Liseberg to start work on water park and hotel expansion

Liseberg Amusement Park in Gothenburg, Sweden is about to start work on a major expansion that will include a new water park, destination hotel and more parking.

The hotel will have more than 450 guest rooms over 30,000sqm while the water park will be able to accommodate 2,800 guests across 18,000sqm with space for ten water slides and pools.

Work is due to commence on the parking facility later this month, completing in 2019. The hotel and water park are expected to complete between 2021 and 2023. Construction firm NCC has been selected for the NKR2bn ($229m) contract.

Thomas Sjöstrand, CEO of Liseberg’s development company, said: “Liseberg is one of the most popular destinations in the Nordic region and we are constantly striving to develop the amusement park to make it attractive for our more than 3 million annual visitors.

“This is a major investment in a new water park, which will be open all year round, and a themed destination hotel directly adjacent to the park.”

Andreas Andersen, CEO of Liseberg, told Blooloop in an interview last September that the water park will be mostly indoors, with a small outdoor section.

“The waterpark will be linked to the hotel,” he said. “But you don’t have to stay at the hotel, there will be a separate ticket for anybody that wants to visit.”

Anderson added that the hotel is important to Liseberg’s long-term survival. It will be aimed at family’s, unlike its current hotel.

“Hotel Liseberg Heden is basically a business hotel, and that is not why we exist. It’s also quite an old hotel,” he said.

“I believe a new and higher volume, more themed family hotel will be much more within the scope of what we do. But the land on which the existing hotel sits is valuable, it’s even closer to the centre of the city, so I think it’s most likely that the site will be developed at some point.”

Image: c. Liseberg Amusement Park.