In the 1960s, the isolated mountain town of Leavenworth, Washington began to transform itself into a Bavarian-style village. As a result, the once struggling town is now a popular tourist destination and day trip or weekend getaway for people from Seattle.
The entire downtown got in on the act. Many stores now have Bavarian style features, including murals such as those found in Germany's Oberammergau in southern Bavaria. The city's alpine setting further adds to its authentic look. It is close to two popular ski areas, Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge, which along with numerous festivals keep visitors coming year-round.
Willkommen in Leavenworth Welcome Wagon (Z05A0014)
Leavenworth Bavarian Village Store (Z05A0015)
Another Leavenworth Bavarian Village Store (Z05A0016)
Leavenworth Bavarian Village Maypole (Z05A0017)
More About Leavenworth
Leavenworth hosts as many as 20 festivals a year. Highlights include the International Accordion Festival (June), Oktoberfest (October), Christkindlmarkt (November) and the Christmas Lighting Festival (November, December).
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Giant Knight In Shining Armor, Leavenworth, Washington
- Skookum Indian Sign, Wenatchee, Washington
- Dusty's In-N-Out Restaurant, Wenatchee, Washington