Granna Tourist Attractions
40km/25mi northeast of Jönköping is Gränna (pop. 2,200), one of the few towns with old wooden houses which have not been devastated by fire.
With its charming old-world architecture and its beautiful situation on Lake Vättern, at the foot of the Grännaberg, this idyllic little town has become a popular holiday resort. It also serves as a connection point for the ferry service to the island Visingsö.The town was founded in 1652 by Count Per Brahe, who laid out the main street (Brahegatan), which then consisted of only 10 houses, in such a way that he could see it from his castle of Brahehus (now a ruin). He also built the Town Hall, with its belfry, and enlarged the medieval church. The church, now a handsome Baroque edifice, stands above the village at the foot of the hill. In the cobbled market square is the Medborgargård (Community House). In Museigården can be found the Andrée Museum, commemorating the engineer and Arctic explorer Salomon Andrée, a native of the town (b. 1854) who was lost in 1897 during an attempt to fly to the North Pole from Spitzbergen in a balloon.Gränna is noted also for its polkagrisar (polka-dotted piglets") - sticks of red-and-white striped peppermint rock.The sweets were first created in 1859 by a widow, Amalia Eriksson - her statue stands in the park at the foor of Gränna mountain.
From Gränna there are boats (20 minutes) to the largest island in Lake Vättern, Visingö (pop. 750; area 25sq.km/10sq.mi; 14km/8.5mi long, up to 3km/2mi wide). The prehistoric cemetery areas on the island point to early human settlement here. Visingsborg Castle, built by the Brahe family, was once the most splendid castle in Sweden, but was destroyed by fire in 1718 and is now a ruin. At the southern tip of the island is the "Castle on the Näs", Sweden's oldest secular building. Pleasant walks in the forest (on the south side of which are a number of mulberry-trees); rides in horse-drawn carriages.
Anniversary of Andrée's attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon is marked in July.
Gränna Polka is held in June.
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