone? I mean, if I come to Gothenburg can I go? Would love to!

  11. Mirna says:

    How beautiful it is ! It reminds me buildings in Budapest .I think i’ll love your guide because it will be subjective ! I hope i’ll go to Gothenburg one day( with your guide in my hand).
    And i’d love to see my town (Paris) through your eyes.

  12. bliss says:

    hahaha “i’m over 40 and can do what i want” is my new favorite thing to say, thank you! beautiful photos, beautiful pooooool oh my!!!

  13. Sonja says:

    It looks so silent and friendly.
    I´m looking forward to see more Best of Gothenburg Posts.

  14. Anna Conway says:

    Wow!!! Lovely!!! I want to go there!

  15. Kathleen says:

    the spa looks lovely and you don’t look like you’re forty! miss seeing pictures of your country house…so magical.

    • Elisabeth says:

      Oh we miss our place too. We’ll go there some time in the end of Mars, at the earliest. Even if the weather is mild in Sweden now, for being this time of the year, it would be far to cold for us there now. Thanks for flatter me ;)

  16. Sara says:

    I love this! My grandnephew and his folks go to a modern-day club similar to this- I was “Auntie Paparazzi” there at Christmas time. a great place to take family photos.

  17. Sara says:

    and thanks especially for showing us around Gothenburg- what a nice thing for you to do!

  18. Rona Chang says:

    I love this post because I am very partial to swimming pools and places for people to gather and sit in bodies of water. The interior is amazing.

  19. Mimmi says:

    Looks so peaceful and inviting. I could book a trip to Gothenburg at once only to visit Hagabadet ha ha. What a beautiful place!

  20. A pretty stunning place to go for a swim. It’s so beautiful. Looking forward to seeing more of Gothenburg!

  21. Uli says:

    Det ser så fint ut! Önskar också vi hade något sånt här i skåne, men alla bad är gamla och mögliga! Badet i Lund håller på att byggas om, men jag fruktar att det först kommer bli färdigt då jag kanske kommer lämna staden. Så kan det gå! Men kanske jag ska flytta till gtb då…håhå

  22. dani says:

    i love these pics. they remind me a bit of centralbadet in stockholm.. :-)

  23. Ariane says:

    Dear Elisabeth,
    your are over 40 and can do what you want, hurray!
    I like your self-portrait with the cycles… is there something like pretty defiance in your look.

    And: It seems to me that I’ve found on this blog your living room?

    x Ariane.

  24. Alex Fulton says:

    Love the first image. All of them very cool. And yes I agree, who cares! Well done and love your work!

  25. Inger Marie says:

    Such a beautiful place! Looking very much forward to see more of Gothenburg’s secrets – I didn’t know at all that the city hosts such a fantastic bath.

  26. Fridasfina says:

    Ser fantastiskt ut! Och jag tycker nästan det blev som en liten pr-kupp för att fylla 40, med den attityden är det ju inte utan att man längtar efter att bli äldre! :)

  27. Hanne says:

    Love the last sentence! And your blog, of course. :)

  28. manda says:

    hehe…elisabeth i’m turning 40 eeek on march 8th 4 more sleeps and i am so happy now because i will be able to do whatever i want.

  29. {gemmifer} says:

    Oh my goodness… I wish we had someplace as beautiful and calming where I live. Your photos really convey the mood of the center.

  30. emma says:

    herregud vad glad man blir när en inrättning som denna får stå kvar såhär orörd – men ändå uppdaterad med så små medel, utan att sabba ursprunget. älskar det. skitfint!

  31. ha ha! i have to laugh about the water gymnastics! its fun though and suprisingly tiresome.
    who cares when you are in such a beautiful place!
    x stephanie

  32. Charlyn W says:

    Gosh, I really do not know how I missed this wonderful post, but this place is magical!

  33. Jill says:

    What a beautiful place! I want to go there and hang out.
    If I do come, watch out! I’m just over 50!

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