Recently, I visited Frankenmuth, Michigan, USA. It is known as “Michigan’s Little Bavaria”.
Special care has been taken to make the town as authentic as possible. This is especially true of the Bronner’s Silent Night Memorial Chapel which is a replica of the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf, Austria where Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber first performed their song Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht! (Silent Night, Holy Night).
There are a number of unique shops and restaurants. Since I was only there for two days, I could not experience the richness of this special town or visit all the places.
Here are a few comments on the places that I did visit in Frankenmuth. In the River Place Shops we found La Crepe du Jour. If you like a taste of Paris crepes with a bit of sweetness than this is the place to visit.
Rau’s Country Store on Main Street was a nostalgic experience. With a wide assortment of items, especially stick candy, it gave a glimpse into what life was like on many main streets in the USA in the old days when life was simple and relaxed.
I stayed at the Bavarian Inn. Words cannot describe the beautiful milieu and the food was superb.
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth has a rich history, a beautiful place to visit and to find excellent food. Their bakery is outstanding.
Of course no visit to Frankenmuth would be complete without a visit to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland. Christmas decorations seem to go on forever with an array of elves, santas, stuffed animals and every imaginable item you could want. Christmas trees are everywhere.
Across the street is in the public park is the 55 foot steel American Bicentennial Cross erected in the 1970s by Frankenmuth Area Bicentennial Commission with private funds. See the link below for additional information.
It was a grand time. If you go, plan for few days to take in this cultural beauty in Eastern Michigan where life is relaxed and peaceful.
G. D. Williams © 2012
Silent Night Chapel Oberndorf
Rau’s Country Store
River Place Shops
Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland
The Thomas More Center
“The Cross was erected not only to memorialize the sacrifices made by our Founding Fathers in 1776, but also to memorialize Frankenmuth’s unique history and the sacrifices made by the original 15 settlers who arrived in the Frankenmuth area in1845. These settlers left their homes in the province of Middle Franconia, Bavaria to establish a religious community for the conversion of the Chippewa Indians who lived in the area.”