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Frankenmuth Labor Day ‘Bridge Walk’ going strong after 33 years

Frankenmuth Labor Day ‘Bridge Walk’ going strong after 33 years


FRANKENMUTH, Mich. August 22, 2019 – In 1986, hundreds of Frankenmuth residents and guests came together to walk over the Bavarian Inn Wooden Covered Bridge (Holz Brücke) in honor of Labor Day. 33 years later, the tradition continues, with this year’s Bridge Walk taking place at noon on Monday, September 2.

Beginning on the east side of the 239-foot bridge, which spans the Cass River between the Bavarian Inn Lodge and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, the walk takes approximately five minutes and ends later at the Fischer Platz outdoor café located at the southwest corner of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Walkers can then enjoy musical entertainment, with all their favorite food and beverages available for purchase.

The walk was the idea of Al and Louise Schneider, a Frankenmuth couple who had in their minds the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk tradition.

“They came up with the idea at home, just thinking out loud about bringing that spirit right here at home in Frankenmuth,” recalls Bavarian Inn President Bill Zehnder. “We’re so happy to play our part in keeping their vision and tradition alive.”

Made with timbers from Oregon and locally sourced shingles for its roof, the bridge was originally built in 1980 and restored four years ago, with 16-foot planks forming the roadway.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating over 130 years of service, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities make a trip to Frankenmuth incomplete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at

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About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in Frankenmuth is one of the state's largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children's play village and Willy's Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at

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Contact Info
Sue Voyles
713 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Phone: 734.667.2005