Skansen is an open air museum and zoo in Stockholm, and was founded in the late 19th century by Artur Hazelius as a branch of the Nordic Museum. Its purpose is to show the different ways of life in of Sweden before the industrialization. After scouring the country, Hazelius bought around 150 houses and had them deconstructed and shipped to the site of the museum, where they were rebuilt to illustrate the spectrum of life in traditional Sweden. Only three of the buildings are not authentic, but they were scrupulously copied in full detail from historical models.
Skansen expanded tenfold since its inception, and now features various houses and workshops where you can experience traditional craftsmanship, such as butter making, weaving, shoemaking, and glass blowing. There is also a zoo containing a wide range of Nordic animals including the bison, brown bear, moose, gray seal, otter, red fox, reindeer, and wolverine. Come experience living history and culture at this charming and educational Swedish attraction.
Bus came about every 45 min. gave enough time to spend at each spot. Started an hour earlier while our ship was in port
Great way to get an over all on the city. Had free wifi as well. that was a big plus for me as I had an ipad with me.
Great way to see the city! However our guide talked too much about bars instead of sights or history.
We could not have asked for more on this tour. The drivers were very very helpful and understanding of our needs. There were ten of us from a Fred Olsen cruise with limited time so they started a morning tour at 8.30am instead of 10am; what's more, Jan Stollberg the driver, took us to some extra places of interest before getting back on normal route at 10am. Top class!!
Skansen open-air museum is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm on a hill. In the winter the site's central Bollnäs square is home to a popular Christmas market and in the summer the site plays host to folk dancing and concerts.