Friday, May 20, 2016

Past POIs - Frankenmuth [Frankenmuth, Michigan, United States of America]

During one of our Black Friday trips, we visited Frankenmuth, one of many places that Allison has visited in the past with her family, but I haven't been and it was close to our shopping stop, so we stopped here for a visit.

Frankenmuth's name comes from two parts, Franken, which is a province of Franconica in the Kingdom of Bavaria, and Mut which means courage in German. Frankenmuth was settled in 1845 by immigrants of Franconia Germany, hence the name.

Here, you will find what a lot of people refer to as little Bavaria, with a lot of ties back to Germany, such as the buildings that they have, the classic chicken dinners available and just the overall feel to the area. At only 7.87 km2 (3.04 square miles), it is not a big area, so, don't expect to spend too much time here, but I think 2-3 hours overall is a good amount of time to allocate for a visit. Add another hour if you plan to eat here.

A sample of things that you can visit include Michigan's Military and Space Heroes Museum, the Glockenspiel (a clock tower), and Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, which is the world's largest Christmas store!

While I wouldn't recommend visiting here just for Frankenmuth, if you are in the area, I think it is a worthwhile stopover especially for Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland.

Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!

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