Easily one of Stockholm’s most popular attractions taking up a sizable chunk of the island of Djurgården, Skansen is the world’s oldest open air museum.
It is a time machine back into the days of Sweden’s past with mock farmsteads and wooden houses from all over the country. Although stuck in the past, Skansen also moves throughout the year as its activities and aesthetic chime with the changing seasons.
The summer is full of singing and dancing, making the most of near-constant daylight, while the winter is dark and cold, but made all the better with cozy Christmas markets.
Alongside the many huts and mini-museums are a zoo with Nordic animals, a Baltic Sea aquarium and, somewhat incongruously, an “Our Africa” feature replete with monkeys and exotic birds.