Welcome to Leavenworth
Blink hard and rub your eyes. Yes, all your Sound of Music fantasies may have just come true. This is Leavenworth, a former lumber town that underwent a Bavarian makeover back in the 1960s after the rerouting of the cross-continental railway threatened to put it permanently out of business. Swapping timber for tourists, tiny Leavenworth has successfully reinvented itself as a traditional Romantische Strasse village, right down to the beer, sausages and lederhosen-loving locals (25% of whom are German). The crisp, clean mountain-scenery setting helps, as does the fact that Leavenworth serves as the main activity center for sorties into the nearby, and spectacular, Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Wenatchee National Forest.