Frankenmuth is a city of about 4,838 people in southeastern Michigan, which was originally settled in 1845 by 15 Lutheran Germans who intended to spread the Christian religion to the Native American population in the area. The town today capitalizes on this German background, billing itself as "Michigan's Little Bavaria", and styling its downtown after an idealized image of a 19th-century Germany village. Visitors may find it to be unbearably kitschy, but there's a great sense of fun and an almost theme-park-like feel about the downtown area.

Get in

By car

Frankenmuth is situated close to I-75, between Flint and Saginaw. Coming north from Detroit, take exit 136 and travel east on M-54, then north on M-83. Coming south from Mackinaw City, take exit 149 and travel east on M-46, then south on M-83.

Get around

You'll need a car to reach the downtown area; fortunately, parking is abundant, even during heavy tourist periods. Most of the main attractions downtown are easily reached by walking, but you might want to pull the car back out to get to some of the more far-flung locations.



Frankenmuth plays host to several festivals throughout the year:



One of the main attractions in Frankenmuth is its famous all-you-can-eat chicken dinners, offered at both of its two large downtown restaurants. For $20 per person (as of March 2011), diners are served homemade breads (including stollen), butter, preserves, chicken noodle soup, salad, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered noodles, hot vegetable, and homemade ice cream. The centrepiece, of course, is the mouth-wateringly juicy fried chicken. If you're a non-vegetarian visiting Frankenmuth, don't miss it.

Many other German dishes can be found in town as well, including wienerschnitzel, sauerbraten, and a variety of German sausages.

Other spots to try:



There are multiple hotels in Frankenmuth to choose from. Two major hotels in the city (Bavarian Inn and Zehnder's) are related but distinct entities, each owned by one of the major downtown restaurants and both adjacent to the downtown area.

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