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Stockholm & Skansen

The capital of Sweden, Stockholm, is an architecturally and culturally beautiful place set at the point where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea and its central district is set on 14 islands. Stockholm also includes the archipelago (Skärgård) that spreads out 60+ km into the Baltic Sea. A most unique and beautiful city that should be high on anyone’s list of travel destinations.

Around 30% of Stockholm is greenways and parklands and these provide a natural beauty that belies its size. There is plenty to offer like Gamla Stan (The Old City), Södermalm, Skansen, and wonderful villages like Vaxholm.

A walk around Stockholm soon reveals the secret to its layout in that it is made of a series of islands which in turn is part of the large archipelago (skärgård) which are numbered at 24,000.

Around the city, some highlights include the rustic and beautiful Gamla Stan (Old town), the Royal Palace, eclectic Södermalm, and Djurgården which is a highlight of any trip to Stockholm. On the island of Djurgården is Skansen, the wonderful outdoor museum.

Most cities and countries have them but very few deliver as well as Skansen; in fact the word commonly used as a European noun that means outdoor museum. Its creator, Artur Hazelius, was observant enough to see that the industrial revolution of the 1800’s was to the detriment of rural life and as such there was a need for cultural preservation of the traditions of Sweden and hence the concept of Skansen was born.

A highlight of any tour of Sweden (Sverige) is to visit the very beautiful city of Stockholm and a visiting the famous open air museum is a great way to get an insight into the culture and history of the Swedish people. It is especially helpful if one is to tour other areas of Sweden (Sverige) like Gotland, Sundsvall, and other areas in north and western Sweden.

The open-air museum on Djurgården, one of the many islands that make up Stockholm (the capital of Sweden), is an excellent display and preservation of tradition 19th century Swedish life. Traditional dressed craftsmen and residents occupy their period surroundings with great authenticity. It is one of those places that all people have fond memories of and is such an integral and ongoing part of Swedish life even being one of the hubs of televised summer concerts.

Early in the 19th century, before the open-air museum, Djurgården was just a wooded island and merchant by the name John Burgman built himself a summerhouse and beautiful garden at the top of the hill that afforded spectacular views of Stockholm. The place was given the name Skansen as it was next to a little fortress; in Swedish known as a ‘Skans”.

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Apothek

An old pharmacy (Apothek or Apotek) at Skensen outdoor museum in Stockholm Sweden.

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Timber & Cobbles #02

Wonderful textures of the red timber and cobblestones are further enahanced by the afternoon winter light at Skansen outdoor museum. Skansen was the first of its kind when it opened in 1891.

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Timber & Cobbles #02

Wonderful textures of the red timber and cobblestones are further enahanced by the afternoon winter light at Skansen outdoor museum. Skansen was the first of its kind when it opened in 1891.

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Timber & Cobbles #01

Wonderful textures of the red timber and cobblestones are further enahanced by the afternoon winter light at Skansen outdoor museum. Skansen was the first of its kind when it opened in 1891.

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Stockholm Light #02

Winter light illuminates the beautiful architecture along the Strandvägen, Östermalm, as viewed from the bridge joining Östermalm to Djurgården, the location of Skansen (The historic and famous outdoor museum which was the first of its kind in the world when it opened in 1891)

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Stockholm Light #01

Winter light illuminates the beautiful architecture along the Strandvägen, Östermalm, as viewed from the bridge joining Östermalm to Djurgården, the location of Skansen (The historic and famous outdoor museum which was the first of its kind in the world when it opened in 1891)

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AF Chapman

An old square-rigged sailing ship, the AF Chapman, which is used is a youth hostel, moored on the bank of Skeppsholmen. Stockholm Sweden.

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Gamla Stan Bike

A bicycle is parked against the wall in one of Gamla Stan’s beautiful streets. The ‘Old Town’ is a ‘must-see’ area of Stockholm with its cobblestone road and rustic coloured walls. Stockholm Sweden.

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Gamla Stan Kids

Children play in one of the many beautiful streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town), with its cobblestone road and rustic coloured walls. Stockholm Sweden.

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Gamla Stan 02

A beautiful street of Gamla Stan (Old Town), with its cobblestone road and rustic coloured walls. Stockholm Sweden.

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Gamla Stan 01

A beautiful street of Gamla Stan (Old Town), with its cobblestone road and rustic coloured walls. Stockholm Sweden.

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Stockholm Beauty

The low winter sun casts a wonderful illumination on the waterway between Gamla Stan and Skeppsholmen, Stockholm , Sweden

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Motor Boats

An iconic sign on the esplanade, just beside Skeppsbrokajen, that travels along the Gamla Stan waterfront.

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Chapman Glow

With winter setting in, the Swedish capital of Stockholm shows its beauty in the light of the winter sun with pedestrians walking along a foot-bridge with the ‘Chapman’ square rigged ship in the background.

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Stockholm Glow #01

With winter setting in, the Swedish capital of Stockholm shows its beauty in the light of the winter sun.

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Stockholm Glow #01

With winter setting in, the Swedish capital of Stockholm shows its beauty in the light of the winter sun.

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Reflection 2

Before street signs, shops would adorn their roofs with the symbol of their craft. Here, outside the Järnhandlarens hus (Ironmonger’s House) is the Black Smiths icon and reflection. Stadskvarteren (Town Quarter) Skansen Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden Sverige.

#skansen

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Reflection 1

Before street signs, shops would adorn their roofs with the symbol of their craft. Here, outside the Järnhandlarens hus (Ironmonger’s House) is the Black Smiths icon and reflection. Stadskvarteren (Town Quarter) Skansen Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden Sverige.

#skansen

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Bowser

An old petrol bowser outside the Järnhandlarens hus (Ironmonger’s House) is the Black Smiths icon and reflection. Stadskvarteren (Town Quarter) Skansen Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden Sverige.

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Rikstelefon Skansen

An iconic Rikstelefon (National Telephone) booth located near the entrance of Skansen outdoor museum in Stockholm, Sweden.