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Skansen, Stockholm

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#2 of 294 in Museums in Sweden
Experience centuries of Swedish history through architecture, reconstructed farms, and live reenactments at Skansen, one of the world's first open-air museums. The property, established in 1891, boasts 150 houses and other buildings that have been moved from different parts of the country to this site as examples of regional style. Here Scandinavian traditions are upheld through craft making and Swedish celebrations. Take in views of Stockholm from this vantage point--kids will especially like the Stockholm zoo and children's zoo. After exploring the museum and watching living history actors in period dress, stop into the museum shop to purchase national specialties and handicrafts. To visit Skansen on your holiday in Stockholm, and find out what else Stockholm has to offer, use our Stockholm journey planner .
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  • August 20, 2017
    Bring the kids, stop to see the animals, great little shops. Food is a bit boring, but not bad by any means. Spend a quarter-day or a half-day here!  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    For children looks cool, animal Zoo and everything, but for adults is incredibly dull, a waste of time and money.
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  • August 20, 2017
    An interesting Ethnographic Park, where you can spend the whole day. A terrific Zoo! With deer, moose, bears, bizonami! Area with farm animals-pigs, sheep, geese, goats, horses will be very interesting for small children!
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  • The possibility of seeing so much of Sweden and what lives in the Swedish forests in a small, convenient place right in the middle of Stockholm? Awesome! To get to see how they did live and produce products in the past and be able to talk with them is really great; bakery, cooking, stores, smith shops, glass making, book binding, bread making, cloth making etc. That you can bring your own picnic can make for a picturesque time and photos with Stockholm skyline in the background. And don't forget the Fika!
  • One of the best open-air attractions in Stockholm! The level of preservation of the ancient houses is incredible! The zoo part of the park is great too, although not as good as its counterpart from other European cities. Worth visiting, but be ware to take the most comfortable sneakers available in your closet!
  • A beautiful and interesting museum. The animals and the buildings work perfectly together to create a highly enjoyable experience. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Swedish building history, as well as those with an interest in Scandinavian wildlife. It is easy to spend 3-4 hours here, families will find lots of options of things to do.
  • It's nice to take a walk among the old houses up here, it's quite peaceful and you get a nice view of Stockholm in several directions. As a bonus there are Nordic animals dotted around the place. Just make sure not to visit during school holidays when the place can be frantically busy. Most of it is outdoors, so pick a rainfree day if at all possible. Minus one star due to the facilities being pretty worn, a refurbish would be in order.
  • The place is great but just for summers. The best Mid-summer festival that I have seen. A wide range of animals and places to see there. In contrast, during winter time, everything is dark and almost no animals to see, even for Christmas markets. I really don't know why they dont put more street light there. Anyway, if you want to experience the darkness of the 18 century or even earlier, yes, you can visit it during winters.

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Where to stay in Stockholm

Glitzy Stockholm provides an abundance of high-end four-star hotels and international chains that come with a reputation of being pricey and feature a distinguished Scandinavian design. You can save yourself a little money by searching out the discounts these hotels often offer. If you're looking for something more affordable, consider the medium-priced hotels north of the Old Town. The least-expensive options lie near Central Station. Since offerings tend to be more affordable the farther you go from the city center, you'll serve yourself well to find a spot near public transport. Hostels in the city tend to fill up fast, so book online in advance. Many of hotels offer the
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