Dancers at the Bavarian Fest, Frankenmuth

Dancers at the Bavarian Fest, Frankenmuth

One of Michigan's favorite visitor destinations is Frankenmuth, "Michigan's Little Bavaria.” Come experience the Bavarian heritage that attracts these visitors year after year.

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Greetings from Frankenmuth, Michigan's Little Bavaria. Frankenmuth was founded in 1845 by a group of fifteen German-Lutheran missionaries who came to this area for the purpose of teaching Christianity to the Chippewa Indians. Franken depicts the province from which the settlers came and Muth means courage in German. The name Frankenmuth means “Courage of the Franconians.”

Today, Frankenmuth is a thriving community of 4,900 residents who take great pride in preserving the German heritage. Area homes, businesses and surrounding farms remain neat and clean reflecting this German ethic. Well-tended flowers and lush greenery abound in what many visitors describe as the most authentic Bavarian architecture to be found anywhere in the United States.