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Zehnder's of Frankenmuth Spending $10 million on Existing Hotel Property to Transform it to Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark


FRANKENMUTH, Mich., Aug. 12, 2004 - Southeastern Michigan residents and visitors can get into the swim of things close to home when Zehnder's of Frankenmuth transforms its existing hotel property, Zehnder's Bavarian Haus Motel, into Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark early next summer.  The four-level, 30,000 indoor waterpark, will be located adjacent to Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland just one mile from the famous 1,500-seat Zehnder's of Frankenmuth restaurant in downtown Frankenmuth.  The budget for the total project is in excess of $10 million.

"We have been studying the indoor water park hotel industry for the past two years," said Zehnder's of Frankenmuth CEO and Chairman Al Zehnder.  "This concept provides our guests with a great family entertainment venue and fits into our vision of becoming a four season family vacation destination.  Parents and grandparents can give the younger set a fun experience, and youth groups and school organizations can enjoy the water park for overnight outings."  To make way for the new water park and family suites, demolition begins in September of the Zehnder's Bavarian Haus Motel front buildings that houses 48 guest rooms, the Coffee Shop, and the guest registration lobby.

Zehnder's Bavarian Haus
1365 South Main Street
Frankenmuth, Michigan

New Features

Upon completion, the new waterpark village will offer 63 new family suites (accommodations for 4-8 guests per suite, some with whirlpools and fireplaces) for a net result of 152 guest rooms.  The name, Zehnder's Bavarian Haus Motel will be retired.

A new 125-seat restaurant open for breakfast and lunch, a lobby and guest registration area, and a 2,000 square foot game arcade will also be a part of the complex designed by one of the top waterpark teams in the country -- Water Technologies, Inc., Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and Architectural Design Consultants, Lake Delton, Wisconsin.  Both companies have worked together on many successful waterpark facilities throughout the United States.

The Zehnder's Splash Village will offer several features for toddlers to teens that include:

  • Two, 4-story tube slides
  • A lazy river
  • One body slide
  • Multi-story play structure
  • Dumping bucket
  • Zero entry pool (perfect for toddlers)
  • Floor geysers and whirlpool
  • Water play features including sprays and water guns
Throughout the construction period and after, hotel guests can continue to use the present indoor pool and whirlpool facility.

The Bavarian town of Frankenmuth, 90 miles north of Detroit, is one of the state's top tourist destinations with more than 3 million visitors each year.  In addition to its restaurant with marketplace, bakery and gift store, Zehnder's of Frankenmuth owns and operates the 18-hole championship golf course, The Fortress.  In 1998, Golf Digest recognized The Fortress as one of the top 450 public golf courses in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  Zehnder's also owns and operates Rapunzel's, an upscale specialty retail store and Magic of the Seasons, a specialty retail store featuring seasonal merchandise and collectibles located in Frankenmuth River Place on Main Street.  Frankenmuth was voted the best day trip in Michigan by Detroit News readers, and Zehnder's was honored as one of the top vacation-stop restaurants in the state.


Zehnder's of Frankenmuth
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Also See: Hotel Waterpark Resorts - Construction Report 2004; 32 Are Under Construction or Breaking Ground in 2004 / Aug 2004

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