A Bavarian village near nature in the Pacific Northwest.
Leavenworth: Washington State’s Little Germany
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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.

Nutcracker Museum

Visit the Nutcracker Museum, which displays more than 5,000 of the iconic toy.

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.

Andreas Keller German Restaurant

Join the perpetual Oktoberfest with traditional schnitzel, bratwurst, and goulash.

Gingerbread Factory

Stop in for scrumptious homemade cookies (and pick up a kit for making gingerbread houses at home).

Bavarian Lodge

The lodge has spacious rooms, books, games, and a DVD library.