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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

Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
3 out of 5
1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI
The price is CA $193 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 12

This family-friendly Frankenmuth hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and River Place Shops. Michigan's Military and Space Heroes ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (757 reviews)

"Love the atmosphere of a distant country. Been coming here for years."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Marv Herzog Hotel
Marv Herzog Hotel
3 out of 5
501 S. Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI
The price is CA $157 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

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! (941 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly. Great location! Beautiful view."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 15, 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 CA $118 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (965 reviews)

"Great staff! Very helpful. The breakfast is very good too!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Frankenmuth

2-bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
2-bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
976 Main St., Frankenmuth, MI
The price is CA $249 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Situated in Frankenmuth, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of River Place Shops, The Fortress Golf Course and Frankenmuth Historical Museum. Michigan's Military ...

5/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Great place, but!

"This loft was great, clean, nice location and really everything you want for the weekend stay. The property manager/owner work well with us and did a remarkable job to help us with our plan. So why the 4 star instead of the 5 star! The store below the room is the reason. Somewhere around 11:00 pm ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

2-bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
Entire House With a hot tub Within a Block to Frankenmuth's Main Street
Entire House With a hot tub Within a Block to Frankenmuth's Main Street
330 S Franklin St, Frankenmuth, MI

Situated in Frankenmuth, this historic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Frankenmuth Historical Museum, River Place Shops and The Fortress Golf Course. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Great weekend!

"Wonderful house, wonderful location and most importantly wonderful hosts. Thank you for your hospitality!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

Entire House With a hot tub Within a Block to Frankenmuth's Main Street
Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown Frankenmuth
Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown Frankenmuth
991 South Main St., Frankenmuth, MI

This family-friendly Frankenmuth holiday home is located in a rural location, within a 10-minute walk of River Place Shops, The Fortress Golf Course and Frankenmuth ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Ladies weekend

"Beautiful colors house was convenient, clean comfortable. Only down fall was sweetest day on Saturday and was hard to get a reservation to eat out. Other than that Frankenmuth was great!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown Frankenmuth
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Frankenmuth

Temple Theatre
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Temple Theatre

3/5(3 reviews)

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

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

CA $25
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Escape Room "CSI: MURDER! at Bar Noir" - 60 minute mystery escape challenge
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Escape Room "CSI: MURDER! at Bar Noir" - 60 minute mystery escape challenge

CA $40
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")

CA $43
Per adult
Escape Room: "Meltdown" - a 60 minute Nuclear Catastrophe challenge
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Escape Room: "Meltdown" - a 60 minute Nuclear Catastrophe challenge

CA $43
Per adult
Mission Impossibly Escape Room
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Mission Impossibly Escape Room

CA $39
Per adult
90 minute Segway Experience
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90 minute Segway Experience

CA $85
Per adult

Reviews of Frankenmuth

4.8

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

We have gone several times over the years and enjoy it each time

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 21, 2020

I don;t know what it is but I always feel good when I visit Frankenmuth. Maybe it is because everything is brightly coloured and people seem friendly and cheerful (at least the ones I have encountered). Whatever is geeting you down just goes away. Wa

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 2, 2019

It's my favorite place to go to kick off the Christmas season and I've been going every year in December for almost 20 years. A tradition I hope to keep always.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 7, 2019

People are very friendly, great place to visit. Bring your appetite! Good food, large portions.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 6, 2019

Very clean, interesting.Lovely town to visit .

4/5 - Good

HAZEL

Oct 25, 2019

Always enjoy a visit to Frankenmuth. Not much nightlight tho…..pretty much shuts down by 9pm

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