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Christmas at the Farm Laboures's Cottage. Skansen Open-Air Museum in Stockholm.

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A: Near the Farm Labourer’s Cottage at the Skansen Museum, Stockholm

by Vil Muhametshin, 10 meters away

The Farm Labourer’s Cottage (Statarlängan) contains dwellings for two families and shows how they liv...

Near the Farm Labourer’s Cottage at the Skansen Museum, Stockholm

B: Skogaholm Manor

by Marco Baiocco, 90 meters away

This is the Skogaholm Manor in Stockholm Skansen park. Skansen is the first Sweden open air museum an...

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C: Skansen, Skogaholm manor

by Jacek Gancarson, 90 meters away

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D: Christmas table in Oktorp Farmstead at the Skansen open-air museum, Stockolm

by Vil Muhametshin, 110 meters away

The Oktorp Farmstead (Oktorpsgården) comes from Halland. It shows what a farmstead in the flat countr...

Christmas table in Oktorp Farmstead at the Skansen open-air museum, Stockolm

E: On the way to the Oktorp farmstead at Skansen open-air museum, Stockholm

by Vil Muhametshin, 140 meters away

The Oktorp Farmstead (Oktorpsgården) comes from Halland. It shows what a farmstead in the flat countr...

On the way to the Oktorp farmstead at Skansen open-air museum, Stockholm

G: Winter sunset at Skansen open-air museum, Stockholm

by Vil Muhametshin, 200 meters away

Skansen is the first open air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Sto...

Winter sunset at Skansen open-air museum, Stockholm

H: Sharing warmth at the Sami lavvu in Skansen, Stockholm

by Vil Muhametshin, 210 meters away

Lavvu is a temporary dwelling used by the Sami people of northern Scandinavia. It has a design simila...

Sharing warmth at the Sami lavvu in Skansen, Stockholm

I: Christmas scene from the 19th century - Eksharad farmhouse, Skansen, Stockholm

by Vil Muhametshin, 220 meters away

The Ekshärad farmhouse (Ekshäradsgården) was built in the 1820s in the parish of Ekshärad in Värmland...

Christmas scene from the 19th century - Eksharad farmhouse, Skansen, Stockholm

J: Skansen Christmas market and atractions

by Jann Lipka, 260 meters away

Traditional Christmas celebration at Skansen means time travel into the past  at least 100 years . No...

Skansen Christmas market and atractions

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