Leavenworth

Washington’s Bavarian Village

Once a logging town, Leavenworth was transformed into a Bavarian Village in the 1960’s, as authentic and delightful as many in the Alps. The town has become one of the main tour attractions in the State with quality Festivals, Shows, Sightseeing, and Activities throughout the year.

Leavenworth is a located in the heart of Washington approximately 2.5 hours from Seattle. While touring the rest of the Scenic Cascade Mountain range, you will find Leavenworth to be a delightful multi-day stop on any tour. With an incredible variety of festivals and events, and with activities and sightseeing that will make you want to stay longer, you’ll see why Leavenworth has been visited by over a third of the residents of Washington. Boasting over two million visitors each year, there is an established business base of restaurants, accommodations, and entertainment for tours and individuals alike.

Hundreds of hand painted murals decorate ornately finished Bavarian theme buildings, and hundreds of flower boxes and baskets fill the town with color from early spring through the fall. Don’t be surprised to see authentically garbed shopkeepers or to hear “oompa” music in the park!

Outdoor theater productions are shown through the summer and indoor productions play in November and December.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of traditional Germany though the year and especially during festivals. From Sausages and Sauerkraut to Snitzel and Pork Hocks, you can find fantastic food and entertainment in the restaurants. If you need a special gift or great memento, you can shop for Christmas ornaments, hand made wooden toys, traditional music boxes and cuckoo clocks, and of course imported beer steins and Bavarian clothing. Be sure to spend time at a local fruit market to see fresh fruits, jellies, jams, and other preserves.

Leavenworth’s renowned festivals and events include:

  • Village of Lights – December & January
  • Ice Fest – January
  • Fasching – February/March
  • Bavarian Maifest – May
  • Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest – May
  • Art in the Park – May through mid-October
  • Riverfest – May
  • Bavarian Bike & Brews Festival – June
  • Leavenworth Wine Walk – June, A Wine Tasting Event – Stroll the Galleries and Taste the Wine!
  • Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration – June
  • Leavenworth Summer Theater – July through August
  • Kinderfest and Sausage Festival – July
  • Acoustic Music Festival – August
  • Bavarian Quilt Show – September
  • Wenatchee River Salmon Festival – September
  •  Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival – September
  • Oktoberfest – First 3 weekends in October
  • Christkindlmarkt – November
  • Christmas Lighting Festival – First 3 weekends of December

Please visit the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce web site www.leavenworth.org

A new wine region has appeared amongst the rivers, lakes, and mountains of North Central Washington. Bordered by the towering Cascade Mountains on the west and sagebrush covered hills on the east, vineyards and their attendant wineries are rapidly appearing throughout the area. The winemakers of this area have banded together in the belief that the influence of the Cascade Mountains and the broad rivers and lakes makes the region unique amongst Washington State’s wine growing areas. In recognition of this they are calling the area the Columbia Cascade region.

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Driving Directions to Leavenworth

From Seattle via Interstate 90

Travel east on Interstate 90 past Cle Elum. Take the Wenatchee exit (milepost 85). Go east on State Rt. 970 for 11.9 miles to US 97. Follow Highway 97 north over Blewett Pass for 35 miles to the junction of Highway 2. Turn left and travel west on Highway 2 for 4 miles to Leavenworth.

From Seattle via Highway 2

Travel north on Interstate 405 from Seattle/Bellevue to Bothell where it meets Highway 522 east to Monroe. Head east on Highway 2 for 85 miles over Stevens Pass to the west boundary of Leavenworth.

From Spokane via Interstate 90

Travel west on Interstate 90 to the junction of Highway 281 near George. Travel north on Highway 281 to Quincy. Turn left on Highway 28 and travel west to Wenatchee to Highway 2. Stay on Highway 2 headed west to Leavenworth.

From Portland, Oregon

Take I-5 north to Seattle. Go east on I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass. Past Cle-Elum follow signs to US-97 and Wenatchee over Blewett Pass. Turn left on Hwy 2 and travel 5 miles to Leavenworth.

Mileage Chart

  • Wenatchee: 25
  • Seattle: 120
  • Tri Cities: 160
  • Spokane: 190
  • Vancouver BC: 215
  • Portland, OR: 275

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