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Skansen and Abba

Djurgarden - Stockholm's Island of museums, parks and amusement parks

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My Stockholm Card was due to run out just after 10am so I quickly had a look around Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral) in front of the royal palace before racing over to the Skansen Open Air Museum on Djurgarden which is the most popular attraction in Stockholm.
Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral) behind the Kungliga Slottet

Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral) behind the Kungliga Slottet

The Altar inside Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral)

The Altar inside Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral)

St George slaying the Dragon statue inside Storkyan (Stockholm Cathedral)

St George slaying the Dragon statue inside Storkyan (Stockholm Cathedral)

Passing Stockholm tram.. from another Stockholm tram!

Passing Stockholm tram.. from another Stockholm tram!


Skansen was the first open air museum ever opened, originally founded in 1891 it contains over 150 buildings from all over Sweden portraying how everyday life use to be. Although end of season, quite a few of the houses had guides contemporarily dressed demonstrating traditional skills like printing and glass blowing.
A colourful local on his soapbox welcoming visitors at the entrance to Skansen

A colourful local on his soapbox welcoming visitors at the entrance to Skansen


Swedish Manor House in the Open Air Museum at Skansen

Swedish Manor House in the Open Air Museum at Skansen


Swedish Church at Skansen, complete with freshly dug grave and coffin on a cart!

Swedish Church at Skansen, complete with freshly dug grave and coffin on a cart!


Bredablick Tower at Skansen

Bredablick Tower at Skansen

The Town Quarter in Skansen

The Town Quarter in Skansen

Inside the 1840s style shop in Skansen's town quarter

Inside the 1840s style shop in Skansen's town quarter

Glass blowing in Skansen Town Quarter's Glassworks

Glass blowing in Skansen Town Quarter's Glassworks


I also managed to get into Skansen's Aquarium (a separate ticket) before my Stockholm Card ran out and was amazed how close and well behaved all the creatures were. Skansen also has a working farm and zoo of Scandinavian animals including some very playful brown bears; all in all a very relaxing when to spend a few hours in Stockholm.
An inquisitive snake inside the Reptile House at Skansen

An inquisitive snake inside the Reptile House at Skansen

Crocodiles inside the Reptile House at Skansen

Crocodiles inside the Reptile House at Skansen


Feeding time for the pigs at the farm in the Skansen Open Air Museum

Feeding time for the pigs at the farm in the Skansen Open Air Museum

Brown Bears 'playing' (it looked like a fight!) in their enclosure at Skansen

Brown Bears 'playing' (it looked like a fight!) in their enclosure at Skansen

An Elk having a rwest at Skansen

An Elk having a rwest at Skansen

Reindeer at Skansen

Reindeer at Skansen

Baboon in his enclosure at Skansen

Baboon in his enclosure at Skansen

Ground Antelope Squirrel from South West USA

Ground Antelope Squirrel from South West USA


It was then on to nearby 'ABBA The Museum' opened in the spring of last year; being a cultural icon of the 1970s and 1980s it had to be done. Inside it told the story of how they were all big stars in Sweden beforehand anyway before they got together and had their big international breakthrough by winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. Its full of memorabilia but the funist part are all the interactive displays with karaoke with the band in recording booths, performing on stage with avatars of the band and loads more.
The entrance to the ABBA Museum

The entrance to the ABBA Museum

The vast ABBA sign at the start of the Museum tour

The vast ABBA sign at the start of the Museum tour

ABBA's costumes and their original Eurovision performance on endless loop on screen at the ABBA Museum

ABBA's costumes and their original Eurovision performance on endless loop on screen at the ABBA Museum


Here some other punters do karaoke to one of the group's songs inside sound booths

Here some other punters do karaoke to one of the group's songs inside sound booths


There was lot of interactive karaoke activities during the ABBA Museum Tour - here are a couple performing on stage with full size avatars of the group!

There was lot of interactive karaoke activities during the ABBA Museum Tour - here are a couple performing on stage with full size avatars of the group!


Me sat inside the cockpit of the helicopter on the ABBA 'Arrival' Album

Me sat inside the cockpit of the helicopter on the ABBA 'Arrival' Album

Inside the ABBA Museum Gold Room filled with their stage costumes and gold discs

Inside the ABBA Museum Gold Room filled with their stage costumes and gold discs


After exploring the smart shopping district around Sergels Torg Square just north of Gamla Stan I had one last place I wanted to go before I left Stockholm. Being a fan of Steig Larsson's dark book 'The Girl with Dragon Tattoo' (I prefer the original 2009 Swedish film to the later 2011 Hollywood version) I wanted to find Lisbeth Salander's fictional apartment at Fiskargartan 9 south of Gamla Stan in Sodermalm.
View south down Drottninggatten, one of Stockholm's main pedestrianised shopping streets

View south down Drottninggatten, one of Stockholm's main pedestrianised shopping streets


Sergels Torg, Stockholm's Central Square

Sergels Torg, Stockholm's Central Square

The open air fruit market outside the Konserthuset Stockholm Concert Hall)

The open air fruit market outside the Konserthuset Stockholm Concert Hall)

9 Fiskargaten, fictional location of Lisbeth Salander's appartment in the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

9 Fiskargaten, fictional location of Lisbeth Salander's appartment in the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'


Lisabeth Salander's fictional apartment block from 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

Lisabeth Salander's fictional apartment block from 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'


It was getting dark by the time I found it but that was sort of appropriate! On the way back I stumbled on the top of the Katarinahissen, a lift dating from the 1930s originally opened in tge 1880s and famous for its views over Stockholm. Although currently closed for renovation I was able to take in the views :-)
The Katarinahissen at night

The Katarinahissen at night

Evening view from the top of the Katarinahissen of a cruise ship berthed up at Stockholm

Evening view from the top of the Katarinahissen of a cruise ship berthed up at Stockholm


The view towards the city centre from the top of the Katarinahissen

The view towards the city centre from the top of the Katarinahissen

Posted by FrancisRTW 02:00 Archived in Sweden

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