The Bavarian Inn Lodge Frankenmuth Michigan

Living in Ontario we are lucky for family getaways. There are so many great destinations to visit within a days drive or less from us. One of these destinations is Frankenmuth located in Michigan, just an hour past the Canadian boarder. This unique family destination has quickly become a favourite for our family. We first discovered it when we were shopping one of the outlet malls in the area. My mom was with us and kept going on and on about this place we had to stop in and see. She said we had to go for lunch, and it was less than 10 minutes from the Birch Run Outlet mall. She told us of their family style chicken dinners that were famous and we would not be sorry. So we stopped in and loved it. Since then we have been making it a must visit spot whenever we can getaway. 


The Bavarian community of Frankenmuth is like no other I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The beauty and hospitality are both tremendous and makes you want to visit over and over again. It kind of feels like you are visiting family, relatives that are so generous and welcoming you feel all warm and fuzzy. On a recent visit to Frankenmuth we spent the night at The Bavarian Inn Lodge located just through the covered bridge when you first enter town.  The history of the Inn is the focus of each room. From when settlers arrived in Frankenmuth from Germany in 1845 . Each room has family pictures and a story about the family. The rooms are spacious and ours had two double beds, a balcony and mini fridge. There was a television, a desk along with everything else needed for a family like mine. For an additional $15 we were able to get a rolling cot brought to our room. Our balcony looked out over towards the river and we could see the wooden covered bridge as well as the Family Fun center where the tube slide and body slide shoot out the side of the tower.


Throughout the Inn you can find small details that added to the Bavarian feel. Dolls, colourfull patterns on carpets and drapes and hand painted murals are some of the things that made us feel as though we were actually in a Bavarian village. Located in the Bavarian Inn is Oma’s restaurant and a lounge. We were there on a Friday night and enjoyed live entertainment while we had a late dinner. Children were allowed in the lounge until 10pm. After that it was adults only. Across the parking lot and through the covered bridge is the Bavarian Inn Restaurant (I will be posting about that later). You can walk or take the complimentary shuttle to the restaurant to enjoy an authentic traditional German style meal in one of their beautiful dining rooms. After that I suggest checking out their unique shops.


We were there just before Halloween and there was so much for the family to do.

The staff of the Bavarian Inn were so friendly and welcoming. They brought us extra towels and blankets as my mom tagged along for the visit. They were always smiling and happy to help direct us as needed. We had a great time visiting at the Lodge. Below are some of the fun things we did while we were at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. You will see all the detailed decor for the season and the hand-painted murals as well as the fun for all who visit. 

There is no shortage of food either. You can eat in the restaurant, lounge or your room. There is even a gift shop on site with yummy treats and German wine and beer. 


The Family Fun Center is a great place to enjoy your stay. 18 hole mini golf, video games, cafe and Bavarian themed play center are great for the children. Then there is the four indoor pools, 2 water slides and 3 whirlpools. We had so much for the kids did not want to leave. The water slide requires a wristband you get when you register and the mini golf passes can be purchased at any time. 

family fun

My daughter loved playing in the small heated pool and my boys who are both teens loved the slides. I lost count how many times they went up the stairs and down the slides. I even went myself a few times. It was a blast! My mom did not bring her swimsuit but that was ok. there were lots of chairs set up for family to still hang out. Lots of towels as well. The pools do close in the middle of the day around check out for cleaning, but they are open late daily. 

I know I said the Bavarian Inn Lodge is a fun family destination, however it would also be a great weekend getaway for couples. There are many elements that are very romantic as well as an adult only pool and Jacuzzi. Plus all the wine and beer you can taste is amazing. We are looking forward to visiting again. We love visiting Frankenmuth and very much enjoyed the Bavarian Inn Lodge. 

The next time you are planning a getaway, check out the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. You will be glad you did. They have free WiFi as well 🙂

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  1. I've heard so many good things about Frankenmuth and really want to visit eventually. I have great love for anything German (since my mom was born in Germany) and think this would be a cute place to take the family to enjoy some time away. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. kerriemendoza says

    Frankenmuth looks like such a fabulous place to visit. It is one of the places on my "must see" list. I love US shopping and like the idea of a town with such a quaint feel and steeped in history.
    Great, informative post – makes me want to go even more!
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  3. Oh wow, it sounds like a neat way to visit "Germany" without leaving the continent! What an interesting destination to visit! The family fun center looks like it would be great for the kids to play in!
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  4. Frankenmuth is a wonderful place to visit. I visited long long time ago with my parents but have not been able to take my kids yet. We're usually near the outlet malls when we plan a road trip to Michigan 😉

    The Bavarian Inn Lodge looks like a fabulous place to stay especially for those travelling with kids. My kids would have a blast at the Family Fun Center. Maybe on our next trip we'll have to skip the outlets or plan a few nights in Frankenmuth
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  5. It looks like a great place to stay and visit. So much to do!

    I've not heard of this town before as I'm in the West, but I've been to a similar town in Washington State where it had that "Bavarian" feel to it – restaurants, shops. In the summer the flower boxes on the windows were so pretty.


  6. I have never been there, but it looks like such a great weekend getaway with the family!!! I love the Bavarian theme as well! I have been to Leavenworth, Washington hundreds of times {yes, seriously} and it is Bavarian themed and just amazingly awesome!

  7. Wow, look at that fun center! I'll remember this if we are in the area, you had me at Bavarian! 😉

  8. It looks a nice spot! My grandmother is German and I took German in high school. I was always fascinated by their culture and would love to experience it one day.
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  9. Looks like an awesome place to stay and visit.
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  10. casavilorainteriors says

    Looks like a great little getaway! God knows I need one! Thanks for sharing

  11. Those water slides look like so much fun!

  12. I've never been to Michigan. It looks sort of cozy! I like the no shortage of food thing too. 😉

  13. What a lovely place to stay!

  14. What a charming looking place. If I'm ever in that area, I'd definitely stay there!

  15. I've never heard of Frankenmuth before but it seems like a fun place! It is convenient that there is a lot to do just right there so you don't have to worry about finding activities kids will enjoy and driving a far distance.
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  16. Seems like it would be a fun getaway with the family!

  17. I live in Michigan and going to Frankenmuth is one of our favorite things to do. However, we've never been lucky enough to stay at the Bavarian Inn. Looks like a great place to stay.

  18. deannaheiliger says

    This looks and sounds very quaint and homey. I like the Family Fun Center…a must when traveling with kids! 🙂

  19. I love how family friendly this place is – my son would have an amazing time, especially with all of the opportunities to run around and do active things.

  20. mamatomanyblessings says

    looks like a nice place to visit, looks like lots to do too!
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  21. I know so many people that go to Frankenbuth from London. I have one girlfriend that makes the trip every year with a few other ladies and all they do is go shopping. I have to admit, I have never been but at least now I know where I should be staying. Great review Kim.
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  22. I love Frankenmuth! We usually camp when we go but I've been curious about this Inn so it's great to learn more about it!
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  23. CanadianMomEh says

    I've never heard of this place before. Looks like fun! Great review and I love your pictures.

  24. Looks super comfy and cozy.

  25. Koala Bear Writer says

    Looks like a fun place to stay! I love hotels with character. 🙂
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  26. The Family Fun Center is so cute. Any good biergarten's around?

  27. agatapokutycka says

    Looks like a fun place to go for a short break

  28. Sounds like this place provided lots of great memories for you. Looks like it will provide a lot of great memories for a lot more people as well!

  29. Looks so cute! I've never heard of Frankenmuth, sounds like a great pit stop on my next outlet trip!
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  30. Oh wow, this looks like an incredible place to stay! I wish I was in the area, I would get in there immediately lol.

  31. Marjory Johnson says

    Looks like an amazing place to just getaway. I haven't heard of this place before, so thank you for sharing.

  32. Stephanie Clopton says

    I wish I could go on vacation…this looks like amazing place!

  33. Wow this looks like so much fun for the whole family. Great to know about it.

  34. danisdecadentdeals says

    What a cute little place! I live in California, but I am always looking for new places to travel too! I love the idea of a Bavarian village! We have a Dutch village in California called Solvang.:)

  35. Loved the review of the Bavarian inn lodge. I especially love the food pics!
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  36. Marielle Altenor says

    Sounds like you and your family had a great time. The part about each rooms having some sort of history with a family picture is both intriguing and scary at the same time lol like haunted heheheh I need to make a trip south to get some shopping done. Thanks for the great review!! 🙂

  37. Lucky you, it looks great. I wish I could go there

  38. virtualgurus says

    That looks like such a cool & cozy place… I love how you gave all the pics and info so we could really see what the experience is like 🙂

  39. Autumn is a great time to visit Frankenmuth. Thanks for bringing your family. (Only 42 days until Christmas!)

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