At this open-air museum, Skansen exhibits many buildings showing historical living. Walking through Skansen was enjoyable, like taking a stroll through an 1800 town. There's also a good view of the city. The best part of Skansen is the Nordic animals. I was really surprised by how active all the animals were. It was better than all the zoos I'm used to where the animals are either sleeping or too far away to even see. I really loved the moose! Since moose souveigners are everywhere, seeing an actual moose was awesome.
Stunning. Did not have time to do it all but i hope i captured the best of it.
Had a drink in old stle pub. Magic! And visited an old style church too. People were all dressed in old world clothes.
There were many old buildings, some had grass on roof! One building in particular made me think - it was a farm house, it said soldiers were placed on farms when there were no wars, and it was every soldiers dream to marry a farmers daughter and then take over the farm (and avoid future wars). Back in the day, Sweden had many wars, which it seems to have generally lost!
The other real good bit was the wild animals. Some seem to have been in hiding but you see elk, seals, bears, wolves, reindeers, boars and so much more!
Is def worth an hour or two!
Skansen is great, there are real size models of houses and farmsteads from different areas of Sweden, a model of a small village and even some workshops where one can observe craftsmen like carpenters etc' at their work.
There are also animals which can be found in Scandinavia like wolves, bears, wolverines, elks (they are huge by the way), raindeers and more, and the best things about it is that one is allowed to hunt, they have cooking facilities too (the last sentence was not written by me and I alienate myself from any consequenses it may or may not have on whoever follows it).
After arriving at Skansen, we were very dubious. First impressions were that it's very touristy and everyone seemed to be raving about it, but we didn't see how it was going to keep us amused for a couple of hours, let alone a whole day. However, time did fly by and being animal lovers, we enjoyed the interaction of the Akvariet (a small 'exotic animal' zoo which you had to pay extra to get in) and the indiginous zoo (spread over a large hilly area so be prepared for a lot of walking). My first time seeing real life brown bears and elks (wow - I loved these long limbed creatures!). Everything's very spread out and I didn't find the traditional buildings that impressive, however, before we knew it, the whole day had passed.
its anOpen-air museum, the oldest in the world, founded in 1891, combined with a zoological park and an aquarium.
it shows old Swedish architecture and lifestyles along with for example the Saami Culture and houses. All through the last century Skansen people travelled around the whole country, buying entire buildings and transporting them down to Stockholm.
For tourists to see and for the preservation of history.There is certainly a lot to be said about how cultural heritage in this way was taken away from their original surroundings, but done is done I guess, and surely some of the buildings wouldnt be in such a great shape today, had they stayed where they once stood.
(One farm that Skansen was interested in, but didnt get, was the farm Ystergårn in Hillsta west of Hudiksvall. This farm has been preserved on its original site, and if you travel by the county of Hälsingland, take the opportunity to visit this place. See my Hudiksvall page for more info on this!)
On the major holidays, there are traditional celebrations going on in Skansen. And remember:this may be your one chance to actually see a moose! :-)
The open air museum Skansen also features a zoo with exclusively northern animals like wolves, lynx, bears and otters. It is great fun to watch the bears climbing trees or playfully fighting each other.
The Skansen museum features old buildings from all over rural Sweden (including a Lapp tent with real reindeers). Reenactors perform crafts and explain how people worked before the machines took over. Skansen also has a small zoo with exclusively northern animals like wolves, lynx, bears and otters. It is great fun to watch the bears climbing trees or playfully fighting each other.
We chose to go to Skansen on New Years Eve because this is where they hold there celebrations, although it was so cold the nearer to 12 it got, because we had so much snow, that we chose to watch the rest from our hotel room on tv.
But whilest being at Skansen it was great to walk around in the snow with everywhere lit up, you can see a range of animals and with the old fashioned scandinavian houses it really makes it atmospheric and you feel like you have stepped back in time.
We waited until it got dark then watched some of the fireworks going off across the city, because you are high up you get a great view.
It really was just a surreal moment, standing there with it snowing, animals and fireworks around you. Plus its quite a large place so its very peaceful walking around as you dont see many people. Theres so much on offer there and its open all year round.
Skansen is an Open Air Museem (first in the world, established 1891) which shows you how the Swedes lived. It is very huge and you need some hours to see most of it. Take yourself this time and have a look at it. It's great!
Entrance was 50 SEK.
The last part of the great park of Skansen is the part with the animals: Mini-Skansen it is called. The first, and biggest part is filled with Scandinavian animals. Within Europe, Scandinavia has the biggest amount of wild, big animals, and all of these animals also live in Sweden.
The biggest attractions are the mooses: very typical Sweden. In Stockholm you'll see countless souvenirs with a moose-head. Here in Skansen you can see the real ones, and they are really big! Then there are the Bj?rn, as the Swedish call Brown Bears. In a nice shelter you can see mother bear living together with three little bears. It's a great experience to see those little ones play together.
Besides these animals you can also admire seals, lynx's and reigndeers. And if you are lucky and they want to show themselves (I wasn't lucky) you can also see wolves and beavers. The luck I did have was that I bumbed onto a very nice squirl who didn't mind posing for my camera...
Close to the entrance (and exit) of Skansen there is also a small part of the Zoo where they do not only show Scandinavian animals. Here you can see flamingo's, monkeys, other birds and nightanimals, and the biggest attraction here are the maki's. You can even enter the shelter (you do have to pay for that) but the chance of getting a good look at the animals is just as big from the outside as from the inside.
At the centre and the back of Skansen, you will leave the town of the park and enter the Swedish Countryside. Here you can see the majority of the more then 150 buildings that are moved to the park throughout the ages.
In this part of the park you can enjoy a lot of beautiful villages, just like they excited at the end of the 19th century in Sweden. The first part will show you a lot of farms, that are very original in their interior and exterior. Cupboards inside as well as fences outside, are all perfectly matching with the buildings, and here again, the people in the houses are all dressed up traditionally.
Just walking around you will see some windmills, and a watermill, that was used as a sawing factory. Close to here there is a beautiful stream with rocks and a trees covering it. Follow that stream upwards and you will end up at the village of the Samen people. These are the origininal inhabitants of the North of Scandinavia. Here you can see what a real wigwam looks like in their style. You will also meet some reigndeers, who are the beginning of the next part of Skansen, the Zoo.
But first you can also visit the front of the part, with some beautiful countryside houses, where the more rich people lived in. Spacious houses, with nice gardens around it. Close to here you will see an old clocktower and a very special church. This church, in the centre of the park, used to stand in the north of Sweden, but was moved here and was rebuilt piece by piece.
Skansen was the very first Open Air Museum in the world when it opened its doors in 1891. It shows what Sweden looked like in the 19th century. The museum is an absolute must-see for every visit to Stockholm. The park, roughly is separated into three parts:
- An Old Swedish Town
- The Swedish Countryside
- The Zoo (Mini-Skansen)
An Old Swedish Town
In this part of Skansen (when you enter the park to the left) you can enjoy a lot of old professions that are shown here in their original environment. In a street, with beautiful, old wooden houses, you will see an old bakery, a candle factory, a glassfactory, a carpentry factory, a pottery factory, a goldsmith, and so on.
The people are dressed in the original clothing, and inside the houses nothing tells you that you are actually in the 21th century. The streets have origninal pavements, the cars outside are made of wood, the lighting is provided by old, cast-iron lamps, and even the gardeners in the herbs-garden are using original tools.
You are free to take a look at whatever you like to see. No charge at the entrance. You only have the possibility to buy some handmade goods when you leave. This is one of the best things about Skansen: commerce is banned here. People are willing to pose for a picture, without demanding money for it, and you won't find hamburgers and hot-dogs inside the park.
I've only been to Skansen in the wintertime and this isn't the best time to be here. During summer the place comes alive, all kinds of events are going on, and it must be fun to walk around here in the summertime. In the winter it is very quiet and not much to do, so I can't really recommend in going here during that time of year, with the exception for the Skansen Aquarium, which is great. (see my next tip).
Skansen is an open-air museum with 150 historical buildings, handicraft, zoo, aquaria, etc. The open-air museum was founded in 1891 by Arthur Hazelius (1833-1901) for the purpose of showing how people had lived and worked in different parts of Sweden in times gone by. Over the years about 150 historic buildings have been moved here from nearly every part of Sweden. Most of them date from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors to the houses and farmsteads are met by hosts and hostesses in period costume. They often demonstrate domestic occupations, such as weaving and spinning.
Besides an open-air museum, Skansen is also a zoo, actually the world oldest, showing the typical Nordic animals like moose, reindeer, lynx, wolf, etc.
Opening hours: May 10 - 20, Jun - Aug 10 - 22, Sep 10 - 17, Oct - Apr 10 - 16. Historical building are open May - Sep 11 - 17, but only some buildings Oct - Apr 11 - 15.
Entrance fee: During the summer : Adults 80 SEK, 6 - 15 years 30 SEK. The entrance fee might differ, lower off season and higher on special days like midsummer and Swedish National day. There is an additional entrance fee for special exhibits like the aquarium. Free entrance with Stockholm Card.
The slithering one.....
Okay, let me introduce you to some of the 'cute' animals of the Skansen Aquarium. Some are a bit creepy though, hahaha, as this one from the snake collection. They are behind glass though, so not really something to worry about. Although.... I was here in the morning hours during a weekday in the winter, no one else to see around, hahaha, and I have to admit that felt a tiny bit creepy, lol.
If you are feeling courageous you might consider petting a giant spider or hugging one of the snakes! During high season they make it possible for you to pet and hug several animals.
Puh.... Let me sit in my sunshine..... ;-))
Some animals at the Skansen Aquarium were quite a character, like this 'up nosed' turtle in the second picture for example. Hahaha, it clearly felt itself too good for us, lol :-) It didn't give us one single look! And I could clearly hear it think.... Puh.... Let me sit in my sunshine..... ;-))
Skansen is Stockholm's largest and most popular outing destination. It's a beautiful park, it's an open air museum, and a wonderful zoo. You'll spen a great day here with the kids, or by yourself. A ferry from downtown will take you here.