The charming tourist town of Frankenmuth, Michigan is just a few miles north of Flint along I-75. Nicknamed “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” the town’s architecture and local attractions celebrate the heritage of the Germans who settled the area in 1845. The unique shops and restaurants, along with the many festivals and celebrations, bring over 3 million visitors to Frankenmuth each year. Pristine Agency Travel invites you to take a closer look at some must-see attractions and events in this unique little Michigan town.
At the south end of downtown, on opposite sides of the street, are the restaurants that made this little town famous. Zehnder’s Restaurant was founded in 1928 when William and Emilie Zehnder purchased and renovated the New Exchange Hotel. Across the street, the Bavarian Inn was founded in 1950, when the Zehnder family bought the Fischer Hotel. They continued the tradition of family-style chicken dinners, and expanded the restaurant to include a new Bavarian-themed dining room and costumed servers. Both restaurants offer German specialties as well as all-you-can-eat chicken dinners, served family style, with several courses of delicious soup, salads, buttery noodles, mashed potatoes, and dessert. Each restaurant is home to several specialty shops that offer gifts, chocolates, and pastries.
There is always something great happening in Frankenmuth. The last week in January, teams of snow and ice carvers come from all over the world to compete during Zehnder’s Snowfest, and tens of thousands flock to see their creations. As spring gives way to summer, Frankenmuth rolls out the good times with festivals dedicated to 80’s music and ragtime jazz. Summer kicks off with the Bavarian Festival and parade, and a carnival in Bicentennial Park. The AutoFest, Balloons over Bavarian Inn, Oktoberfest, and the World Expo of Beer round out the calendar of events. Across the river from downtown, the River Place Shops offer homemade treats and unique shopping for the whole family.
Hotels are plentiful here, and rates are reasonable, but rooms book fast during festival weekends. Just south of town, Zehnder’s Splash Village features a recently expanded waterpark and shuttle service to downtown. The Bavarian Inn Lodge, across the river from its namesake restaurant, offers both a waterslide and indoor golf courses to keep visitors entertained.
Michigan is fast becoming one of the most popular states for travel in the U.S. From its national and state parks to its culture and charm in its many small and not so small communities, you can’t help but be inspired by all this lovely state has to offer you on your vacation. Find out for yourself and be sure to visit Frankenmuth on your next trip.