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"Skansen: Old Swedish Town" Skansen Tip by Pieter11

Skansen, Stockholm: 111 reviews and 239 photos

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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.

Address: Djurg?rdssl?tten 49-51
Directions: When you enter Skansen, follow the clockwise route to get to the Old Swedish Town.
Phone: 442 80 00

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 27, 2006
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