What Is It?
Walk through a winter wonderland in Central Washington by visiting Leavenworth, a town replicating villages in the German Alps.
You Can See Clearly Now
In the 1960s, Leavenworth— a former logging town—decided to focus on tourism. The downtown area was rebuilt to look like Ober-ammergau, Germany, hosting Bavarian-style festivals, including Maifest, Oktoberfest and Christmas celebrations.
What To Do
Leavenworth is home to many restaurants and breweries serving pretzels, sausage, sauerkraut as well as non-German foods. Visit the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum which has more than 7,000 nutcrackers from around the world, with some dating back to Roman times.
Leavenworth goes all-in on holiday celebrations. In the winter, the city glows as trees and buildings are fully decorated with strings of lights. In November, Leavenworth opens Christkindl-markt, an outdoor market with food and entertainment.
Take a Train
Leavenworth averages more than 95 inches of snowfall annually. The town is largely walkable, so rather than fret over the drive, take the train into Leavenworth and enjoy the scenery. Amtrak trains arrive daily at Leavenworth’s Icicle Station, heading westward toward Seattle or east toward Chicago.
For updated event information and local health ordinances, visit leavenworth.org or call 509-548-5807.