Stockholm Skansen Vala School Marie Andersson
The Vala School at Skansen. Photo: Marie Andersson

On the island of Djurgården, you’ll find the world’s oldest open-air museum combined with Stockholm Zoo. The museum brings together buildings from all over Sweden and has re-created small communities.  You’ll find a bakery, a manor house, a wooden church and a tinsmith’s workshop here but there’s also a feel for how Sweden’s arts, crafts and traditional industries emerged. It takes quite a while to see it all as the museum site is quite large but there are restaurants and café’s along the way. It felt to us like the whole of Sweden – and its history – condensed onto one island.  This is an extract from our free Stockholm City Guide.

Stockholm Skansen Skogaholm Manor Anna Yu
Skogaholm Manor at Skansen. Picture: Anna Yu

The big thing to remember when visiting Skansen is just how big it is and how long it will take you to experience it all.  We’d recommend that you allocate an entire day for your visit.  If your time in Stockholm is limited, this may seem like a big slice of your break, but it really is worth it. Skansen is open daily from 10am to 8pm in the summer (late June to late August) and from 10am to 4pm at most other times. Adult admisson varies depending on the time of year ranging from 130SEK to 70SEK (2011 prices). Admission to the aquarium is charged separately at 90 SEK for adults.

Stockholm Skansen Smithy Marie Andersson
The Smithy at Skansen, Stockholm. Picture: Marie Andersson


Address: Skansen, Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: +46 8442 8000

We walked to Skansen which takes about 35 minutes from the Central Stockholm.  By bus, number 44 runs to Skansen and by tram the service from Hamngata goes to Skansen. Another option is the Blue Route on the Stockholm Hop-on, Hop Off  Tour which stops at Skansen.


Stockholm Pass – Free admission to Skansen
Skansen – Official website
Stockholm Hop-on, Hop Off  Tour – Blue Route stops at Skansen
Hotels near Skansen – Lowest Prices guaranteed at
Skansen – Wikipedia
Things To Do In Stockholm – The full list of tours and activities