Even though we like to find new adventures, it’s nice to have those favorite places you always get back to visit. For us, Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge is one of the places we go back to visit over and over. Here are the Top 5 Reasons we continue to return to Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Bavarian Inn Lodge Location
Bavarian Inn Lodge is nestled along the Cass River, and is within walking distance to Riverplace Shops, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Heritage Park, and all the shops on Main Street.
Even though they have a shuttle to take you across the river, we love to walk over the wooden bridge instead.
Bavarian Inn Lodge Rooms
Each room is named for a German Immigrant family who settled into the Frankenmuth area. There are 360 European themed rooms, and each tells a family story. Part of the room decor is photos of the family, documents on their history, contributions to the area, and if there are still members of the family still in Frankenmuth area. This is such a unique way to share the history of Germans, and their immigration to America, specifically to Frankenmuth, Michigan. It’s nice to come back each time and read about a new family. You can find a name directory here, if you would like to learn more.
There are rooms with balconies to overlook the Cass River, and we’ve enjoyed having those rooms. Once we even had a room on the Family Fun Center level on the river side, and you could walk right out to the grass and walk along the river.
Our other favorites have been rooms with the large tower balcony that faces Heritage Park. Staying in one of these rooms during winter can be fun if there is snowfall, because you can go out and play in the snow!
Bavarian Inn Lodge Pools & Slides
Need I say more?? When we started to bring our girls when they were very young, they loved the indoor pools, since we would come stay a lot during the winter. There are 4 indoor pools, and 3 whirlpools, including one of each for adults only.
The two water slides were added in 2012, and adds to the fun!
Bavarian Inn Lodge Things To Do
Bavarian Inn Lodge has a Family Fun Center, and it is the largest in any Midwest hotel, with over 160 games.
They also have air hockey and pool tables.
Over the years our girls have had fun being competitive with each other, and also working together toward prizes.
When it comes to competition, our girls bring it to the 18 hole indoor Putt Putt course. I typically remind them to review their “rules” before starting, because they usually disagree about something, lol.
When our girls we much younger, they enjoyed the toddler play area. Matt and I would sit and relax while our girls ran around, played in the mini village, and climb on the slides for hours.
Depending on which days of the week, or what season of the year you stay, there are lots of activities put on in the Ratskeller. During the winter, we liked to stay a long weekend in December, before Christmas. This is a great time, because they would have tons of games and activities over the weekends. Check out the fun playing musical chairs, build a snowman, face painting, and limbo. Karaoke was one of Emma’s favorites, no surprise there!!
Bavarian Inn Lodge Restaurants
There are 3 restaurants inside the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Oma’s Restaurant, Lorelei Lounge, and Ratskeller. Oma’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have a great Sunday breakfast buffet, which is where we first found their potato cheese dumplings. Now these are a must have when we visit Frankenmuth.
Lorelei Lounge & Schnitzelbank Bier Garten is open for the evenings only. Personally we’ve only been in there once, but had a good time. We had the kids with us, which they are allowed until 10:00pm, and there was music, drinks, and the kids have Shirley Temples.
Ratskeller is where we spend a lot of our time. It’s located in the Family Fun Center, so it’s by the games and putt putt. Ratskeller is a German term for a restaurant or bar located in a basement of a city building. This Ratskeller is both a restaurant and a bar. The Holiday activities mentioned above all take place down in the Ratskeller. This is also where Matt and I like to sit and have a beer at the bar. A couple years ago, we bought Matt a growler for Father’s Day.
As you can see, there is plenty to do right in the Bavarian Inn Lodge, and they always have special packages you can purchase with your reservation. We always get the Deluxe Family Fun Package which gets us a pizza, pitcher of soda, 2 days of putt putt for 4 of us, 1 pound of fudge, $20 in game play, and 2 small mini melts.
This year we finally visited the Frankenmuth Brewery too!!
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