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Nickname : Little Bavaria, Muth, The Muth
Downtown Frankenmuth
Downtown Frankenmuth
Location in Michigan
Frankenmuth (Michigan)
Basic data
Foundation : 1845
State : United States
State : Michigan
County : Saginaw County
Coordinates : 43 ° 20 ′  N , 83 ° 45 ′  W Coordinates: 43 ° 20 ′  N , 83 ° 45 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Residents : 4,944 (as of 2012)
Population density : 696.3 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 7.2 km 2  (about 3 mi 2 ) of
which 7.1 km 2  (about 3 mi 2 ) is land
Height : 193 m
Postal code : 48734
Area code : +1 989
FIPS : 26-30200
GNIS ID : 0626405
Website :
Mayor : Gary C. Rupprecht

Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the US state of Michigan .

In 2012 the population was 4944. The city is located in the Frankenmuth Township , but is politically independent. The " Bronner's Christmas Wonderland ", which claims to be the world's largest Christmas business, is in Frankenmuth. The town is popularly called The Muth or Little Bavaria ("Little Bavaria").


The city covers an area of ​​7.2 km², of which 7.1 km² are land and 0.2 km² are water. The Cass River flows through the city .


The area was settled in 1845 by immigrants from Franconia , most of whom were born in the Ross Valley . This explains the name of the place. The addition of courage actually means “courage”, only the spelling is different according to the time. The surrounding area was also populated by Franks, which is also reflected in the naming ( Frankenlust , Frankentrost and Frankenhilf). The city was founded by August Friedrich Crämer from Kleinlangheim .

Many emigrants were conservative Lutherans . Wilhelm Löhe ( Neuendettelsau ) brought together the fragmented congregations in the region and also influenced the missionary work. The missionary work of the Chippewa came from Frankenmuth . Today the Lutheran congregation is a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod .


In Frankenmuth there are 4838 people in 2123 households. There are 1322 families. The population density is 684.2 inhabitants per km². 98.8% of the population are White US Americans, 0.27% African Americans, 0.21% Native Americans (Indians), 0.29% Asian, 0.06% Other, and 0.37% are from two or more ethnicities.

54.8% are married, 24.8% of households have children under the age of 18, 37.7% are singles.

Town twinning

Church in Frankenmuth
  • Flag of Germany.svg Gunzenhausen (Bavaria)
  • The Lutheran Community of Frankenmuth maintains friendly relations with the St. Nikolaigemeinde Neuendettelsau .


The main source of income is tourism. Frankenmuth has around three million visitors every year who want to see the “Bavarian” shops or restaurants. Best known is Bronner's Christmas Wonderland and the Zehnder’s and Bavarian Inn restaurants . Frankenmuth also attracts tourists with its folk festivals.


Most of the houses in the city are built in the Franconian style. In addition, the streets were signposted based on the German model. The Silent Night Chapel is a curiosity: It is a true-to-original copy of the chapel of the same name in the town of Oberndorf in the Salzburg region ( Austria ).


The classic rock band Greta Van Fleet comes from Frankenmuth.

Web links

Commons : Frankenmuth  - Collection of images, videos and audio files