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On its maiden voyage in 1628, the most powerful warship in the Baltic, the Vasawas afloat only minutes before capsizing in front of stunned onlookers in the city's harbor. Hundreds of years later, the massive, 226-foot-long ship was completely salvaged. The ship was so big that it took more than a year for it to be raised from the surface of the seabed. The Vasa has been put back together and extensively restored since then, with more than 95 percent of the ship originally intact. Thanks to this meticulous restoration, the ship is considered the only preserved 17th-century ship in the world and the oldest fully preserved warship in the world. Today, the Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia, drawing in more than one million visitors a year.

In addition to the majestic ship, the museum houses a number of interesting exhibits about the vessel's history, including a look into what life was like at sea during that era, stories of the people onboard and a collection of artistic relics found on the ship. But the pinnacle for travelers is touring the Vasa itself. Recent visitors were in complete awe of the ship's incredible size and were amazed at the quality of preservation down to the smallest detail. Even those who admitted the attraction wasn't initially at the top of their must-see list left the Vasa Museum with a better understanding of why this facility is considered one of the city's top attractions. And speaking of the museum's popularity, don't be surprised if you encounter long lines and crowds during Stockholm's peak season (summer).

Admission is to the Vasa Museum costs 130 kronor (about $15) for adults and is free for anyone 18 and younger. Hours vary by season. From June 1 to Aug. 31, the museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and from Sept. 1 to May 31 the museum welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. You'll find this museum on the island of Djurgården, which is a little more than a mile from the city center. To reach the museum, take the No. 7 tram, which can be found in front of Berzelii Park on Nybroplan in downtown Stockholm, to the Stockholm Nordiska Museet/Vasa stop. You can also get here by catching a ferry from Nybroplan or Slussen. For more information, check out the Vasa Museum website.

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#1 Djurgarden In Stockholm, you don't have to travel far to experience the famous Swedish countryside. At Djurgården, you can get exactly that and so much more. The island of Djurgården ... Read more » ForsbergPhoto / Getty Images

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#3 Monteliusvagen If you're the kind of traveler who can't leave a new city without experiencing a vista or two, consider a walk along Monteliusvagen. At less than a half-mile ... Read more » Westend61 / Getty Images

#4 Skansen 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 ... Read more » ppl58 / Getty Images

#5 Vasa Museum On its maiden voyage in 1628, the most powerful warship in the Baltic, the Vasawas afloat only minutes before capsizing in front of stunned onlookers in the city's ... Read more » cb_agulto / Flickr

#6 Rosendals Garden (Rosendals Tradgard) Rosendals Trädgård is a public garden located on the island of Djurgården. When you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, or simply a scenic place ... Read more » Rosa Menkman / Flickr

#7 Fotografiska Stockholm is full of unique museums. There's one dedicated to the band ABBA, another to a sunken warship (the Vasa Museum), and of course there's Skansen, the world ... Read more » Rasmus Andersson / Flickr

#8 Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) While Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia actually live at Drottningholm Palace (some 20 minutes west of Stockholm), Kungliga Slottet (Royal Palace) serves as their workplace and is ... Read more » Dave and Les Jacobs / Getty Images

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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

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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

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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

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