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 AU$102 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Situated in Frankenmuth, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Michigan's Military and Space Heroes Museum and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. River Place ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (967 reviews)
"It was clean and the staff was friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2022

Frankenmuth Motel
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
3 out of 5
1 Covered Bridge Ln, Frankenmuth, MI
The price is AU$204 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
This family-friendly Frankenmuth hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. Michigan's Military and Space ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (967 reviews)
"I thought the rooms were clean but it was obvious for the amount of people staying; the working staff it’s was understaffed. I heard such from the employees frequently. my daughter and I enjoyed the hotel but way too many people staying their during the pandemic and I think the mask policy should ..."

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2022

Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth
Marv Herzog Hotel
Marv Herzog Hotel
3 out of 5
501 S. Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$126 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Located in the heart of Frankenmuth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. River Place Shops ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (971 reviews)
"Evening snacks and drinks are a pleasant surprise, selection of breakfast items is great. Helpful/friendly staff"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2022

Marv Herzog Hotel
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The Historical Franklin House
The Historical Franklin House
Frankenmuth, MI
The price is AU$249 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
This family-friendly Frankenmuth apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Frankenmuth Historical Museum and River Place Shops. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Beautiful property & fantastic location
"Communication with Chris was great. The property is very nice - clean, spacious and well appointed. The marble bathroom is gorgeous! Perfectly located on a quiet street with a very short walk to the shops & restaurants."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

The Historical Franklin House
2-Bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
2-Bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
976 Main St., Frankenmuth, MI
The price is AU$473 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
This family-friendly Frankenmuth condo is within a 15-minute walk of River Place Shops and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. The Fortress Golf Course and Frankenmuth ...
5/5 Exceptional! (108 reviews)
Great family Christmas get away
"Adorable apartment . Great setup for 2 teens and parents . Enough space for all. Love the walking distance to shops , carriage rides , and ice skating ."

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2022

2-Bdr Main St. Loft, Pet Friendly!!
Viola's Place - Full Home Vacation Rental In Frankenmuth City.
Viola's Place - Full Home Vacation Rental In Frankenmuth City.
640 W Genesee St, Frankenmuth, MI
This family-friendly holiday home is located in the city centre, within 2 mi (3 km) of Frankenmuth Historical Museum, River Place Shops and The Fortress Golf ...
5/5 Exceptional! (65 reviews)
Excellent!
"Our best VRBO experience. The house is so nice and clean and was perfectly decorated for Christmas. We had everything we could have needed. Very convenient location. Very nice hosts."

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

Viola's Place - Full Home Vacation Rental In Frankenmuth City.
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