One of the things that I look most forward to when moving to a new city for travel nursing is exploring the quirky surrounding towns close by. Seattle has been no exception. Since moving to Seattle, the first thing on my bucket list was to explore the little Bavarian town of Leavenworth. Full of charm, friendly locals, big ole pretzels, and lots of German beer, it was everything I had wanted it to be and more.
Located two hours East of Seattle, tucked away in the Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth is home to beautiful scenery and authentic looking “German” architecture. Having been to Munich, Leavenworth puts up a wee bit of a fight, even hosting its very own Oktoberfest. You can go to drink beer, eat pretzels, walk around in lederhosen without getting too much of a stare (I didn’t actually do this, but if you do PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD send me a picture), or get lost in the many wine-tasting rooms. OR, you can have a different trip all together! Tube the river, zip line, hike, get lost in nature. The choice is yours my friend! And that is what makes this town so quaint and special. It has something to offer for everyone.
With that being said, I was able to mix in a bit of both in my 24 hours spent in Leavenworth. Some activity – hi ziplining, with even more German-esque activities (if ya know what I mean).
Stay: Bavarian Lodge
Located across the street from the main drag in Leavenworth. And they don’t skimp on the “German feel”. Once you’re back in your room for the night, you still feel as though you are going to bed and waking up in Germany.
Eat: Andreas Keller
As authentic German food as you can get…. in America. Schnitzel, pretzels, and sausage galore! Plus, live music on select nights.
To Do: Zipline
This was the first time I have been ziplining! And man was it much better than I had imagined! I did the five-line tour at Mountain Springs Lodge and would 10/10 do it again.
Loads of beer, both German and American, on tap! Complete with long tables you find at the beer houses in Germany. Cozy on up, make a friend, and PROST!
If you find yourself in Seattle, take some time to make this quaint town a priority. You won’t be disappointed. Prost Leavenworth!