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Skansen is an open-air museum and zoo in Sweden. It is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Djurgårdsslätten 49-51

Stockholm, 11521,


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Stockholm Attractions – Experience these places on your holiday

Mar 7, 2022

March 7, 2022 1. Old Town Stockholm’s Old Town, Gamla Stan, is the most famous attraction in the Swedish capital. Narrow streets, colorful houses and atmospheric little boutiques and cafés make the old town a very charming destination. As its name implies, Stockholm’s Old Town is the oldest part of the city, and the well-preserved medieval district dates back to 1252. The Old Town is home to the Royal Palace, the Nobel Museum Nobel Museums and the Riddarhuset, some of Stockholm’s attractions. Visit Sweden / Simon Paulin The atmosphere of the old town charms most visitors. Stockholm’s Old Town is an easy destination for tourists, and the atmosphere is easily accessible even if you just walk through the district. The central location of the area makes the visit easy, as the old town is located between the popular districts of Södermalm and Norrmalm. Thanks to this, you can pop in the Old Town for Stockholm Shopping Day, for example. 2. The Royal Castle Stockholm’s Royal Palace is a handsome attraction that most visitors to the city want to see. The castle is open to the public, making it easy to visit. The palace has more than 600 rooms, including the Treasure Chamber and the Armory. In addition, visitors can visit the five museums in the Royal Palace. Shutterstock The Royal Palace is located next to Stockholm’s Old Town. The palace was built for the most part in the 18th century on the same site where The Kronor burned down as a reindeer in 1697. The building style is Italian Baroque, and the castle is a very spectacular and architecturally impressive attraction. Typically, the Royal Palace in Stockholm can also be followed by a change of guard, which is a fun program number for tourists of all ages. 3. Gröna Lund Sweden’s most famous amusement park, Gröna Lund, is a summer destination located right next to central Stockholm on the island of Djurgården. The amusement park is open from March to April and offers about 30 amusement park facilities for all ages. Visit Sweden Gröna Lund is also a popular venue, with plenty of world-class concerts. 4. Avicii Arenan Sky View -hissi Avicii Arena’s Sky View lift, one of Stockholm’s most memorable landscapes, is an experience that elevates visitors to an altitude of around 130 meters along the Avicii Arena, formerly known as the Ericsson Globen Arena. With the help of a glass ball-like gondola, visitors can see the landscape spread over Stockholm, which does not leave it cold. Shutterstock The special shape of the Avicii Arena stands out in the Stockholm skyline. Round glass domes, or Sky View elevators, rise along the facade of the building. It is advisable to book less than an hour for the visit. The actual gondola ride takes about half an hour, but before that, visitors get to see a video of the arena. The Sky View Gondolas also have a restaurant, café and souvenir shop. 5. Vasa-museo The Vasa Museum, dedicated to the warship Vasa, is a fascinating destination for a wide range of travelers. Visitors are especially attracted to the ship’s story: the Vasa ship sank on its maiden voyage off Stockholm in 1628 and was lifted to the surface a whopping 333 years later. Visit Sweden / Ola Ericson There are enough details in the Vasa ship. The ship was restored for about 50 years, and thanks to meticulous work, more than 95 percent of the ship is original. Since the 69-meter ship is full of detailed decorations, there is plenty to look at. The Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in all of Scandinavia, and the story of the sunken ship fascinates visitors from all over the world. The museum is located on the island of Djurgården. 6. Skansen Also located on the island of Djurgården, Skansen is the world’s largest open-air museum, where you can learn about Swedish history and ancient customs. The area is especially known for its singing program Sing-along at Skansenwhich is recorded during the summer. Shutterstock At Skansen’s open-air museum, you can find out what life has been like in Sweden at different times. Founded in 1891, the open-air museum showcases Swedish life from five centuries. Skansen is open all year round and hosts a wide range of events, including concerts, folk dances and the annual Christmas market. There is an entrance fee to the area, the price of which varies depending on the season. 7. Drottningholm Palace Just over 10 kilometers from central Stockholm, Drottningholm Palace is a 17th-century castle that is also home to the Swedish royal family. The building is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shutterstock Drottningholm Palace is located just outside central Stockholm, but offers plenty of interesting sights. Each royal has left its mark on the palace, which houses halls built in the style of different centuries. The impressive Baroque garden dates back to 1681 and is definitely worth a visit all year round. Both the palace and the park are open to visitors. The apartments in the southern part of the palace are reserved for members of the royal family, but there are numerous places in the building that are accessible to outsiders. 8. Abba-museum Sweden’s best-known band Abba got its own museum in 2013, when Abba the museum opened in Djurgården. Despite its name, the museum is much more than a traditional museum, as you can not only see a lot of Abba’s records, performance costumes and other props there, the museum is also experiential. Shutterstock / Massimo Todaro The Abba Museum offers experiences, including for non-band fans. During the visit, visitors can try out their costumes virtually and record their own Abba performance to commemorate the visit. >> Read also: This is the Abba Museum in Stockholm – record your own version of Mamma Mia or become the fifth member of Abba 9. Junibacken Beloved Swedish author Astrid Lindgrenin Junibacken, based on characters and stories, is a fairytale world for the whole family, where both Peppi Pitkätossu and Vaahteramäki’s Eemel come to life. Junibacken, loved by children, is a real world of adventure, where the little ones in the family can enjoy themselves all day long. Shutterstock In Junibacken, you can visit Peppi Pitkätossu’s Huvikumpu, for example. The fairytale train transports visitors from one story to another, but in Junibacken you can visit Huvikumpu and enter the world of storybooks. There is also a fun children’s theater and a huge bookstore in the area. Junibacken also has the Moomin Valley. 10. Photographic The Fotografiska Museum of Photography, located right in front of the Old Town, is a large museum with four large and 20 smaller exhibitions each year. Fotografiska hits the route of most Finnish tourists in Stockholm, as it is located right next to the Viking Line terminal. In connection with photography, there is also a high-quality restaurant and a rooftop café with an impressive view of Stockholm. The location of the museum is ideal, especially for passengers arriving on the Viking Line, as the museum is located right next to the ship terminal. >> Read more tips for the Stockholm Beach Ball Destination Guide! Text: Inka Khanji

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  • When was Skansen founded?

    Skansen was founded in 1891.

  • Where is Skansen's headquarters?

    Skansen's headquarters is located at Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, Stockholm.

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