Leavenworth: Washington State’s Little Germany
A Bavarian village near nature in the Pacific Northwest.
The Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth dishes out plenty of kitschy charm. With the Washington Cascades as a backdrop, it’s an unexpected sight—there are alpine chalets, people clad in lederhosen, and polka performances. It also happens to make an excellent base for hiking, skiing, and boating.
1 Nutcracker Museum
Visit the Nutcracker Museum, which displays more than 5,000 of the iconic toy.
2 Icicle Junction
Icicle Junction has a fantastic mini-golf course. Or head to Lake Wenatchee (about a half-hour drive north), for boating and horseback riding.
3 Andreas Keller German Restaurant
Join the perpetual Oktoberfest with traditional schnitzel, bratwurst, and goulash.
4 Gingerbread Factory
Stop in for scrumptious homemade cookies (and pick up a kit for making gingerbread houses at home).
5 Bavarian Lodge
The lodge has spacious rooms, books, games, and a DVD library.