Leavenworth: A Taste of Bavaria
Inspired by the stunning mountains and surrounding rivers, the unique town of Leavenworth, WA radiates charm and character. Back in the 1960s, Local business people took design cues from the local alpine environment and transformed this small town from rustic Deadwood into German Bavaria. The result was - and remains - quite endearing, complete with a bustling downtown, busy festival scene, plenty of local events and a strong tourism industry capitalizing on the natural environment.
Book your room at Der Ritterhof Inn today and enjoy all Leavenworth has to offer!
Easily accessible from the main highway through town, Der Ritterhof Inn is located off Highway 2 on the south-west edge of the Bavarian village of Leavenworth. You can get anywhere you need to on foot, so feel free to park your car (for free) at the hotel and lace up your walking shoes! All the sights, sounds, services and tastes of the Bavarian village center of Leavenworth are about five-minutes away by foot, and the aptly-named Enchantment Park is a nice five- to 10-minute stroll away.
Unwind and uncork with fantastic local wines in gorgeous settings in and around Leavenworth - find a complete guide to the region’s wineries and wine tasting rooms here, and raise a glass to rest and relaxation!
Outdoor Sports & Adventure
The Pacific Northwest offers the best of everything: Fantastic winter conditions for alpine and cross-country skiing and snowboarding, great summer activities, and awesome community events and festivals. Check out these local highlights:
Stevens Pass Ski Area & Bike Park
Great alpine skiing at the Ski Area in the winter and early spring, and awesome mountain biking in the Stevens Pass Bike Park during the summer and fall - it’s the perfect playground for a great weekend in the Pacific Northwest! Check out our Stay & Play package for discounted accommodation and lift tickets during ski season!
Cross Country Skiing & Tubing
Located in Leavenworth proper, the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club offers an alpine ski area with two rope tows, a ski jumping hill, a tubing hill and 26 kilometers of Nordic trails.
Explore the mountain terrain by horseback with guided tours during the summer or sit back let a few gorgeous sleigh-horses pull you through the snow in the winter - choose your horseback adventure with any of these qualified local outfitters.
Rafting & Kayaking
Leavenworth’s two rivers offer both extremes: Kayak peacefully down the calmer Icicle River, or take on some white-water on the faster Wenatchee River. These qualified local guides can chaperone thrill-seekers of all levels on appropriately classed rapids.
Leavenworth Golf Club
Test out your swing on this gorgeous course set against the backdrop of the Cascade Mountains and the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers. The Leavenworth Golf Club also features The Wild Huckleberry Restaurant & Boutique.
The area around Leavenworth features more than 700 miles of forest service hiking trails. To find the perfect trail for your hiking level, check out this handy trail map and remember to bring plenty of water!
Go Local in Leavenworth:Events, Festivals & Highlights
Leavenworth is home to some fantastic attractions and festivals all year-round and our friendly staff is always more than happy to point you to something fun and interesting!
Some cool places and things to do in Leavenworth include: Aplets and Cotlets Country Store (delicious treats and a “sweet” tour!), the Leavenworth Summer Theater (outdoor summer productions), the Nutcracker Museum (how many ways can you crack a nut?) and the Upper Valley Museum (historic River Haus and surrounding acreage).
Excellent community events include: Nutcracker Day in July; Chicks On Sticks (Nordic event) and Carnival Day in February; Maifest (Mother’s Day extravaganza) in May; the Bavarian Bike & Brew, Leavenworth Wine Walk and Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration in June; Kinderfest on Fourth of July; Christkindlmarkt in November, and the Christmas Lighting Festival in December.
Festival-goers have plenty of options, too: