Frankenmuth's Funship on the Cass River
Dining on warm biscuits and fried chicken at Zehnder's
Exploring Michigan's Little Bavaria on the PedAle Trolley
Tubing at Zehnders Splash Waterpark
Fireworks light up the night
The Bavarian Belle Riverboat ready to set out
Hot air balloons take to the sky outside the Bavarian Inn Lodge
Zip lining at Frankenmuth Aerial Park
A horse-drawn carriage tour through the quaint streets
An afternoon canoeing on the Cass River
Frankenmuth, German heritage with small-town appeal
One-of-a-Kind Adventure & Food
The name “Zehnder” is a big one in this city. Built in the Bavarian style, Zehnders of Frankenmuth includes Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark, a famed restaurant, a marketplace and a championship golf course within its expansive borders. Avoid the cold by hitting the slide at the indoor water park or tee-off on the course, then feast on a family-style chicken dinner at historic Zehnders Restaurant. Leave with a signature trinket from the marketplace. For more thrills and good eats, head to Bavarian Inn Lodge and waterpark and Bavarian Inn Restaurant, where traditional Michigan sides like cranberry relish and Stollen (fruit and nut bread) come with every meal. Still feeling intrepid? Frankenmuth Adventure Park offers five levels of climbing in their aerial adventure forest.
Travel Through History in Frankenmuth
There’s no better way to enjoy the slow and easy pace of Frankenmuth than on board the Bavarian Belle Riverboat, a paddlewheel-style vessel. Your tour guide relays the history of the city as you observe it from the water. Have a date night with Frankenmuth Funships, which offers wine and chocolate tastings as you cruise the Cass River. To take in the cheerful shopfronts here, sign up for one of the city’s horse carriage tours. For a broader – and tastier – perspective, stop into the Frankenmuth Historical Museum or spend an afternoon at Lager Mill, a brew store and museum. Don’t miss the glorious stained glass windows of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, the area’s oldest, which offers tours daily.
You’ll feel as though you’re in a true Bavarian village at River Place Shops, which has more than 30 boutiques and attractions. Find everything from fudge to Irish items, as well as a distillery, a maze for the kids and a nature gift shop. You can’t visit Frankenmuth without visiting Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, the biggest Christmas store in the world. Find ornaments, collectibles, trees, lights and much more as you wander through this gorgeously-decorated holiday paradise, which is open year round.
Frankenmuth is home to the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, which is open all year.
Frankenmuth is home to two of the largest independently owned restaurants in the country, serving more than 1,000,000 all-you-can-eat chicken dinners every year.
Frankenmuth has only 5,000 permanent residents but welcomes over 3,000,000 visitors annually.