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Mariannelund - Where the fairytale became a movie Are you one of those people for whom the taste of old-fashioned home-made sweets comes to mind when Mariannelund is mentioned? Others maybe think of sawmill equipment supplied by Söderhamn Eriksson or perhaps maintenance-free windows from neighbouring company LEIAB. In recent years, because of its colourful international contemporary art and film festivals Mariannelund has also had a strong connection with culture. Still, it’s probably to the world of fairytales that your thoughts initially take a leap. “So you’re calling from Mariannelund, are you? Then you’re not far from the doctor ... the one in Mariannelund!” The voice on the other end of the telephone breaks into a chuckle. No, you hardly ever need to give any explanations about Mariannelund. It’s already well-known, an idyll of which most people have a clear picture – even the ones who’ve never been here. Astrid Lindgren has made sure of that. But for those of us who live here, Mariannelund is synonymous with words like home, community, interaction, involvement, optimism for the future and pride over our countryside, which one of the world’s foremost and most translated authors has woven into her stories. It’s a countryside that after some busy years of filming during the 1970s has also become a part of the children’s film world. Passing by on Highway 40 in your car, you might see Mariannelund as just another small Swedish village. So, we’re going to ask you to slow down at the welcome signs, turn off the main thoroughfare and let us show you our favourite spots in the Children’s Film Village (Barnfilmbyn), Mariannelund!


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In a forest clearing, framed by three sparkling lakes and stately pine forest sits one of Mariannelunds oases, Spilhammar’s camping. In what is almost untouched nature, there are 14 cabins and 100 camping spots, all unnumbered so the guests themselves can pick out their favourite spot. In the midst of this idyll lies Sommartorpet (the Summer Cabin) – a fully-licensed cafe and restaurant, serving refreshments and main meals. For the active family, there are opportunities for playing mini-golf, renting a paddleboat or discovering the beautiful surroundings from a canoe or along the hiking trails, Sevedeleden and Höglandsleden.

Pensionat Solhöjden In idyllic Mariannelund, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, lies Pensionat Solhöjden. Here, you’ll feel at home, whether

you’re on a family vacation, travelling on business or coming to eat good, tasty food.

Kullagården Kullagården Bed & Breakfast and Hostel has many rooms and is ideal for small families, but also for larger groups. Each room has its own toilet and hand basin. Some also have their own shower. Kullagården Bed & Breakfast also offers: a sauna, a relaxation room with TV, a children’s play area with toys and drawing equipment and activities such as table tennis, football, air hockey and darts!

Mariannelund’s Karamellkokeri The history of Mariannelund’s Karamellkokeri begins in the 1920s, on the kitchen bench top at the home of auctioneer Ernst Johansson and his wife Gerda. The handful of varieties they had then have now become more than 20, yet even today every piece of confectionery is made by hand. And in the tasting, there’s a sense of luxury. The original recipes and interest in making sweets have been handed down and over the years the recipe book has been supplemented with goodies like jam, classical theatre confectionery, fudge and roasted almonds. Since the year 2000, the company has been run by Cecilia Johnsson and Johan Zedig, who in the first decade of the millennium have doubled its sales – to 200 tons of confectionery per year! But despite the fact that both the range and the demand is increasing, production takes place in exactly the same way today as it did almost 100 years ago. The pure ingredients are mixed in large pots, and the mixture is stirred with a wooden spoon, kneaded and broken by hand or cut with an ordinary kitchen knife. The machinery consists of a dough mixer for marzipan and an old electric mixer for the nougat! The sweets from Mariannelund are, in other words, handcraft from start to finish. Take the opportunity of seeing it with your own eyes if you are passing by. During the summertime the confectionery factory is open to visitors every day. In the little shop, in addition to the regular market supply, you’ll find handmade chocolates, old fashioned coconut balls and the kokeri’s own mustard, which is now also sold through Ridderheim’s.

Photo: Smålands-Tidningen

Barnfilmbyhuset Mariannelund’s surrounding countryside was frequently used in the making of the Astrid Lindgren films. Its rural heritage is the core of its attraction for Emil film-lovers. And this is the reason why the world’s first innovative and modern children’s film museum, “Filmernas hus” is planned to be built here. But until then, Emilkraften has opened the doors to a new attraction, Barnfilmbyhuset. Barnfilmbyhuset is a living house with an emphasis on information, and should not be confused therefore with a future Filmernas hus. In the 400m² building you’ll find information about Katthult, Noisy Village and other film locations in the Vimmerby and Mariannelund areas, as well as how the filming was done. With assistance from Erikshjälpen’s “Fröken Retro” a 70s feel has been created (when the Emil films were made), and of the 1910s in the scenes that have been taken from the Emil films.

Barnfilmbyhuset also houses a room for children with an organised makeup room, and opportunities to dress up and prepare for a role in front of the camera. The films about Emil i Lönneberga will be shown every day, and there will also be information about the new animated Emil film. If you’d like to know more about our plans for the future, we’d be happy to tell you more, and show you a visualisation of Filmernas hus.

In the Emil film-tracks Astrid Lindgren put Mariannelund on the world map when she had Emil hoist his little sister up the flagpole to see “all the way to Mariannelund” and allowed him to get so stuck in the soup tureen so that a visit to the doctor in Mariannelund became necessary. Then, when the films about Emil were made, the entire community became involved. When one of the most popular children movies ever – Astrid Lindgren’s Emil i Lönneberga – was recorded in the early 1970s the film team found the perfect farm: Katthult in Gibberyd, a little over 10km from Mariannelund. Most of the outdoor scenes were filmed there as well as shots from the farmhand’s cottage and the barn. In February 1971 the film crew arrived in Mariannelund and for the next three years, they carried out their work, making three films altogether. The Folk High School at Mariannelund became the film team’s headquarters for the duration. The film editing was done there during the late summer eve-

nings and this was also where the indoor scenes were shot. German and Swedish actors played the major roles, but the residents of Mariannelund also took part, both in front of the camera and behind. They lent props and their houses to members of the film crew. They participated as extras and made their facilities available as desired. On the following pages you’ll find an analysis of where and how the shoots of Emil i Lönneberga took place in Mariannelund and the surrounding district. Note that several of the locations, typically Norrgården, Mellangården and Sörgården (Noisy Village), are privately owned and offer no possibility of being visited.

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1. Hässleby gård


2. Folkhögskolan

The poorhouse with its “dirt, lice, poverty and starvation” was built up on top of the haystack in the barn at Hassleby gård. The paupers were locals with false teeth that could be removed for the filming sessions. Emil’s blessed Christmas delivery was filmed in the middle of summer. The window used by the paupers to climb out of was a part of the scenery, and when they came out on the other side they found themselves in a snow-covered Kramfors. How to get here: On Hässleby gata towards Karlstorp/Kråkshult

The school became the film crew’s headquarters. Jan “Emil” Ohlsson lived at the boarding school together with a school teacher who tutored him during the filming periods (actually the same teacher who tutored Inger “Pippi Longstocking” Nilsson). The whole Ohlsson family came from Uppsala to spend the summers in Mariannelund, and a number of locals were friendly enough to provide lodgings for the members of the film crew. How to get here: No. 8, Centralgatan


3. The Folk High School Auditorium


4. Smedjegränd

The Folk High School Auditorium became the main filming location for Katthult’s interior environment. Skilled carpenters and painters created an authentic period set, containing parlour and kitchen, with enlarged photographs of Gibberyd views seen through the window panes. How to get here: No.7, Centralgatan

“We’re betrothed to each other, anyway”. Along the row of red outhouses Alfred and Lina were strolling along at the fair, looking for rings. The houses hade been painted to look like display windows. How to get here: Julles verkstad, Östra Storgatan by Bruzaån

5. The Mariannelund Cinema


The Emil films had their premieres in Vimmerby and Mariannelund just before Christmas 1971. More than 2000 people saw the first Emil film in December 1971 in Mariannelund. Not bad, considering that at that time there were only 2000 inhabitants of Mariannelund. How to get here: No.6, Östra Storgatan

6. Snickerboa (The Woodshed)



“Pesky little brat – it’s the woodshed for you…”. The woodshed scenes were shot in these humble buildings at Norra gatan which today house a workshop. Jan “Emil” Ohlsson was given a piece of soft balsa wood to carve, because carving figures from ordinary hardwood is very difficult. In Gibberyd (Katthult) a Snickerboa was built for the outdoor scenes. How to get here: No.4, Norra gatan

7. The Doctor in Mariannelund

The indoor scenes to do with Emil’s visit to the doctor in Mariannelund were filmed at Mariannelund’s Norra gatan, where the interior depicting the doctor’s surgery was created. A row of young and old extras were sitting in the waiting room feigning sickness and need of care when Emil entered with the soup tureen on his head. How to get here: No.6, Norra gatan


8. The Katthult Property

A “must see” if you want to follow in Emil’s footsteps. Here in the Gibberyd village, 10 km north of Mariannelund, is where most of the Katthult outdoor scenes were filmed. Some scenes were also shot in the farmhand’s cottage and in the barn. Here you’ll find the main house, Trisseboa, Snickerboa and other buildings as well. This is also where you can view the wolf ’s trap and the tree that Emil and his dad jumped from GPS: 57.6900, 15.5529 9

9. Södra Bråta


10. Skurusjön

“…if you’ve even been in a forest in Småland”. Several outdoor scenes were shot in Södra Bråta, high above Silverådalen. This piece of nature, farmed in days of old, is today a natural reserve. GPS: 57.7138, 15.4300

“The Småland Hussars to the attack!”. In the meadows by the shores of Skurusjön Emil attacked the early dawn birdwatchers from Hultsfred. GPS: 57.6857, 15.5224

11. Grönshult, Nedrakulla

“Ah, a sausage”. Emil sneaked into a little store in Grönshult, north of Katthult , to eat a hot dog. This is where the horse and cart scenes were filmed, as well as the school yard scene, with children from Mari11 annelund as extras. Other outdoor scenes were filmed in the nearby village of Nedrakulla. GPS: 57.7157, 15.5297 12

12. Hulta såg

13. The Poorhouse in Rumskullahult


“It’s the Watersprite that’s took ’im”. Around Hulta såg by Silverån, the Katthult guests were searching for Emil when he had disappeared. This is also where Emil dropped his father’s hat in the water. GPS: 57.6328, 15.5901

The grand red building in Hult (now a guesthouse) was built in the middle of the 19th century as the Rumskulla Poorhouse. Real life events from here were used by Astrid Lindgren for her stories in the Emil books. GPS: 57.6440, 15.6222


14. Mossjön

“You and me, Alfred”. The scene where Emil and Alfred are bathing in the Katthult lake were filmed in the Mossjön bay at Pelarne. A stand-in had to be used however, since Jan Ohlsson could not swim. A boy from Mariannelund who looked like Emil took his place in that scene. GPS: 57.6168, 15.7076


15. Sevedstorp

Barely 10 km east of Mariannelund is where the real Bullerbyn is situated. Astrid Lindgren’s dad grew up here, and it’s these – the three Sevedstorp houses – she is describing in her books. In 1986 the film about the children in Bullerby was shot here and in other places around Mariannelund. GPS: 57.6122, 15.6694 16


17. Rölunds skola

“Have you ’eard, Emil at Katthult has drunk ‘isself legless”. In Rölund’s school building, a few kilometres southeast of Mariannelund, Emil’s school scenes were filmed. The visit with the Good Templars was also shot here, when Emil and Griseknoen (the Piglet) struck a sobriety oath. GPS: 57.5991, 15.5110

16. Näs, Bastefall, Krogstorp, Hamphorva

“That cow be out of ‘er mind”. Among the well preserved buildings of the 18th century property, Näs is where the scene of the auction at Backhorva was filmed. Emil drinks lemonade, makes many good purchases and prevents a fight. Not far from Näs lies Bastefall , the place to which Emil had to drive the cows from the auction. Krogstorp is where the farmer lived who was keen on Lina and offered her sweets that caused her to get a toothache. And Hamphorva, the model for Backhorva, is the place where Astrid Lindgren’s father was born. GPS: 57.6293, 15.6729 18

18. Vimmerby

In Vimmerby, about 20 km from Mariannelund, the scenes from Vimmerby fair were filmed, as was Emil’s horseride along Storgatan to Borgmästargården and the street scene for Emil’s visit to the doctor in Mariannelund. GPS: 57.6653, 15.8547

Phenomenal natural phenomena Here you’ll find the typical nature of Småland with its forests, fields, red cottages and lakes. Experience it right up close via the walking track between Mariannelund and Lönneberga, or take a tour of the Rumskulla forests where the last ice age has left extraordinary landmarks. This is where you’ll find the world’s largest Runkesten, a boulder that can be set in rocking motion with human strength alone. During the ice-melting period, more than 10,000 years ago, the boulder ended up standing on its edge, on an outcrop in Rumskulladalen. Setting Runkesten in motion is a big enough experience to make the whole excursion worthwhile, but if you’ve packed a picnic there’s plenty more to discover. Take the opportunity of having a look at Urkon’s Grotto (burial cave) and the Ditch (a geological fault-line). Take a stroll through Klyvesten and experience Trollegata. Nearby, you can also visit Norra Kvills National Park, a natural reserve containing Sweden’s oldest tree. The Kvill Oak is believed to be more than 1000 years old and is one of the thickest in Europe. Via old trodden paths, green meadows, village streets and windy tracks through mighty forests you follow the Emil route – the walking track that connects Mariannelund with Lönneberga. Along the way you’ll get acquainted with the rural villages. You’ll also be passing the house where Albert Engström was born, Ulfwedals Mill and the wolf-trap in Hult. The entire stretch is 40 km long, and there are overnight stops along the way.

Herrgårdsparken Five minutes’ walk from the square lies Herrgårdsparken (the manor park) with Tempelbron (the temple bridge), just made for a romantic excursion or a wedding photo session. Not surprising really, since the park literally has sprung out of romance… General Lieutenant Gustav Adolf von Siegroth had served in the French army and been promoted to the Kalmar Regiment with its Major’s residence, Hessleby before he bought the Strömstorp property in 1755. Siegroth had new buildings added to the property in the form of two extra wings. The grand main house never got further than the drawingboard, however, before he was promoted

again and moved elsewhere. However, what Siegroth did accomplish, in honour of his wife Mariana Makeleers, was to create both a magnificent garden and the glorious park with alleys, dams and water courses. The water “mirrors” were shaped to represent the couple’s initials, and as yet another declaration of love, Von Siegroth renamed the whole property Marianalund (Mariana Grove). The village itself later inherited this name – altered in 1913 to the beautifully sounding, Mariannelund.

Unique fishing waters With the “Put and take” lake Skruven, which is well known in fishing circles, Mariannelund can offer you one of Sweden’s best waters for trout. The part of Brusaån that runs past the preschool, the restaurant and the sweet factory has unusually favourable conditions for trout. This stretch is also classed as a Natura 2000 area. Fagersjön and Åsjöarna, which are a part of the Silverån water course, offer traditional fishing for pike, bream and roach. Mariannelund has a long fishing tradition, and as early as 1958 the fishing club was formed, which continues untiringly to develop the unique fishing conditions in the Municipality owned waters in and around the village. But, the heart of the

club is at Lake Skruven. Here you find the beautiful barbecue spot, and this is where the club has invested in five large fishing jetties, one of which is handicap friendly. The club house, with its formidable lake view, is situated on an easily accessible beach block. The fishing cottage can be hired overnight through Spilhammar’s camping, where you can also rent a boat.

20th Century’s industrial history

It’s the beginning of the 20th Century and we find ourselves in the heyday of the birth of industrialisation. Admittedly, the machines in the workshop have stopped, but that’s probably because the workers have gone to lunch ... They’ll be back any minute, and they’ll pick up their tools, turn on the machines and continue working. Or ...? Well at least, that’s the feeling you get when you step cross the threshold into the museum, Julles’ workshop. Production at Julles primarily covered equipment for the sawmill industry, but Julles also became the community’s own village blacksmith who repaired and made everything that was needed, large and small. When production finally ceased in the autumn of 2000, the key was handed over to the regional historical society. The key to the industrial history of the 20th Century – it doesn’t get more authentic than this!

Radio Nostalgia Rune Peterson was only nine years old when in 1930, he assembled his own first crystal set. Throughout his life he was a close follower of technological developments and as a radio dealer in Värnamo he became known by the people of the district as “RadioPelle”. Through the years, he managed to accumulate around 80 radio receivers from various eras and in his last years he personally created the exhibition “From Crystal Receiver to Satellite TV”. In the summer of 2010, the collection found a home in the 1950s environment of Mariannelund’s railway station house. Photo: Håkan Falk

Doll & Toy Museum For those of you who enjoy nostalgia and old things, the exhibition at Mariannelund Doll & Toy Museum is well worth a visit. At the square in Mariannelund, a real nostalgia trip awaits visitors to the Doll & Toy Museum. There you’ll have the opportunity of making an incredible journey through time and get to see and experience thousands of dolls and toys from yesteryear. The collection at the Doll & Toy Museum extends from the porcelain dolls of the 1860s all the way up to the Star Wars figures of the 1980s. In the Barbie section of the museum you’ll find a large collection of Barbie dolls, mostly from the 60’s, but also from the 70’s and early 80’s,

with lots of clothes and accessories. There are Ginger dolls from the 50’s, too. The exhibition also features teddy bears, wooden horses, cars, trains, games, elastolin figures, children’s clothing, children’s books and a range of dolls’ pram models. Another interesting speciality of the museum is its collection of fashion items from yesteryear. If you want to take something home with you, the museum shop offers new and old dolls and toys, handmade old-fashioned teddy bears, bookmarks, paper dolls and movie sheets.

Tourist information Mariannelund Civic Offices and Tourist Information Verdandigatan 5, 2nd Level, Mariannelund Telephone: +46 (0)496-216 90 Email: More information about what the area has to offer may be found at:

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