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Founded in 1891, Skansen is not only the world's first open-air museum, but also its oldest. The attraction illustrates five centuries of Swedish history through its showcase of 150 historical homes and farmsteads sourced from different parts of Sweden. Visitors can stroll through an 18th-century wooden church, a farmstead from northern Sweden and the town quarter, which consists of various 18th- and 19th-century homes and shops as well as period garb-clad historical interpreters who can also showcase traditional activities, such as spinning and knitting, among many others. Skansen is also home to a zoo, which features 75 different species and breeds of Scandinavian animals, including wolverines, otters and Scandinavian brown bears, to name a few. And if you start to feel peckish during your tour, there are five fine and casual dining options to choose from on-site. 

Recent visitors thoroughly enjoyed their time at Skansen. Travelers said the place is so big, you could easily spend all day there and never get bored. Many in particular loved the zoo animals and said this is a great place to bring kids. What's more, historical interpreters speak English (among other languages), so visitors were happy they didn't miss out on presentations offered. And if you're visiting in the warmer months, some recommend having a picnic among the property's scenic landscape. 

You can find Skansen on the island of Djurgården. To get there, you can take the No. 67 bus from the Karlaplan metro station located on the red line. You can also take the ferry from Slussen and then walk less than a half-mile to the attraction. Hours and admission price vary greatly by time of year and attractions visited within the complex, but during the summer months you can expect to pay 180 kronor (about $21) for adults and 60 kronor (around $7) for children. For more information, visit Skansen's website.

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If you're looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, hit up Djurgården. The island is one giant park that offers visitors a taste of the Swedish countryside without the long travel time.  ForsbergPhoto / Getty Images

The old town of Stockholm, Gamla Stan, is the neighborhood where the city was originally founded in the 13th century. TanyaSv / Getty Images

Vistas galore can be found at Sodermalm, the neighborhood south of Gamla Stan. Recent visitors say a walk along Monteliusvagen at sunrise or sunset is essential during your time in Stockholm. Westend61 / Getty Images

Skansen is the world's first open-air museum, featuring 150 historical homes and farm dwellings sourced from all over Sweden. ppl58 / Getty Images

The Vasa Museum is dedicated to a massive warship that sunk almost immediatelty on its maiden voyage in the 17th century. cb_agulto / Flickr

Rosendals Garden on Djurgården is a favorite among both locals and travelers for its beautiful grounds and peaceful atmosphere. According to recent visitors, the attraction's greenhouse cafe is not to be missed. Rosa Menkman / Flickr

Fotografiska is considered to be one of the largest meeting spaces of contemporary photography in the world. This gallery has seen the likes of Annie Leibovitz and David LaChapelle. Rasmus Andersson / Flickr

The Royal Palace of Stockholm is one of the biggest in Europe, housing more than 600 rooms. It's so big that standard tickets allow visitors up to seven days to explore its interiors.  Dave and Les Jacobs / Getty Images

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