Nestled in Michigan’s quaint Bavarian city of Frankenmuth flows the gentle Cass River, where an old-fashioned paddlewheel riverboat invites guests to step back in time. The Bavarian Belle offers a unique way to explore this German-inspired town and surrounding landscapes from the vantage of the water.
The stately riverboat replicates a 19th century steamer. A complete renovation restored her to the beautiful vessel seen today, with a 150-person capacity across her three enclosed decks.
Daily during the warm weather months of early May to mid-October, the Bavarian Belle departs on one-hour narrated sightseeing cruises along the river. The journey highlights Frankenmuth’s distinctive Germanic architecture, bustling shops, and outdoor beer gardens. Beyond town, the route drifts by green forests and farmland.
Knowledgeable guides entertain passengers with stories of the region’s history, folklore, and landmarks along the way. Or relax topside and feel the breeze while taking in peaceful river scenery. At journey’s end, disembark feeling restored, having seen Frankenmuth from a nostalgic new perspective.
The Bavarian Belle boards her guests at River Place shops, located at 925 South Main Street in downtown Frankenmuth.
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