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A Family-Friendly Year-Round Destination

Leavenworth Washington is a Bavarian Getaway like no other

Not only a Winter Wonderland but a beautiful place to visit year-round.  No matter what time of year you visit Leavenworth, you will really enjoy your stay.  There are lots to see and do.  This is a year-round travel destination for the whole familyIt is really a Picture Perfect Postcard Town:

This Bavarian-themed mountain town in Washington offers adventure and loads of photo opportunities.   Enjoy the local brews and bratwurst in one of the many restaurants.  Shop for that special souvenir.  Or stroll along the streets with the beautiful buildings decorated with hanging flower baskets of petunias. For the more adventurous traveler the Alpine Wilderness with beautiful lakes and rivers, and the National Forest awaits.  In my opinion, there is never a dull moment.

A visit during Christmas time

Many travelers refer to Leavenworth as the Nr 1 Christmas Town in America:

The setting of this town will have you thinking you are actually in the Bavarian Alps.  Everywhere you look.  The food, the buildings, the shops…  It is just spectacular and more than definitely worth a visit.

Leavenworth Holiday

Travel Tip: 

Do visit the Kris Kringl Christmas store on Front street for fabulous decorations and/or souvenirs.  Did you know:  Kris Kringl is the US name for Father Christmas. 

Where to eat:

In the same street, you can stop for dinner at Andreas Keller Restaurant for really good food.  Our recommendation would be to go to a place selling authentic German food.

Leavenworth Holiday trips

If ever you get to visit during October – they have one of the largest Octoberfests in America.  But as from 2022 the Leavenworth Octoberfest is no longer in Leavenworth, but only 30 minutes away in Wenatchee.

Things to do and Places to see

Nutcracker Leavenworth

Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum

A museum dedicated to nutcrackers. This museum, founded by Arlene Wagner and her husband George in 1995 is home to more than 7,000 nutcrackers (as counted in 2020).

I bet you have never seen so many nutcrackers in your life. Learn more about the history of the nutcracker with a visit to this fascinating museum.  The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum is definitely worth a visit and the kids will love it as well.

Address: 735 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, United States

Nutcracker Museum
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

I think this is an awesome activity, especially during Christmas time when you can spend time with the reindeer and Father Christmas. You can attend an educational tour and meet the reindeer all year round, but reservations are a must.

This family-run reindeer farm is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, and located just 1 mile from the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth. 

Address: 10395 Chumstick Hwy, Leavenworth, WA 98826, United States

Leavenworth Reindeer Visit

Winter Outdoor Activities

Leavenworth Sleighrides

Leavenworth Sleigh Rides

Get into the spirit of Jingle Bells with a 'One Horse Open Sleigh ride'. Actually there are more options and you will definitely enjoy the sleigh rides. Address: Leavenworth Sleigh Rides - 19115 Chiwawa Loop Rd. Leavenworth, WA 98826

  • Going on a sleigh ride is definitely worth the trip.  It is fun and really something to remember.
  • The Leavenworth Ski Hill is a small ski area located inside the Wenatchee National Forest.
  • Snowboarding
  • Leavenworth Snowmobile Tours are lots of fun
  • During Christmas time – attend the Christmas Lighting Festival.

Summer Outdoor Activities

  • Bouldering,
  • White Water River Rafting,
  • Hiking,
  • Mountain Biking,
  • Paddle Boarding,
  • Ziplining,
  • Kayaking,
  • Exploring Lake Wenatchee,

..and many more. 

I think my favorite activity in summer is river floating. Link to Leavenworth Outdoor Centre Activities  

Plan your trip to this fantastic destination

International airport

Sea-Tac International Airport is located 130 miles from Leavenworth. As the largest international airport in the Pacific Northwest, Sea-Tac is easily accessed from anywhere in the world.

Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is 2 hr 31 min away from Leavenworth –  (125,3 mi) via US-2 W.  

Getting there

We highly recommend renting a car and driving to Leavenworth.  A drive through the Cascades has been voted as one of the most scenic drives in the States.


  • LAT: 47°25’45.00 N
  • LONG: 120°39’41.00 W
  • ALT: 1160′

Where to stay

There are lots of options from Luxury Hotels, Rustic Lodges,  Bed & Breakfast, Self catering  Cabins, and even RV‘s and Camping sites. 

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