Wilkommen! to Frankenmuth, Michigan. Wilkomen is German for welcome, an offer to come and join in. Something we don’t hear enough of these days. Frankenmuth, Michigan’s little Bavaria, is a place to find all the things that make time together meaningful. It’s a place of horse-drawn carrriages and covered bridges; of river boat cruises and world famous chicken dinners.
There are loads of things for you and your family to do in Frankenmuth. With festivals year round, the town welcomes visitors with Bavarian hospitality regardless of the season. It’s a great place for a day trip for the family or a weekend retreat with friends. Activities include concerts in the park, indoor and outdoor family fun, and even pet friendly fun.
If you are a shopper, this is your perfect destination. Shops include anything from leather to silk, china to sporting goods, apparel to gifts and much more.
For dining there are breweries, coffee shops, French, German and Oriental cuisines, and plenty of fast food and sweet shops. Lodging includes hotels, motels, B&Bs, and RV/campgrounds for your convenience.
From fantastic food, eclectic shopping and entertainment, to rich historical beauty and culture, Frankenmuth is the ideal departure from the ordinary every day.
Well, not really! If you like scenery and unsurpassed mountain views, the mountain village of Zermatt, Switzerland is the place for you. It is one of the great ski and climbing centers of the world. Even if you don’t ski or climb there is much to do in this little village nestled in a deep valley enclosed between steeply scarped mountains. And, of course, the mountains are dominated by the huge and gracefully curved pyramid of the Matterhorn.
In Zermatt there are no cars. So, from the moment you step off the Swiss-red train, catch sight of the cobbled streets and horses with sleighs patiently waiting for their rides, and glimpse the Matterhorn, you will know you are in a special place. The silence and fresh alpine air creates a welcoming atmosphere, amid the pedestrians – locals and visitors alike.
Even though Zermatt is a quaint little village they are equipped with comprehensive emergency service, doctors, dentist, pharmacies and 4 helicopters at their heliport. There are many sports shops with ski, snowboard, mountain bike & climbing equipment sales and rentals. And for those of us only there for the spectacular views there are many restaurants, jewelers, souvenir shops, boutiques and more. The language is German but English is spoken throughout the village too. Have a great trip!
Not far from anywhere in Ohio, there is a small town in Michigan called Frankenmuth. Frankenmuth’s history dates back to 1840, through Frederick Wyneken, a German Lutheran missionary, whose work covered Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. Frederick Wyneken, noted that the German settlers of the Saginaw Valley lacked pastors, churches and schools. Frederick reqested help from Lutherans in Germany. It wasn’t long before he got an answer. Wilhelm Loehe, a pastor in Neuendettelsau, Mittelfranekn, Kingdom, sent a congregation of 13, mainly farmers, to the Saginaw Valley. Their purpose was to offer spiritual aid to the German emigrants and to bring Christianity to the Chippewa tribes.
The settlement consisted of many farms, and eventually various trades and businesses which included mills such as flour, saw and woolens, and the manufacturing of beer, sausages and cheeses.
In the 1950’s, the people of Frankenmuth saw an opportunity to increase the tourist trade when Interstate 75 was built right next to them. Many of the buildings used German inspired architecture and in 1958 William Zehnder Jr. held the first Bavariam Festival to announce his newly remodeled Bavarian Inn.
Today, Frankenmuth still boasts 53% of it’s population is of German decent. It has become a favorite tourist attraction for over three million people each year. They offer a multitude of entertainment, planned events, tours of sausage and cheese companies, and wonderful shopping areas. For a fun time for the whole family visit Frankenmuth year round.