12 Things You’ll Love About the Germany Pavilion in Epcot
One of the pavilions in World Showcase at Epcot that’s mostly known for its food and drink selection is the Germany pavilion. Located in between China and Italy, this is a great place to stop for a bit to eat for a full on meal. However, the pavilion has other great futures you’re sure to love.
12. The Atmosphere
The courtyard of the Germany pavilion shows influences from different parts of the country and different time periods. In the background, right behind the buildings, you can even see castle walls. It’s very colorful and the folk and polka music played in the area creates a happy and fun atmosphere. You should also take the time to look at the statue in the middle depicting St. George and the Dragon, inspired by a medieval Bavarian town.
This Quick Service location is a great place to get lunch and sample German brats without having to make a reservation. Also served here is currywurst, nudel gratin, traditional hot dogs, and desserts like apple strudel. You can also find a small selection of beer and wine here. Tables are located in the courtyard so you can people watch and enjoy the atmosphere.
10. The Clock Tower
While you’re in the courtyard, be sure to keep an eye on the clock. On the hour, the clock will chime and two figurines will come out and ring the bell before going back inside. This feature is something many guests pass over, but it’s fun to watch and doesn’t take up much time.
9. The Miniature Train Set and Village
To the right of the Germany pavilion, there’s an impressive area where you can find an intricately detailed village with working trains that run along the tracks throughout the day. If you visit frequently, pay close attention as additional decorations are added during holidays and Epcot’s festivals.
8. Meet Snow White
To the left of the pavilion, you’ll find an ordinary wishing well. Or is it? Turns out it’s a wishing well and one Snow White visits often. While she’s there, she takes pictures with guests and signs autographs. Times she appears can be found posted near this location or on the Disney My Experience App.
Germany’s gift shops are all connected to one another, so it’s easy to seamlessly go from one shop to the next. You can find everything from snacks, to steins, t-shirts. There’s also a section devoted to the holidays including the famous pickle tree. Towards the back you’ll find an area with sparkling tiaras, jewelry, and glass sculptures. As Germany is also home to the Brothers Grimm, you can find a selection of fairy tale books here as well.
The Karamelle-Kuch, or caramel kitchen, is a must-do for any chocolate lover. Here you can find just about anything covered in chocolate and caramel from marshmallows to apples to cookies to fruit. There are also amazing cookies, cupcakes, and other rich deserts here. The aroma will draw you in and it’ll be hard to leave empty-handed.
5. Biergarten Restaurant
If you’re looking for a great, hearty buffet, the Biergarten is the place for you. This unique restaurant seats you at a long table along with other guests, allowing you to meet new people and share your vacation experiences. The area is set to look like the outdoors with all tables set around a stage. Guests can then help themselves to a buffet full of cold and hot meats, house-made pickles, roasted chicken, cheese platters, and cabbage. You can also order a flight of beer if you’re interested in trying a variety of new flavors.
4. Entertainment at Biergarten
Of course, it wouldn’t truly be a German dining experience without a little polka. While enjoying lunch or dinner, guests can listen to the band Oktoberfest Musikanten perform for about 25 minutes once every hour. The show can include a sing-a-long and an invitation for guests to come up on the dance floor. The only way to see this band is to book a reservation for Biergarten.
One of the gift shows in the Germany pavilion sells a select variety of wine and hard cider by the bottle. If you’re not sure what to get, you can order a sampling of three types for a small fee. Depending on who your server is, you can usually get a generous sampling portion. If you like what you tasted, feel free to buy the bottle right there to take home.
If you’re 21 or older, you can’t really visit Germany without having a stein of beer. Luckily, you can find some just about anywhere in the pavilion. The Table Service restaurant, Quick Service, Counter, and a separate beer cart all sell a variety of beer to suit everyone’s tastes. You can also get a large pretzel to go with your drink at the outdoor cart.
1. Oktoberfest Year Round
In the Germany pavilion, it’s Okoberfest all year long. There’s always a celebration and if you step inside the Biergarten restaurant, it’s always fall right down to the yellow, orange, and red leaves on the trees. The party atmosphere is what makes this pavilion a great spot to socialize and get ready for Illuminations as the sun goes down.
Germany has something to offer for both kids and adults to entertain and educate them about the country’s culture. Be sure to stop by next time you’re in World Showcase.
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