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Visit the unique Vasa museum with the impressive wooden war-ship that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The ship was salvaged after 333 years on the seabed and is now displayed in all its glory.

This museum is located at the beautiful island of Djurgarden and a visit to the museum is an experience for young and old alike.

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Designated a UNESCO site, Tanum World lists more than 510 rock carving sites, which come alive with the aid of a guide from the Vitlycke Museum. Tanum World is set just 15 minutes from the charming town Fjällbacka – hometown of crime author Camilla Läckberg and summer place of the legendary actress Ingrid Bergman.

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In the heart of Stockholm is the Old Town, one of the world’s best preserved medieval city centers.

This is an area of historical heritage with many sights, shops, restaurants and bars  close to each other.  www.visitstockholm.com

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The Royal Armoury is situated in the vaulted cellars of the Royal Palace, where imagination can run wild. The collections promise a magical encounter with Swedish royal history for both children and adults. Here you will see magnificent gold-embroidered costumes from coronations and weddings, weapons, and armor. In the Royal Armoury you can view Gustav II Adolf’s horse that he rode in the battle at Lützen in 1632, Karl XII’s muddy uniform from the attack on Fredriksten Fortress in 1718, and the masquerade costume worn by Gustav III to the fateful masquerade ball in 1792. An audio guide is available for children in Swedish, and for adults in Swedish, English, German and French. Literature and gift articles can be purchased in the museum store.

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 Discover a city like no other – a city built on 14 islands, where you are never far from the water. Well-preserved medieval buildings stand alongside modern architecture. And just outside the city, the archipelago of 24.000 islands is waiting to be explored.

Stockholm is a city of contrasts – water and islands, history and innovation, small town and big city, short winter days and long, light summer nights – with a dazzling array of impressions. Take a romantic boat trip under all the bridges or a horse back ride at the lovely park of Djurgarden. Walk around in the OldTown – its historic buildings and narrow, twisting streets make it the most atmospheric part of the city. The nightlife in the city is trendy and  coo. Romance is never far away, from beautiful parks to romantic restaurants and hide aways -  Stockholm offers something for all the senses.

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On Monday April 24, 1961 the sun shone brightly on the waters of Stockholm. A few broken and blackened pieces of oak closely followed by two sculpted heads finally broke the surface, rising with an almost painful slowness. Soon, the dark outline of a ship became apparent. The mighty warship Vasa once again saw the light of day after 333 years on the seabed.

It was Anders Franzén who woke the Vasa from her watery sleep after 333 years. Together with his colleague, the diver Per Edvin Fälting, he became something of a hero to the people of Sweden.

Single-mindedly, Anders Franzén managed to convince the authorities and private sponsors that the ship should be salvaged. At first, nobody knew just how it could be done. Should the Vasa be frozen in a block of ice, or pumped full of Ping-Pong balls? Finally, they decided on a more traditional method.

The salvage operation took several years to prepare. In September 1957 divers began the difficult and dangerous task of excavating six tunnels under the ship.

In complete darkness they worked their way through hard blue clay. Above them lay the ship, heavy and menacing. The thousands of iron bolts which had rusted away were replaced by new ones, and the gun ports were sealed up.

Heavy cables were drawn through the tunnels and fastened to two lift pontoons, Oden and Frigg. The most exciting development for those working on the salvage operation occurred in 1959. Would the ship stay in one piece when it was pulled from the clay? It did - the oak hull remained intact, and the Vasa was moved in several stages under the water to a more shallow position. The winter of 1960/61 was a mild one, and the divers were able to continue their work uninterrupted.

In the morning sunshine of April 24, 1961, the final lift took place. Crowds gathered on the waterfront, just as they had 333 years earlier to witness the Vasa’s maiden voyage. Hundreds of journalists from around the world were there to cover the event, along with a brass band. At 9.03 AM precisely, the Vasa finally surfaced.

The  Vasa is a kind of time machine which has been salvaged for posterity. Time had stood still on board since the afternoon of August 10, 1628. During the summer of 1961, the ship was hurriedly excavated, and thousands of objects were taken care of by archaeologists who were more used to working under calm conditions on dry land. These objects included everything from wooden parts of the ship itself to kegs of preserved butter and the skeleton of the ship’s cat. The ship and everything it contained now had to be saved from further destruction.

The fate of the Vasa was something her contemporaries wanted to forget. Today, the ship is a major international attraction.

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