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History museum, historic village, zoo, park
Founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius Skansen is a one-stop cultural tour of Sweden. The 150-plus traditional buildings – homes, shops, churches, barns and workshops – are organized as a miniature Sweden, with buildings from the north of the country at the north, those from the middle in the middle, and so on.
Most of the structures, situated along paths lined with elm, oak and maple trees, date from the 18th and 19th centuries. The striking 14thcentury Norwegian storage hut that overlooks Djurgårdsbrunnsviken is the oldest; newest is the ironmonger’s shop and the co-op grocery store from the 1930s. Most complete is the 1850s quarter, with cobble stoned streets and artisans' workshop. Watch them work, then buy the proceeds. Nearly all of the buildings are original and were moved here whole or piece by piece from all over Sweden.
Animals from all over Scandinavia, including brown bears, moose and wolves, are kept along the northern cliff in natural habitats. There’s also a petting zoo with goats, hedgehogs and kittens, and an aquarium/zoo.
Hunger pangs can be satisfied at a variety of eating places; the cafeteria-style Restaurang Solliden serves classic Swedish dishes and has a wonderful view of Djurgården and southern Stockholm. Skansen is a popular destination on Sweden’s national holidays since most of them, including Midsummer and Lucia, are celebrated here in traditional style.
Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, Stockholm
Phone: +46 (0)8 4428000
Open Hours: Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec 10am-3pm Mon-Fri; 10am- 4pm Sat, Sun; Mar, Apr, Oct 10am-4pm daily; Maymid June 10am-8pm daily; mid June-Aug 10am-10pm daily; Sept 10am-5pm daily. Special opening hours during Christmas; call for details.
Price: Cost money