Many festivals a year!
Not cheap to eat or stay
If you can, take a sweetheart and head over for a night
I noticed that there are so many t-shirt prints in Leavenworth. It's so funny that most of the stores have t-shirts hanging on their doors and these have sayings or jokes in them. Sometimes the sayings are nice and sometimes these are offensive. Make sure to have an open mind when you go there. It's all about the marketing.more
On Saturday night we provided with great free entertainment in downtown Leavenworth by the Maypole. Johnny V played his accordian and local dancers took to the sidewalks and gazebo and showed off their great dancing abilities. Anyone is welcome to dance though and a few gutsy folk did. He plays Saturday and Sunday during the day and night...more
There aren't many food offerings at the München Haus but what they do provide, they do well. I opted for a beef & pork bratwurst, some potato salad, a pretzel, and a dark beer.You order your food up front in a cafeteria style fashion and your beer further back in a similar manner. There are two levels of seating with the main level consisting of...more
The soft burritos were served with spicy salsa and topped with mashed avocados! The presentation is elegant like fine dining and yet the price is cheap! The restaurant has a beautiful Mexican ambience. The walls are decorated with authentic Mexican arts. The cashier's table has a collection of money all over the world! And, we were told that most...more
When I am in Leavenworth I go toone place for sure, King Ludwig's. This restaurant specializes in Schweinhaxen and is so aptly named for only a mad king (and me) would eat a royal feast of this size. Half the size of a basketball, slow roasted and crispy on the outside this treasure is a true favorite for anyone who likes German food. They have...more
On Saturday night we provided with great free entertainment outside in downtown Leavenworth by the Maypole. Johnny V played his accordian and local dancers took to the sidewalks and gazebo and showed off their great dancing abilities. Anyone is welcome to dance though and a few gutsy folk did. He plays Saturday and Sunday during the day and night throughout the summer. See the website for exact times as they are subject to change.
The vast majority of people who come to Leavenworth do so by automobile. That works for many, but it also creates a congested tangle in the town, and makes it difficult to find a place to park. This is, after all, a small Washington town not a huge shopping center or downtown urban area. Furthermore, during many of the big festivals, it is pretty...more
For $49.00 you can easily catch a motorcoach up to Leavenworth from Seattle Pier 69. This is a terrific option especially if you are an inexperience driver in winter weather. The ride up to Leavenworth is 3 hours one way - so 6 hours total travel time. But the time goes by quickly with breakfast of bagel w/ cream cheese; yogurt; breakfast bar;...more
If you are planning to go to Leavenworth, it is better to drive your own car. If you don't have any, then rent a car. Transportation getting to Leavenworth is difficult. They have bus tours and train tours but these only take place during festivals like during the Christmas season. Driving a car is nice because you can stop anytime you want - stop...more
On Hwy 2 where it dissects Leavenworth is the Bavarian bakery. When we first went there our temptation was to turn up our noses and walk out until I noticed a prominently displayed certificate that the owner had completed his Meisterschaft in Augsburg. (I think he's from there) At that point we decided to try some of the goodies and were pleased...more
The citizen of Leavenworth will dress-up their traditional Bavarian costumes during the special celebrations. (Photo by Bob Smith)
On our way back home to Seattle, we stopped at the dam on the left side of the highway. There is a lookout there secured with a fence for safety of visitors. During the summer time, the river is so feisty with it's roaring waves going down hill. The melted snow from the mountains adds to the height of the water and carries logs down the hill...more
It takes at least three hours to drive to Leavenworth from Seattle. During festival season, there is more traffic going through the Steven's Pass and to the Cascade Mountains. The roads are only two way lanes and the driving time gets longer when there too many motorists going to Leavenworth! Make sure to leave early so you enjoy the views at...more
357 Reviews and Opinions
If there is a festival going on in Leavenworth, make sure to park past the Information Center building. Do not go to the Front Street or to the main street of Leavenworth. You might end up going around in circles and not finding parking at all Once you get past the Leavenworth Welcome sign slow down. The parking will be to your right. Park in...more
Many of the shops sell things that are strictly souvenirs. You will have no use for these things in your life but they are interesting to look at. Some others sell merchandise that you could find much cheaper in other places. So in general just be weary of what your getting. Think about where each item will be used and think if it's really worth...more
Not unless you spend the night in Leavenworth, you don't need to pack your bags! Light clothes in the summer and dress up warmly during the winter time. Walking shoes. Just the stuff that you need. There are pharmacies around and stores closeby Your digital camera and your video Swim wear and life jackets for your children if you intend to go...more
Going to Leavenworth is very exhilirating. The drive over there is beautiful. You see miles and miles of mountains and rivers that are roaring during the summer time as those snow up in the mountains are melted giving rise to the healty river. There are waterfalls along the way and beautiful wild flowers amidst those Evergreen and pine trees.During...more
Peshastin is a small town just one mile outside of Leavenworth. This great town is home to Prey's Fruit Barn which is fabulous (see my restaurant tips for details). If you take the only road that goes to the top of this town you will have a great view of the mountains, orchards and vineyards below. Take a look at both my photos one shows this view...more
Icicle Creek is a very picturesque and pleasant area to ski in, just 3 miles south of town. The 8 km. of trails here are rated easy, groomed daily, and are a series of loops meandering around the creek. Right next to them are the golf course trails, rated medium. There are medium and difficult cross-country trails around the downhill ski area, too - Leavenworth has a total of 26 km. of groomed cross-country ski trails within 3 miles of town.
There's also a very small downhill ski area and a ski jump just outside of town in the other direction, but I haven't checked these out yet. Gotta see that ski jumping someday!
Equipment: There are several places to rent skiis in town:
Der Sportsmann (509) 548-5623
Leavenworth Mountain Sports (509) 548-7864
Leavenworth Outfitters Outdoor Center (509) 548-0368
Leavenworth is not just one big Bavarian theme park of a town. I found many unique stores as well. There was a fantastic toy store in particular that I loved as it sold the cutest puppets I had ever seen. I purchased a honey bee puppet and it stayed next to my bed in my bedroom for many years!more
In the summer people come to Leavenworth to experience the Bavarian ambiance of the town.I really did like how every building and store had authentic Bavarian architecture. Surprisingly, it didn't come across as too "Disneyland" - it really suited the town. Even the local Safeway (grocery store) is done up in Bavarian architecture!With the Bavarian...more
There are two sets of washrooms in downtown Leavenworth. One set is right in the centre of town where the maypole is and the other set are next door to Cafe Verona's at 820 Commercial; essentially go down 8th Street from Front Street to Commercial Street. Remember Damen means women and Herren means Men! The washrooms are a little strange....more