Frankenmuth

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Frankenmuth

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.

Frankenmuth Motel
Frankenmuth Motel
2 out of 5
1218 Weiss Street, Frankenmuth, MI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $112 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in Frankenmuth, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Michigan's Military and Space Heroes Museum, River Place Shops, and Grandpa Tiny's Farm. Bronner's ...
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"Cleanliness, good bed, continental breakfast, amenities."

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Frankenmuth Motel
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
3 out of 5
1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI
The price is CA $188 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 21
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 ...
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"Exceptionally clean throughout and staff very friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2021

Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth
Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth
3 out of 5
260 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $161 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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! (954 reviews)
"Probably 1/2 mile walk to the shopping and beautiful river area but easy walling in beautiful surroundings"

Reviewed on Sep. 3, 2021

Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth
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2-Bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
2-Bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
Frankenmuth, MI
The price is CA $243 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
This family-friendly Frankenmuth condo building is within a 10-minute walk of River Place Shops, The Fortress Golf Course, and Frankenmuth Historical Museum. ...
5/5Exceptional! (84 reviews)
Excellent place to stay
"We loved our trip to Frankenmuth! The property is very clean and a great location. We would highly recommend this property!"

Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2021

2-Bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
The Historical Franklin House
The Historical Franklin House
Frankenmuth, MI
This family-friendly Frankenmuth apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and River Place Shops. Michigan's Military and Space ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great location.
"Very nice unit. Close to everything. Very quiet. Host communication was excellent. Very responsive. Enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on Aug. 21, 2021

The Historical Franklin House
Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown Frankenmuth
Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown Frankenmuth
Frankenmuth, MI
This family-friendly Frankenmuth vacation 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! (57 reviews)
Great Girls’ Weekend
"The property is located perfectly for shopping and festivals in Frankenmuth. The house is beautiful and well laid out for a relaxing getaway. It was well stocked with everything we needed for our stay. Great communication from our host also."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Recently Renovated 1950's Themed Historic Homestead In Downtown Frankenmuth
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