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 NT$4,274 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
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! (981 reviews)
"Location,value"

Reviewed on 2022/6/28

Fairbridge Inn & Suites
Icicle Village Resort
Icicle Village Resort
3.5 out of 5
505 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA, 98826
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$4,488 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! (970 reviews)
"Our family of four had a great one night visit in preparation for an early start on our hike the next day. We were greeted promptly and given a map and information about the resort as well as the town. Our room was very good w three beds (2 queens and a pullout), fridge, nice big bathroom plus extra ..."

Reviewed on 2022/6/27

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 NT$4,897 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
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! (1,216 reviews)
"Got upgraded for free to a better room at the front desk for free without asking for it. She just offered it to me."

Reviewed on 2022/6/28

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.
Leavenworth RV Campground
Leavenworth RV Campground
1.5 out of 5
20752 Chiwawa Loop Rd, Leavenworth, WA, 98826
Stay at this family-friendly campground in Leavenworth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an arcade/game room. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms ...
3.8/5 Good! (36 reviews)
"The cabin was super cute and had everything we needed. Staff were super friendly. Sledding hill was so fun. The lodge was perfect for our group to hang out and play cards and eat dinner together."

Reviewed on 2022/1/31

Leavenworth RV Campground
Thyme Out
Thyme Out
3.5 out of 5
2422 Salal Drive, Leavenworth, WA, 98826
Stay at this 3.5-star cabin in Leavenworth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private yards. Popular attractions Plain Valley Nordic Trails and Mad River Trailhead ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Loved how cute and cozy it was! We enjoyed playing board games and using the hot tub!"

Reviewed on 2019/5/7

Thyme Out
Meadow Wood Lodge
Meadow Wood Lodge
3.5 out of 5
12310 Allen Road, Leavenworth, WA, 98826
Stay at this 3.5-star cabin in Leavenworth. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Plain Valley Nordic Trails and Kahler Glen ...
Meadow Wood Lodge
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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