The town quarter has a cluster of old wooden town houses, many of which house workshops & people demonstrating various crafts including glassblowing, saddle making and pottery. One of the buildings houses a typical grocery store which explains the broom projecting from the outside, this was apparently the traditional sign of a grocers! I loved the cobbled streets and seeing the demonstrations
The first place we came across when we reached the top of the hill was this rose garden with gorgeous views over the city. The gardens pavillion used to be belong to Emmanuel Swedenborg, a philosopher and scientist
There are two entrances to the park. We weren't sure where we were going and got off the bus at the Hazelius Gate [see pic] which is the first one you pass on the bus/tram, but the main entrance is further on, right across from Grona Lund. The entrance fee for adults is 110 SEK
Our first day was spent at this outdoor museum on Djurgarden. I LOVED it! So much to see and do there so if you get a good sunny day like we did, you can really spend a whole day just exploring. There are 150 buildings in the park that show how both landowners and peasants would have lived with traditional crafts, and native flora & fauna. Definitely a fab place for a day out
There are many things you can do in Stockholm that don't cost anything. One year I bought a year-card on Skansen to go there with my little son, but I discovered after a while that what he wanted to do on Skansen was not to look at the animals over and over again. No, he wanted to play in the playground, run with the minicars etc. So I started to go to a "4H-farmyard" instead where it didn't cost anything. They had animals and a playground - everything my son wanted and that was enough for him! We usually went to Björklunds Hage but there are still more 4H-farmyards in Stockholm. You can certainly get a current list of them from the tourist office. Here is a list in Swedish.
On Björklunds Hage for example there are sheep, horses, hens, goats etc. The children can also play in a playing ground. You can have picnic with your family in the grass etc.
An open-air museum and an animal park. There are 150 historical buildings which have been moved here from different parts of Sweden. The animals come from the northern country. There is also a mini-zoo, called "Lillskansen" during the summer.
Besides there are mini-cars, a tivoli, horses to ride on etc for children.
Cirkus Brage (this is a link from 2000, so please check if the information is the same now!) for children in "Bragehallen" Sundays at 12 am and 2 pm, every Sunday until Eastern (2005). You can buy tickets in "Bragehallen" half an hour before for 10 kr
Skansen is usually open every day of the year, except Christmas Eve.
Skansen is located on the island of Djurg?rden, not far from Gr?na Lund, Vasamuseet, Nordiska Museet and Aquaria, bus stop Skansen.
Skansen is the oldest open-air museum in the world, founded in 1891. Skansen is also a zoological park. It is located on the island of Djurgården, a royal park near the centre of Stockholm. Skansen is open every day of the year, except Christmas Eve.
There is so much moore to do then look at animals. Look at the website for moore information (in english).
ALSO SEE MY VIDEOS AND TRAVELOGUES OF SKANSEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At Tooshio's recommendation above what I had to planned to see with my remaining time of my last afternoon in Stockholm, I headed in to the Skansen museum.
What an excellent excellent place!! This is a must see - and as it is is the most popular museum in Sweden and set a precedence for outdoor museums of its kind - actually the name Skansen became the meaning for 'outdoor museum'.
This excellent place creates such a place for obtaining an insight into things Swedish - housing, farming and living styles that may vary from area to area around Sweden, as is typical of any country, have been recreated right here at Skansen with actual buildings from previous centuries brought to and rebuilt here, right down to staff donned in the actual costumes that would be worn in that locality. This also includes homes and exhibits on the native Sami peoples.
Not only houses, farming set ups and mills, but also animals from all over Sweden are here in its excellent zoo.
You can see up close moose!, swedish reindeer, wolves, wolverines, brown bears, european bison, foxes, huge grey owls, all seeming happy in their recreated natural environments.
And to top it off you can get entertained with folk dancing and music - in the usual very colourful garb and get ups!
A few of the shops closed earlyish at 5pm but most, including the costumed and very helpful and informative staff, were present in the buildings for visiting until 7pm. The folk entertainment went on til about 8pm - which was great when daylight hours continue on til 9-9.30 pm.
The Tobacco & Match Museum is a museum of industrial and cultural history with extensive collections detailing the history of Swedish tobacco and matches.
The Tobacco Museum was founded in 1938. The objects collected came from some of the hundreds of tobacco factories operating in Sweden prior to 1915, when the tobacco monopoly was instituted.
In 1965, the Tobacco Museum moved to Skansen, and in 2000, it was complemented with a match-related section and changed its name to the Tobacco & Match Museum. The museum is run with the financial support of Swedish Match AB, which also owns the collections.
3-3 and half hours will be Ok but it will be a quick look around, as it is pretty big, but not over big. There are lots of shops and farmsteads that can be visited, aswell as glassworks etc so it depends on how you want to see it. If it is windy you will feel it a little more up there on the hill that Skansen is situated on. Sure Skansen is a family place, but it is more than that, and if you are interested in getting a taste of how Sweden looked in the past, AND how parts of it still look now, then it is a good place to be. Although there are nordic animals there, you do tend to feel a bit sorry for them, the wolves pace a lot, and the moose just look sooo depressed!
The ferry between Djurgården and Gamla Stan goes every 15 minutes, so it is never so long to wait, and it takes about 15 minutes to travel to Gamla Stan.
"Skansen is like a miniature Sweden. The old farmsteads and houses have been brought here from all over the country. They are seen surrounded by gardens and cultivated patches that are typical of the time and place. You can also see wild animals, mainly from Scandinavia, and rare breeds of farm animals. There are trees and plats here from all parts of Sweden".
So, you take bus 47. A convenient bus stop is just outside Sweeden's House, the Tourist Information Center, so you go there, they give you the info ("take bus 47") and you go out and make use of it. The bus passes very frequently, like every 5 mins.
When it reaches the island you might start asking yourself where to hop off. Well, don't, wait until it reaches the end. You get out and the park entrance is just there. You go to the counter. You buy your ticket, they give you a map and you start wondering around.
The place is marvelous. If you go to the right you will see the animals first - wolves, bears,wolves, elks... Three newborn bears were there when we arrived, and they were sooo cute as they were jumping here and there.
And then going round, you reach the glassworks, pottery, the bakehouse and all. All shops are also selling products. Outside the bakehouse there was a line of people who, as we did, were leaded there by the smell. We saw how they make them, and then we ate them. Mmm.
All over the park there are places where you can have a rest, drink a coffee, have something to eat - the map provided at the entrance is very helpful.
Some things to consider:
*Take some water with you before entering if you come early - the park opens at 10.00am but the coffee shops open at 11.00am and the restaurants at 12.00am.
I asked at the "Solliden" restaurant, 10.55pm, where can I find some water and she said I should wait for the coffee shop to open. Well... she could have given me a glass from the tap, non? But she didn't, so, bring your own;
*At the zoo area there is this little kiosk selling souvenirs and animal toys. The collection is not the one expected, not the animals that you see in this zoo.
I wanted to buy something for the kids, relevant to the park. I chose a bear - there was not a brown bear, the only available was a polar one, but, ok my daughter could live with that. I bought a moose for my son. Hopefully it was supposed to be a Sweden moose, no? After all The elk/moose is the largest mammal in Sweden. And then I check the tags: "Moose live in the northern-most regions of North America". Huh? Well, the products are of a US company, fabriqued in China. If this is not globalization, then what is :D.
*There is NO ticket discount for SL Tourist Card holders.
During our visit in the city I had a Time Out - Stockholm guide with me. Very useful. And there I read: "SL Tourist Card also provides free travel,...., plus 50 per cent off Skansen". We go to the Tourist Information Center, Sweden's house, first thing before we start seeing things around, I ask the lady if this is the case, she says yes. But when I reach Skansen and ask for the discount, the lady tells me "no, sorry, this used to be but not anymore". Really disappointing, I was counting this discount when considering buying this card, so it seemed good - but for two days that we had to spend in Stockholm, given this fact, the value for money relation of the card was not that good anyway. Oh well...
Skansen is an outdoor cultural museum that the entire family will enjoy. There are exhibits from all over Sweden, workshops , demonstrations like glassbllowing, folk dance performances, a zoo with some unusual animals, homes to tour and interesting food!
It's a little like Disneyland without the rides or Mickey!
I'll divide Skansen into 3 parts:
(1) Skansen-Akvariet: not just fish, but also snakes, spiders, scorpions, lemurs (oh so cute), frogs, parrots as well as some small mammals. Last year they borrowed 2 koalas: Teddy and Freddy from San Diego zoo and this year they have 2 squirrels: Piff and Puff (the Swedish version of Chip & Dale). There's a "petting corner" (klapp & kram-hörna) where you get to touch and pet a snake and a spider. At the entrance of the aquarium there's an environment where lemurs run wild amongst us humans :)
(2) Skansen the "mini zoo": I call it mini zoo because they don't have as many animals as other zoos, without being less interesting because of this. You'll see brown bears, lynxes, foxes, wolves...animals that are common in the Nordic countries. There's also pony rides for the small ones, horses, a butterfly garden and birds.
(3) Skansen the open air museum: it shows environments from ancient Sweden.
Come with time because this place is BIG!
When you are at Skansen, you must consider visiting the Skansen Akvariet (Skansen Aquarium) as well. You have to pay an extra entrance fee in addition to the entrance to Skansen, but I think it is worth it, as it is a little but very nice aquarium. You can see all kinds of exotic animals here, like flesh-eating piranha, crocodiles, spiders, snakes, bats, fishes, monkeys and many other breeds. It really is a small but fun little zoo where you can see all kinds of small animals from creepy to cute.
Entrance fee: Adults 75 SEK, 6 - 15 years 40 SEK, 0 - 5 years free. (NB: you have to pay entrance to Skansen open air museum as well, see previous tip)
Skansen is a great place for families. There is a zoo, a tivoli, childens shows, restaurants and lots of old charming buildings. But I also recommend the ferry that takes you to Skansen, it gives you a great view of the Stockholm from the sea.