Visitors can explore Sweden's past at the Skansen open-air museum, the oldest in the world, where historical buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries have been relocated from around the country. The exhibits include a full replica of a 19th-century town complete with craftsmen in period dress who demonstrate the art of tanning, shoemaking, baking and glass-blowing; many shops are avaialble to visitors, selling everything from blown glass to cinnamon buns. Skansen is also home to an aquarium and the World of Monkeys within the Skansen Zoo, which focuses on Scandinavian animals such as reindeer, wolverines, elk, lynx and brown bears. Every December the central square hosts a Christmas market that attracts thousands of visitors every weekend.
Telephone: (0)8 442 8000
Transport: Bus 47 from Central Station, vintage tram 7, or ferry from Gamla stan
Opening times: Daily 10am-10pm (20 June to August), 10am-8pm (May to 19 June and September), 10am-4pm (March, April and October); the rest of the year 10am-3pm (until 4pm on weekends). Market days 11am-5pm on weekends.
Admission: June to August: SEK 120 (adults), SEK 50 (children 6-15); admission is reduced the rest of the year, but varies according to season. Separate fees for aquarium and funicular railway.