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LeavenworthUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Leavenworth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Icicle Village Resort
Icicle Village Resort
3.5 out of 5
505 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA
The price is $167 per night

This family-friendly Leavenworth hotel is located in the mountains, steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cascade Range, and Leavenworth Summer Theater. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (856 reviews)

"Very clean. Quiet and safe location and in walking distance to downtown. Due to COVID, many resort activities were closed for my kids. So not quite the resort experience but still good service and nice breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Icicle Village Resort
Fairbridge Inn & Suites
Fairbridge Inn & Suites
2 out of 5
185 US Hwy 2, Leavenworth, WA
The price is $117 per night

Located in the heart of Leavenworth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leavenworth Summer Theater, Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, and Front Street Park. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (981 reviews)

"This is a great place to stay while visiting Leavenworth. The room was small but perfect for my family of 4. Everything was very clean and the staff was super friendly. I called ahead and was able to check in early. Since the hotel is right off the road, there is some road noise in the rooms but ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2020

Fairbridge Inn & Suites
Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth, WA
Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth, WA
2.5 out of 5
301 Ward Strasse, Leavenworth, WA
The price is $126 per night

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is steps from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Cascade Range. Waterfront Park and Upper Valley Museum are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (952 reviews)

"Good location, friendly helpful staff and modern, clean rooms"…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Leavenworth, WA

Popular places to visit in Leavenworth

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

4.5/5(186 reviews)

Leave the world behind and explore this immense forest reserve, which is carved by pristine rivers and speckled with alpine lakes and rugged peaks.

Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum
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Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum

4.5/5(200 reviews)

Bring the kids to this fun-filled cottage where they can crush nutshells with wacky crackers and see how past generations opened nuts.

Lake Wenatchee State Park
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Lake Wenatchee State Park

4.5/5(84 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Wenatchee State Park, a lovely green space in Leavenworth. Wander the riverfront or discover the mountain views in this relaxing area.

Lake Wenatchee
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Lake Wenatchee

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Lake Wenatchee during your travels in Leavenworth. Wander the riverfront or discover the mountain views in this relaxing area.

Leavenworth Ski Hill
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Leavenworth Ski Hill

4.5/5(90 reviews)

Hit the slopes at Leavenworth Ski Hill during your trip to Leavenworth. Stroll along the riverfront in this family-friendly area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Waterfront Park
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Waterfront Park

4.5/5(345 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Waterfront Park, a lovely green space in Downtown Leavenworth. Stroll along the area's riverfront, or simply savor its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Leavenworth

Leavenworth Alpine Village Tour
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Leavenworth Alpine Village Tour

$281
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Washington
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Washington

$10
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Leavenworth & Wenatchee Valley Wine Tasting Tour
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Leavenworth & Wenatchee Valley Wine Tasting Tour

$160
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Washington
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Washington

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Washington
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Washington

$10
Per adult
Scenic Rafting on the Spokane River
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Scenic Rafting on the Spokane River

$79
Per adult

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