Skansen was the word’s first open-air museum when it was founded in 1891 on the island of Djurgården. This unique attraction allows you to take a walk through time and interact with Sweden’s past. Five centuries of history are represented in the folk village, topped off with actors living the daily lives of those from the 16th-20th centuries.
The world’s first open-air museumWalk from the farmsteads in the south to the Sami camps in the north and discover social conditions from the past, as well as native animals and ancient traditions. The buildings found inside have been moved here from across the country in order to give you a taste of what it would have been like to live in a different time in Sweden. Over 150 different homesteads and constructions have found their way to Skansen to be displayed, making this a village with something interesting on every corner. See the pottery workshop, shoemaker’s shop, bakery and more. Inside you will find guides dressed in traditional costumes that can answer your questions and tell you exciting stories about the past.
Sweden’s furry friendsA very popular destination within Skansen is the zoo. It isn’t every day that you get to see so many Scandinavian animals all in one place. Meet moose, wolves, wolverines, lynx cats and bears, as well as many other species. In the children’s petting zoo, the young ones are welcome to go into the animal enclosures and pet their favorites. There are around 75 different species here, so you are sure to fall in love with at least one of them, if not all. Skansen also has an aquarium for those that want to see more wildlife. See underwater species and then check out the World of Monkeys. You can meet animals like bats, monkeys, coral, fish, crocodiles and lizards and you are allowed to play with the lemurs.
Food and a spot of shoppingChances are you will want to spend the whole day here, so you are welcome to eat at one of their themed restaurants. Be served traditional food at one of the taverns, have cakes and drinks at Gubbhyllan or take the family to the self-serving cafeteria-style Skansen Terrassen. If you would like some souvenirs from your trip, then drop by one of the workshops or the Museum Shop and pick up crafted glass and ceramics, handmade plates and tapestries.
A stop at Skansen is the most comprehensive way to learn about Sweden’s past and is a joy from beginning to end. When visiting this open-air museum, be sure to have comfortable and modern accommodation to come back to by booking Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm.