Riverboat cruising the Cass River
German heritage with small-town appeal
Located just 145 kilometers north of Detroit, Frankenmuth is located in the heart of the “Mitten,” a nickname for the state of Michigan’s shape. While only 4,900 people live here, everyone is treated like family. When arriving from the south you will be given a warm welcome into Frankenmuth by Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store, open 361 days a year and a must-shop during any season. Continuing up the timeless Bavarian Streets, you’ll see River Place Shops, which boasts over 40 unique stores including Michigan’s largest bead haven, gourmet olive oils and nationally renowned cupcakes.
Next, you’ll notice the two landmark restaurants known far and wide for their world-famous chicken dinners, one of the main reasons for Frankenmuth’s 3 million visitors. With the name “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” it’s no wonder Frankenmuth is also famous for German brats and entrees, but did you know the city also hosts one of Michigan’s finest craft breweries? Raise your glass with locally made ale and toast the German “Ein Prosit”. No matter what your appetite or craving, Frankenmuth offers a variety of local food for every taste and budget.
Frankenmuth’s rich history, coupled with its many hands-on experiences, makes it a memorable destination for all visitors. Take a tour of a centennial-operating woolen mill. Walk through a tour narrating the beer brewing and bottling process. Visit the Military and Space Museum or take an interactive trip through time in the Historical Museum.
If you’re looking for adventure, look no further. At one of Michigan’s top golf courses, try your swing at 18 holes of golf, or zip line through five wooded acres at Frankenmuth’s Adventure Park. With mirror mazes, indoor miniature golf and game rooms, Frankenmuth is sure to keep your family busy. Splash indoors at water parks complete with tube slides, lazy rivers and dumping buckets. We dare you not to fall in love with Frankenmuth.
Take a ride along Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage or enjoy a wine-and-chocolate-tasting boat ride down the scenic Cass River. This is Michigan gone on permanent holiday, where memories are made and traditions begin. Whether it’s riding on a paddlewheel boat cruise, watching fudge being made or walking one of the trails in Heritage Park, Frankenmuth is an ideal departure from the everyday – a town of big wooden bridges and small town moments; a place where your dreams become traditions. So when we need to simplify the agenda, when we need to spend the whole day with our kids, enjoy the warm welcome of Frankenmuth, where the simple joys of life are Pure Michigan.