Day Trip: Frankenmuth, Michigan
Frankenmuth, Michigan is the next destination in our Day Trip series in which we “feature culturally interesting jaunts within an hour or two of Royal Oak which may be interesting to our readers. It’s also our hope to help our readers save their cash by giving them ideas for trips near home while promoting travel in our region.” (See previous posts on Toledo, Ohio and Flint, Michigan).
If you want to have fun in Frankenmuth, one of Michigan’s most visited tourist destinations, you’ve got to embrace it as a kitchy, campy, shrine to Bavaria. There will be lots of families and seniors, but there is a lot to enjoy about this sentimental little town including homemade chicken dinners, well-crafted Germanicly-inspired beers, hilly parks, a well-manicured 18 hole golf course. For a list of the 9 things you’ve gotta do/eat/see in Frankenmuth, read the rest of the post after the jump . . .
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. –WikiTravel
Without further adieu, here are 9 must do/eat/see things in Frankenmuth:
1. Eat a Chicken Dinner at Zehnder’s
Some people go to Bavarian Inn instead. Some people don’t have good taste.
2. Check out the Mecca of Christmas — BRONNER’S CHRISTmas WONDERLAND
3. Take a walk over the Frankenmuth Holz Brucke (Covered Bridge)
4. Shop! Cheese/ Fudge/ Candy Galor!
5. Have a picnic in Heritage Park (okay, in a couple of months . . .)
6. Stay for a night at Splash Village
7. Play Golf at the Fortress
8. Take a Horse and Buggy Ride
9. Stop by the Frankenmuth Clock Company, on the hour, to hear hundreds of ku-ku clocks!