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Gränna

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Gränna, archaic spelling Grenna, is a town in northern Småland, at the eastern shore of lake Vättern, Sweden's second largest lake. Gränna is known for the peppermint rock candy, referred to as “polkagris” in Swedish. 

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In the 17th century Gränna and the island Visingsö was ruled by the count Per Brahe the Younger. Several of the monuments and castles made during this era is still preserved. One of the castles is Braheborg located at the top of the Gränna mountain, next to the road E4. It is nowadays used as a tourist attraction.

Polkagris[edit]

This peppermint rock was created in 1859 by the single mother Amalia Eriksson. For a long time she was the only one making the sweets, but in order to meet rising demand, more peppermint rock makers appeared in the little town. Today there are a dozen bakeries in Gränna where people can see how the sweets are prepared.

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Gränna is at the E4, just north of Jönköping.

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  • Grenna Museum, Brahegata 38-40. A museum best known for the remnants of the Andrée Expedition, a failed attempt in 1897 to reach the North Pole with a hot air balloon.

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Polkagrisar, peppermint candy, are icons of Gränna.

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Ferries to Visingsö, the largest island in Vättern, embark from Gränna.

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