An Easter Celebration in Michigan’s Little Bavaria: Osterbrunnen

Easter eggs hang from a pink and purple tower display for Bavarian Easter Celebration

In many places, Easter traditions mean a visit from that beloved bunny and a basket chock-full of chocolates. But here in Frankenmuth, each year at Easter, we celebrate the true and timeless German tradition known only as Osterbrunnen — and we welcome you to take in all the sights, sounds (and sweets!) with us this spring during our Bavarian Easter Celebration, right here in Pure Michigan!

History of the Osterbrunnen

Little girl in front of Osterbrunnen fountain

The Osterbrunnen tradition (German for “Easter Well” or “Easter Fountain”) began over 100 years ago, when German villagers would decorate their wells each spring to honor water, essential for life, while also honoring Easter, the feast of renewed life. Everything from brightly colored eggs to evergreen garlands and “Pensala” (paper ribbons) were used to deck the wells and fountains, until the celebration soon grew into a friendly competition between villages in Upper Franconia, Germany and beyond. By the 1980s, nearly 200 villages had taken on the tradition, gathering together each year to greet spring joyfully.

How To Celebrate Osterbrunnen In Frankenmuth

This Easter, don’t settle for a boxed chocolate Easter Bunny and a few dip-dyed eggs! Come to Frankenmuth and immerse yourself in our Bavarian Easter Celebration, where a modern day twist on old world Osterbrunnen traditions will help you celebrate new life while making memories that’ll last a lifetime!

2 Kids in front of Osterbrunnen decor outside of Bavarian Inn Lodge

Not sure how to make the most of this magical time of year in Frankenmuth? Start by strolling Main Street! You’ll find bold, beautiful (and completely colorful!) egg displays throughout town and #SeeFrankenmuth draped in decorations as we wait for blooming spring beauties like daffodils and Easter bells to arrive. While making your way along Main, you’ll even enjoy ornate Osterbrunnen sculptures throughout our Bavarian village, many of which are modeled after those seen in Germany.

More Ways To Enjoy Easter In Frankenmuth

Family sitting with Easter Bunny at Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland
Boy in front of Osterbrunnen decor

Easter festivities in Frankenmuth, of course, don’t end with the dazzling colored egg displays, bright spring decorations, and sculptures (and they don’t end on Easter Sunday, either!) Pack up your littles and your loved ones and get to Michigan’s Little Bavaria between April 5th and May 5th to enjoy the Frankenmuth Bavarian Easter Celebration, along with any (and all!) of these added Easter enjoyments:

Looking for fun easter events for kids here in Pure Michigan? Try these Frankenmuth favorites:

April 5 – May 5
Frankenmuth Bavarian Easter Celebration

April 5-20
Easter Bunny Visits Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland

April 14
The Bunny Lunch @ Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Meet The Blogger:
Blair Cook, a Go Great Lakes Bay native, is the Founder + Creative Director at Brandscape, a boutique marketing firm that helps Pure Michigan businesses build their brands with handspun, original content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories and travel tips about the places she loves!