Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bavarian Village in the Mountains

We spent last weekend in one of my favorite towns Leavenworth - a Bavarian Village in the mountains. This little and cozy town is always busy and very inspiring. I took a lot of pictures featuring the architecture and decided to share with you in a case if you need any ideas for your future projects.

Leavenworth (WA) was officially incorporated on September 5, 1906. A small timber community, it became the headquarters of the Great North Railroad in the early 1900s. The railroad relocated to Wenatchee in the 1920s, greatly affecting Leavenworth's economy.
The city struggled until 1962, when the Project LIFE (Leavenworth Improvement For Everyone) Committee was formed to transform the city into a mock Bavarian village to revitalize its economy. Owen and Pauline Watson, owners of a business on Front Street, formed the committee after visiting Solvang, California in 1958 and thought it was an excellent idea for Leavenworth.
Leavenworth is home to the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which opened in 1995 and contains more than 5,000 nutcrackers dating from prehistoric to modern. Leavenworth's annual Oktoberfest celebration is claimed to be one of the most attended in the world outside Munich, Germany.


The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum





























8 comments:

Elga said...

Oh, this really is a beautiful town, I can see why you like it so much!!!!

cockerina said...

here, this is precisely the style that I want to take my doll's house in the mountains! you've got it!
thanks for these wonderful images :))
the bench with blue flowers is wonderful !!!!!!!!! I would try to do it in miniature. thanks a lot!
you give permission to me, if I take pictures for my personal archive to PC?
kisses, Caterina

Miniatures by Natalia said...

Thank you, Elga. Unfortunately the weather was not too good to take the pictures, but hopefully you got my spirit. Natalia

Miniatures by Natalia said...

Caterina, of course you can use the images for your hut. I haven't forgot about the stocking, just doing everything very, very slow, :((( Natalia

BiWuBär said...

This was very interesting, I've never heard of that village - nice substitute if the originals like Oberammergau or Garmisch-Partenkirchen are too far away... *grin* They really put an eye to detail, it must have been a lovely trip.

Greetings
Birgit - who lives far, far away from Bavaria, north of Hamburg, to be excact... ;O)

BiWuBär said...

This was very interesting, I've never heard of that village - nice substitute if the originals like Oberammergau or Garmisch-Partenkirchen are too far away... *grin* They really put an eye to detail, it must have been a lovely trip.

Greetings
Birgit - who lives far, far away from Bavaria, north of Hamburg, to be excact... ;O)

cockerina said...

Natalia, my dear, do not worry about the sock ... until the next Christmas, there's still time! Hahahahahah!
thanks for the beautiful pictures of this beautiful village!
Caterina

Sans! said...

Thanks for sharing these pictures, Natalia! I love them!

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