Silent Night Chapel at Bronner’s in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Replica of Oberndorf, Austria.
One of the little souvenirs I picked up at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan last summer.
Friday, July 8 we spent all day in Frankenmuth, nicknamed Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Many of you know that I grew up in Germany (even if it wasn’t Bavaria), so it probably won’t come as a surprise that we had to include this town in our adventures, and spend more than just a few hours there.
This was by no means relaxing, we did a LOT of walking (boy, did walking all those miles on the treadmill those last couple of years come in handy!! My feet didn’t hurt at all!). Our day started mid morning when only a few other people seemed to be around. This place wakes up in the evening and gets really crowded. We checked out a lot of the stores, did some wine tasting, watched the Glockenspiel at Noon, had a late lunch at the Frankenmuth Brewery, sampled some cheeses at the Cheese Haus (they had chocolate cheese, that was surprisingly delicious, especially the chocolate peanut butter cheese!). We went back to the hotel to get the car to drive to Bronner’s, supposedly the world’s largest Christmas store, because it was too far to walk, especially after walking around all day. It certainly is a HUGE store, and I browsed most of it by myself while Greg and the kids waited patiently at the snack bar. Check out their Trivia page!
After leaving Bronner’s, we walked next door to the Silent Night Chapel, which is a replica of Stille Nacht Kapelle in Oberndorf, Austria, where the Christmas carol “Silent Night” was first performed in 1818.
Frankenmuth is such a pretty town, and Sara loved it so much, she said she wanted to move there 🙂