Frankenmuth, Michigan, Is a Taste of Germany in the U.S.
Grand castles, juicy sausages and interesting architecture await everyone who visits Germany. Sadly, we can't all just hop on a flight to experience the wonders of this European country. If that's you, we got the next best thing in the United States: Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Founded by immigrants in 1845, this town is as German as its name suggests. When settlers came to start their new life, they did their best to bring their home with them. When you visit, you'll see that houses resemble traditional Bavarian architecture, and that restaurants serve up authentic dishes like sauerbraten.
But the town's main tourist draw is its Oktoberfest celebration. Will it be the same as going to Munich? Of course not, but it'll be a mini taste of it while you save up for the real deal.
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Where to Stay in Frankenmuth
You can't come looking for the spirit of Bavaria and stay in a regular American hotel like Spring Hill Suites.
Instead, look for hotels and inns that keep up with the theme. The most German fairy tale-esque accommodation in town is the Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth. You can also stay at the 38-room Marv Herzog Hotel, which is located in front of a pleasant lake.
And if you're a fan of chains you're familiar in, but still want a Bavarian feel, choose the Drury Inn & Suites Frankenmuth.
German Town Alternative: Leavenworth, Washington
Can't make it to Michigan? You can find the spirit of Germany in Leavenworth, Washington.
Originally a timber town on the verge of extinction, Leavenworth reinvented itself in the 1960s by recreating the look and feel of a traditional Bavarian village.
Besides architecture and food, you'll find numerous festivals and events throughout the year that celebrate German heritage, like the Christmas market.
Where to stay in Leavenworth: Hotel Pension Anna
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