Weiners, Bavarian Bratwurst and Snowshoeing in Leavenworth

The Bavarian town of Leavenworth, WA is a fun, dog-friendly, town. We like to spend some time relaxing in town after hiking or snowshoeing one of the several great trails in the area. The streets are always crowded with tourists and at least a quarter of them bring their dogs.

Since we usually get into town after working up a sweat, the first thing we are looking to do is fill our bellies. We recommend two belly-filling places with patio seating that allow dogs.

Uncle Uli’s Pub has an outside seating area just off of Front Street so you can people and dog watch. They make a really good cheese fondue and their burgers and brats are cooked on the patio barbecue while you wait.

Munchen Haus, the bratwurst stand at 8th and Front Streets has an outdoor beer garden with heat lamps and a fireplace in the seating area. There are about 20 different kinds of mustard to smother your brat with and really good apple cider kraut (this coming from someone who doesn’t like sour kraut).

If you are looking for treats, a jacket or lederhosen for your pup (yes, those funny little German suspender outfits) the boutique pet store in town will meet your needs. A Paw Above is located in the same building as Uncle Uli’s Pub. The owners go out of their way to get you what you need. Last time we were there, while we were looking around, the owners pulled aside all the dachshund items for us to look at.

There are a lot of great little knickknack and specialty food shops in the downtown area. Some of the stores will let you bring your dog inside on a leash or carry them. There are stores they can’t come in but we find that they have a higher than average dog-let-in-rate than a lot of other places.

Leavenworth, Washington is nestled in the mountains about a 3-hour drive east of Seattle. The trip can be done in a day but to really take advantage of the area we recommend camping overnight or staying in one the pet-friendly hotels in town.

Please note that summer temperatures here can reach well into the 80s and 90s and it can be deadly to leave your dogs in the car in that kind of heat even for 10 minutes. Please plan accordingly during your visit. If you need to board your pet the Leavenworth Pet Lodge is about 10 minutes out of town.

About the Author

Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.


  1. Last time we were there, we ended up going to the Fresh Burger Cafe. They also have a patio that is available for doggies like many of the other places. I wish the food at Munchen Haus was a bit better, all their sausages just taste boring to me. Their Jalapeño and Cheddar one just seemed to be off to me, and their Bratwurst seemed to be lacking a lot of flavor. I did enjoy the Beer Wurst though!

    1. The jalapeno and cheddar sausage is my favorite! Ha, ha. Everyone has different tastes though. I don’t think I’v ever been to the Fresh Burger Cafe but I love me a burger so we might have to check it out next time we visit.

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