From Bratwurst to the World’s Largest Christmas Store: Frankenmuth, Michigan

A truly hidden treasure lies 1 ½ hours north of Detroit. The State of Michigan has many hidden treasures, and in this small German town, known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” you can find a lot of heart and soul. Frankenmuth was founded by German-Lutheran missionaries in 1844. Today, St. Lorenz church still stands as a testament of their faith which offers a German service once a month, and daily tours for visitors.

If you’re looking for European Christmas spirit in the U.S., Frankenmuth is the place to go! The winter here holds a ton of fun for visitors. You can stop in at the end of January for the Snow Fest. You can enjoy the snow sculpting and ice carving competitions, fireworks, and many more activities. The main attraction is Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. It’s the world’s largest Christmas store and is as big as 5 ½ football fields!! You can get everything you ever wanted and more! My parents got us hand painted Christmas tree bulbs with our names on them, and they do the names right there in the store while you wait!

Many people also visit Frankenmuth in the summer for their Bavarian Festival. It is a great weekend of Bavarian music, German bands, and plump bratwurst! My grandparents live there, and they say that it’s the most beautiful time of year. The community really takes care of the look and feel of the town, so if you like to take in the sites, make sure to stop and smell the flowers! For more info on the Bavarian Festival, you can call 1-800-FUNFEST or go to for other ideas about the summer concerts in the park, or the world expo of beers.
Some of my favorite places to eat in Frankenmuth are the Bavarian Inn, where my dad worked, and Zehnders, where my mom worked. They were working right across the street from each other, and happened to meet on a blind date, set up by friends. They dated, got married, and 30 years later, are living happily together in Michigan. Take a chance on Frankenmuth on your next visit to Michigan, it truly exudes the family atmosphere that vacations are all about!

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2 Responses to “From Bratwurst to the World’s Largest Christmas Store: Frankenmuth, Michigan”

  1. 1 Lori Libka December 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for your post about Frankenmuth and Bronner’s and for sharing your personal connection to the town.
    Lori Libka
    communications assistant

    • 2 Kristyn December 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm

      You are welcome Lori! I make sure I go to the store every time I’m in town visiting! I love to see the new displays!!

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