Leavenworth, Washington’s Bavarian Village, offers travelers the charming essence of Bavarian Germany. Our remarkable transformation began over half a century ago from a struggling railroad and logging town to an unforgettable year-round destination. Nestled in the magnificent Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth resembles Germany’s Bavarian Forest and Bavarian Alps. Each season is unique.
In spring, the hillsides open with swathes of delicate wildflowers and the village comes alive with the colors, sights, tastes and smells of the old world and the German traditions of Maifest. Other spring festivals include Taste of Leavenworth featuring the culinary inspiration of pears, Spring Bird Fest and Ale Fest. Enjoy adventures like white water rafting or horse carriage rides.
If you plan your Bavarian escape for summer you will be treated to musical theater, beach sand under bare toes, hiking boots on the trail and the tang of spicy mustard over German pretzels. Visitors catch river floats, Art in the Park and Leavenworth Summer Theater performed under the stars. The hills are alive with the Sound Of Music. Literally.
When fall moves into the valley the air turns crisp and the Farmer’s Market and fruit stands fills with harvest. Autumn is a time to embrace fun festivals like Autumn Leaf to Oktoberfest. It’s also an ideal time to get up into the high country. Mother Nature paints with a Technicolor palate of deep reds, vibrant oranges, and sunny yellows throughout.
Leavenworth is America’s favorite Christmas town. The combination of snowy peaks encircling a twinkly snow globe of a community is a movie set for capturing memories. Over half a million colored bulbs light up this snowy little hamlet. The winter season also offers cross-country skiing, horse drawn sleigh rides, tubing and skiing. Visitors are drawn to winter adventures, cozy hearths, quaint cafes, shops, wineries and a magical snowy experience.
Each season in Leavenworth has its own charm, a heartfelt welcome awaits you!