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Leavenworth, WA
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Leavenworth featuring a small town or village and street scenes

Experience the traditions, culture and architecture of Bavaria relocated to the mountains of Central Washington.

You might imagine you have been transported to the German alps while in Leavenworth, a town in Central Washington famed for its eye-catching Bavarian aesthetic and culture. Don your lederhosen and order a pint of weissbeir (wheat beer) in a local tavern surrounded by the mountains of the Cascade Range. The beautiful scenery and adventure sports in the forests and rivers further add to the appeal of this charming town.

Pioneers on the hunt for gold first settled in this area toward the end of the 19th century. Leavenworth’s boom era arrived with the railways, which brought work and commerce to the town. After an economic downturn, however, Leavenworth remodeled itself as a Bavarian village in the 1960s to appeal to tourists. Marvel at the success of that transformation as you explore a town that looks distinctly German.

Learn about the history behind this unique blend of America and Germany in the Upper Valley Museum. The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum is a popular, niche attraction with a gigantic display of nutcrackers of every shape and size.

Mingle with locals over steins of beer in October during the annual, raucous Oktoberfest. This classic German tradition has been transplanted wholeheartedly to Leavenworth. Enjoy live music, European arts and crafts and family activities as well as copious amounts of beer. Other Bavarian traditions in the town include the raising of the maypole during Maifest and a music festival dedicated to accordions.

Relax by the river in Enchantment Park and Waterfront Park. Float down the river in rubber tubes or go on a whitewater rafting excursion down nearby rapids. Inquire at the tourist information center about going on bike, horse and boat rides into the surrounding wilderness.

Take an Amtrak train from Chicago or Seattle to Leavenworth, or drive along Highway 2 through the dramatic scenery of the Cascades. Once here, explore the town on foot.

Visit Leavenworth throughout the year to see the mountains of Washington in different colors. Ski down the white slopes in winter and enjoy the German-style après-ski scene. Come in summer to go mountain biking down the same mountainside routes.

Where to stay in Leavenworth

Fairbridge Inn & Suites
Fairbridge Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
185 US Hwy 2, Leavenworth, WA
The price is $130 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in Downtown Leavenworth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leavenworth Summer Theater, Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, and Front Street Park. Waterfront ...
4.1/5Very Good! (976 reviews)
"Good place sadly the pool was still closed"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

Fairbridge Inn & Suites
Icicle Village Resort
Icicle Village Resort
3.5 out of 5
505 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA
This family-friendly Leavenworth hotel is located in the mountains, steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cascade Range, and Leavenworth Summer Theater. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (955 reviews)
"Everything was nice."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Icicle Village Resort
Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth, WA
Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth, WA
2.5 out of 5
301 Ward Strasse, Leavenworth, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $134 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Located in Downtown Leavenworth, this hotel is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Wenatchee River and Berghof Keller Winery are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,214 reviews)
"Awesome"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth, WA
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Spring Suite ~ King Bed ~ Hydrotherapy Tub ~ Downtown Leavenworth
Spring Suite ~ King Bed ~ Hydrotherapy Tub ~ Downtown Leavenworth
Leavenworth, WA
The price is $270 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Located in Downtown Leavenworth, this romantic aparthotel is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cascade Range, and Cascade Medical. Waterfront Park ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Wife’s birthday weekend
"Location was perfect, off street parking was a plus... super convenient to town. Very clean and quiet"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

Spring Suite ~ King Bed ~ Hydrotherapy Tub ~ Downtown Leavenworth
River Rock Chalet
River Rock Chalet
4 out of 5
11070 Wending Lane, Leavenworth, WA
Situated in Leavenworth, this cabin is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Wenatchee River is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.
River Rock Chalet
Welcome To Alpine Greens! Located Only 1 Mile From Downtown Leavenworth!
Welcome To Alpine Greens! Located Only 1 Mile From Downtown Leavenworth!
Leavenworth, WA
Located in the heart of Leavenworth, this family-friendly vacation home is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Wenatchee River and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (15 reviews)
Great
"Excellent"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Welcome To Alpine Greens! Located Only 1 Mile From Downtown Leavenworth!
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