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, 98826-9009
The price is $123 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Stay at this hotel in Leavenworth. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (984 reviews)
"Really clean"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Fairbridge Inn & Suites
Icicle Village Resort
Icicle Village Resort
3.5 out of 5
505 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA, 98826
The price is $151 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Leavenworth. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (965 reviews)
"Clean and accommodating"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Icicle Village Resort
Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth
Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth
2.5 out of 5
301 Ward Strasse, Leavenworth, WA, 98826
The price is $152 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 5
Stay at this hotel in Leavenworth. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,192 reviews)
"The hotel room is very clean and convenient. The only thing I disliked is the bathroom itself because the farm door is not closed completely at all as it should be. Breakfast was good but they didn’t have any peanut butter for toasts when I asked for it. Overall, I was very pleased with our ..."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Bright condo with WiFi, balcony, pools & hot tubs - walk downtown
Bright condo with WiFi, balcony, pools & hot tubs - walk downtown
Leavenworth, WA
The price is $110 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Leavenworth. Enjoy a spa tub, onsite parking, and an arcade/game room. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (28 reviews)
Good spot
"Nice spot and super kind property managers. Next time I would try and stay closer to the hot tub this time of year. It can be chilly. And although there are quiet times our neighbors came home two nights in a row after midnight yelling they couldn’t get into their room. All in all a good place ..."

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Bright condo with WiFi, balcony, pools & hot tubs - walk downtown
Solstice Suite~King Bed~Full Kitchen~Downtown~Walk Everywhere!
Solstice Suite~King Bed~Full Kitchen~Downtown~Walk Everywhere!
Leavenworth, WA
The price is $300 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this apartment in Leavenworth. Enjoy WiFi, a sauna, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the convenient parking in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
"We loved how beautiful and quiet the space was, despite the crowds just outside! Check-in was seamless and despite our location being in the middle of it all, we found our private parking quite easily as well. Our suite featured both a private steam shower and jetted tub; with an infrared sauna just ..."

Reviewed on May 30, 2022

Solstice Suite~King Bed~Full Kitchen~Downtown~Walk Everywhere!
Icicle Village Resort Luxury Condo, Jacuzzi Bath. 1/2 mile from down town.
Icicle Village Resort Luxury Condo, Jacuzzi Bath. 1/2 mile from down town.
Leavenworth, WA
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Leavenworth. Enjoy WiFi, a spa tub, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds in ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (199 reviews)
Great little studio!
"Great little studio, would definitely book again!"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

Icicle Village Resort Luxury Condo, Jacuzzi Bath. 1/2 mile from down town.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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