Looking for a town with great food, an interesting history and fun annual festivals? Become one of the 3 million tourists a year that flock to Frankenmuth! Home to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, Zehnder’s Chicken and the Bavarian Inn Lodge, there is so much to discover. My family recently spent a weekend in Frankenmuth and had a wonderful time exploring “Michigan’s Little Bavaria.”

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Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland

25 Christmas Lane, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 | (989) 652-9931

No Matter what time of the year it is, it’s always Christmas at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. A trip to Bronner’s is a must when visiting Frankenmuth. There are decorations and ornaments for just about anything you can think of – many of which include free personalization. You can even call Santa directly to listen to a message from him. It really is a unique experience. Both of our kids said “wow” as soon as we walked in and loved picking out ornaments.


River Place Shops

Near the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Main Street, you will find the outdoor River Place Shops with over 40 stores. Highlights include:

  • Sugarhigh Bakery – The owner won Cupcake Wars on the Food Network.
  • The Popcorn Wagon – Featuring over 40 flavors of popcorn.
  • Frankenmuth Old Time Photo – Get an “old time photo” taken of you and your family as a keepsake.
  • Hello Cats and Dogs – Featuring unique gifts for our furry friends.
  • N’Orlins Beignets & Coffee – Yum!
  • And many more! Click here for a full list.


(photo courtesy of Zehnder’s Splash Village)

Zehnder’s Splash Village

1365 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 | (800) 863-7999

Located inside Zehnder’s Hotel is an amazing indoor water park. If you aren’t staying at the hotel, you can still grab a day pass. The waterpark features a raft ride, water basketball, river, water geysers, even private cabanas.

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Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth 

730 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 | (800) 863-7999

If you plan to stop at Zehnder’s Restaurant, you better come hungry! Zehnder’s is known for their all-you-can-eat “world famous family-style chicken dinners” which features breads, appetizers, entrees and dessert. A full children’s menu is available, or you can add a child to your family-style meal for a reasonable price.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Bavarian Inn Restaurant

713 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 | (800) 228-2742

You’ll love the traditional feel of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. From the authentic dress of the servers, to the European-themed dining rooms, you’ll feel like you have stepped into Germany. Features include all-you-can-eat chicken dinners, homemade ice cream and traditional German fare such as wiener schnitzel and sauerbraten.

Frankenmuth Brewery

Frankenmuth Brewery  

425 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 | (989) 262-8300

Frankenmuth Brewery was founded in 1862, making it Michigan’s “original craft brewery.” With 19 beers on tap, the restaurant also features a large outdoor space looking out over the Cass River. A full children’s menu is available.

Main Street Cheez Haus


Main Street

Take a stroll down Main Street where you will find many interesting shops. Shops to explore include Cheese Haus, Zak and Mac Candy Store, Frankenmuth Taffy Kitchen, Rau’s Country Store and Frankenmuth Fudge Kitchen, which even offers free samples.

Bavarian Bell Riverboat

Bavarian Belle Riverboat

Float down the Cass River aboard the Bavarian Belle Riverboat. During the one-hour trip, you’ll learn about the city, history of the river and see lots of wild life. It’s a very relaxing ride with snacks and beverages available for purchase.

Horse Carriage

Frankenmuth Carriage Company and Fantasy Carriage Company

Explore Frankenmuth on a horse-drawn carriage. See where residents live and learn historical facts about the city.


Tourists travel from all over to attend the many festivals held in Frankenmuth. Click here for a full list of upcoming events.

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Bavarian Inn Lodge - Mini Golf


Bavarian Inn Lodge

1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 | (844) 264-9023

The Bavarian Inn Lodge sits on the beautiful Cass River and is right in the center of Downtown Frankenmuth. If you stay at the Bavarian Inn, you are steps away from the River Place shops, Main Street, restaurants and entertainment. The hotel itself features mini golf, arcade center, four indoor pools, kiddie pool, two waterslides, three restaurants and a Sunday brunch.

Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark

1365 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 | (800) 863-7999

Zehnder’s hotel is home to “Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark!” In addition to the waterpark, the hotel features 178 rooms, including 74 suites, many of which offer a view of the water play area. There are also two restaurants and shuttle service to other locations.