GT-40 Attractions…More Than Just Beautiful Cars

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We've previously mentioned Michigan’s natural beauty with its abundant water shoreline, the small bustling town of Frankenmuth built almost entirely around a Bavarian theme, and a few must-see auto attractions in the state.

Our second article focused on the Bavarian Inn Lodge that will be the center of the week’s activities. We mentioned the City festival the weekend before, the paddlewheel riverboat cruises, and the commemorative T-shirt we are offering that list all forty past GTs. For this issue, we would like to point out some attractions the area has to offer.

Bronners Christmas WonderlandFirst is Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland that celebrates Christmas year-round in over seventy languages. The 2.1 acres of showroom glitters and glistens with more than 800 animated figures, 500 different styled nativity sets, and 260 fully decorated Christmas trees. In all, there are over 50,000 trims and gifts for all seasons, reasons, and budgets.


St Lorenz Lutheran ChurchPopular Frankenmuth attractions include a beautiful 19th century church. St. Lorenz Lutheran Church has stunning stained glass with architecture that retains its Franconian history. Look for the self guided tour brochures in the entry right before you walk into the sanctuary.

Frankenmuth Military Museum

Don't miss Michigan’s Military and Space Museum. Believe me, you do not have to be from Michigan to appreciate this gem. From the outside this museum looks small and one might not expect how much history is found inside. Showcases tell the story of modern armed conflict and space exploration on the human level of combatants and astronauts. Looking at each showcase that shows these stories is haunting and awesome.

River PlaceRiver Place is near your host hotel with over 40 shops styled in a European village theme. The shops include fudge, candles, award winning whiskey and vodka distillery tasting, leather, popcorn, old time photos, Michigan’s largest bead shop, ladies wear, sweets, German clothing, crepes, and a bar & grill. And there are lots of benches for just sitting and watching the world go by. More shops of interest are the city’s two woolen mills, the sausage makers, and a cuckoo clock shop. The Frankenmuth Woolen Mill has served the local area since 1894. The Zeilinger Wool Company began in 1910. Kern’s Sausages has been family owned since 1949 and Willi’s Sausage Company has a wide variety of smoked meats and cheese. The Frankenmuth Clock Company has the biggest selection of German black forest cuckoo clocks east of the Mississippi. Getting hungry? Two popular spots are Zehnders (seen above,) and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Yum! See you in Frankenmuth.

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Last updated on March 30, 2015.