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FrankenmuthUnited States of America

Enjoy one of the world’s largest Christmas stores, alpine buildings and beer and wine festivals in this enchanting city sometimes called Little Bavaria.

Germanic architecture and customs are what distinguish Frankenmuth, a quaint city of wineries, breweries and Lutheran churches, from other Michigan towns. Set up in the 19th century by Lutheran evangelists, the town presents itself as an old-fashioned and idyllic German village. Attend festivals celebrating such fierce German traditions as beer, Bavaria and Christmas.

For an appreciation of proud local rituals, drop in at a pub or inn in the downtown village-like zone, which is decorated like a typical German hamlet in the 1800s. Charming European façades adorn buildings with antiquated or Germanic names, such as Cheese Haus and Prost.

Explore the seven galleries of the Frankenmuth Historical Museum, which celebrates the heritage and traditions of Germany’s historic Franconia region. Walk along the footpath that crosses the Cass River to reach the modern River Place Shops. The Bavarian Belle Riverboat takes passengers on trips around the downtown district.

On the river’s northern bank stands the Lager Mill Brewing Museum, containing more than 450 artisanal beers from across the globe. Try local wines at St. Julian Winery on the city’s northern outskirts. Head west to see the enchanting 19th-century St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, built to remind worshippers of the city’s Franconian origins.

Nowhere is Frankenmuth’s quaint ambiance better evoked than at Grandpa Tiny’s Farm, where you can pet animals as you learn about Bavarian farming traditions. Find out about Grandpa William “Tiny” Zehnder, who is known affectionately by locals as Mr. Frankenmuth. Across the road is the alpine cottage of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, displaying festive treasures year-round beside its large snowman and Santa models.

The city lies between Flint and Saginaw in Saginaw County, Michigan. Drive south from the southern end of Saginaw Bay to get here in about 30 minutes. Visit other landmarks in the area, including Huron-Manistee National Forest, the Roscommon State Forest Area and Detroit.

Frankenmuth is a little slice of old-world Europe in Michigan.

Top hotels in Frankenmuth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
3 out of 5
1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI
The price is £129 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep

This family-friendly Frankenmuth hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and River Place Shops. The Fortress Golf Course and Michigan's ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (732 reviews)

"We arrived early and they had a room ready for us, which is always nice. Desk man gave us lots of information-I ask a lot of questions. Adult pool had just opened again, and I was able to swim in the empty pool. Staff overall was really nice."…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020

Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Marv Herzog Hotel
Marv Herzog Hotel
3 out of 5
501 S. Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI
The price is £105 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep

Located in the heart of Frankenmuth, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and River Place Shops. The Fortress Golf Course and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (928 reviews)

"Overall the stay at the hotel was very good. Nice private parking garage, the balconies while small were nice to sit out on and watch people walk by or watch the river in the back of the hotel. The complimentary 2 drinks and cheese and meat plates every evening was a nice touch. Room were clean. ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

Marv Herzog Hotel
Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth
Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth
3 out of 5
260 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI
The price is £87 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep

Located in the heart of Frankenmuth, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and River Place Shops. The Fortress Golf Course and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (970 reviews)

"The hotel is very nice. However they could use some help with food services. There should be one person serving food, one person serving drinks and another cleaning the tables! I felt bad for the poor lady doing everything"…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2020

Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth

Popular places to visit in Frankenmuth

Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
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Bronner's Christmas Wonderland

Take the family on an outing to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland during your trip to Frankenmuth. While in this quaint area, find time to visit its shops.

River Place Shops
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River Place Shops

4.5/5(2 reviews)

During your visit to Frankenmuth, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at River Place Shops. Discover the breweries and festivals in this family-friendly area.

Temple Theatre
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Temple Theatre

Visit downtown Saginaw’s stunningly refurbished event hall to catch a film or to watch a performance of music or drama. 

Dow Diamond
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Dow Diamond

Catch an event at Dow Diamond during your trip to Midland.Amble around this family-friendly area's gardens or attend a sporting event.

Dow Gardens
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Dow Gardens

Explore the great outdoors at Dow Gardens, a lovely green space in Midland. Amble around this family-friendly area's gardens or attend a sporting event.

Japanese Cultural Center
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Japanese Cultural Center

Seek peace and cultural exchange as you take a quiet stroll through these landscaped gardens and visit an authentic Japanese teahouse.

Top things to do in Frankenmuth

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium
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SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium

£15
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Escape Room: "Meltdown" - a 60 minute Nuclear Catastrophe challenge
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Escape Room: "Meltdown" - a 60 minute Nuclear Catastrophe challenge

£26
Per adult
Haunted Escape Room: "The Dwelling" 60 minute multi-level manor (not "scary")
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Haunted Escape Room: "The Dwelling" 60 minute multi-level manor (not "scary")

£26
Per adult

Reviews of Frankenmuth

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10 Oct 2019

A lovely town. So pretty and charming.

5/5 - Excellent

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18 Jun 2019

Not your typical American Downtown! A bit commercialised but somehow it works and is very pleasant. The Main Street is well maintained with a profusion of flower beds. Makes you smile.

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