Guests love visiting Epcot on a Walt Disney World vacation since the park combines two unique halves to make a whole day experience. Future World celebrates the combination of technology and nature and how they impact the world and World Showcase features eleven different countries and celebrates their culture, architecture, cuisine, and history. One of the most popular countries in World Showcase is the Germany Pavilion where guests can spend time wandering shops selling authentic German products and food, dine buffet style at a real Oktoberfest, and sip on ice cold beer. With so much to enjoy in one place it is no surprise why guests love spending time in Germany. Here are seven things that every guest will love about Epcot’s Germany Pavilion in Walt Disney World.
This store in the Germany Pavilion entices guests in before they even realize what they are doing. The smell is so enticing because the store sells handmade caramel which makes sense since the name translated in English means Caramel Kitchen. While much of the candy offered is packaged by Werther’s Original, there are plenty of fresh made options that guests can choose from including caramel apples, chocolates, caramel popcorn, caramel toffee bark, and even salted caramel brownies! With so many freshly baked options to choose from, guests will find themselves spending quite a bit of time standing in front of the display in Karamell-Kuche.
6. Biergarten Restaurant
This full service dining location in the back of the Germany Pavilion is unique in that it seats guests at large picnic style tables with other guests! The setting of the restaurant is an outdoor courtyard in a small German village at night and guests can make new friends while sampling traditional German cuisine. The food is served up buffet style, allowing guests to go back for as many rounds of spätzle, schnitzel, pasta salad, and pretzel rolls as they want! Guests dining at the Biergarten Restaurant can also indulge in their beer selection which is served by the liter, half liter, or in a sampler flight.
For guests who don’t want a full service meal in Germany or who can’t get a reservation to the Biergarten Restaurant there is the delicious quick service location Sommerfest. Located in the back of the pavilion, the counter service locale offers up bratwurst, nudel gratin, frenkfurters, potato salad, apple strudel, and black forest cake. Guests can also order up an ice cold beer or wine to enjoy while sitting and taking in the atmosphere of the Germany Pavilion.
4. Die Weihnachts Ecke
This store is located directly next door to Karamell-Kuche and sells a variety of household items and decorations. Guests love looking around in Die Weihnachts Ecke especially because of their large Christmas tree decorated with beautiful glass ornaments. A great German Christmas tradition that guests can learn about in the store is the hiding of the pickle which they can then replicate at home by purchasing a pickle ornament for their own tree!
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3. Saint George
Located in the middle of the Germany Pavilion is a large monument featuring a figure fighting off a dragon at the very top. Many guests sit right underneath this figure and have no idea what it represents! The figure up top is a representation of Saint George who according to German legend saved a princess from a dragon. For protection, many German villages and towns feature a statue of Saint George’s likeness along with the dragon and the Germany Pavilion in Epcot is no exception!
Located just outside of the Germany Pavilion on the Italy Pavilion side is a beautiful display of toy trains that are bustling through a hillside village. The trains pass by buildings, pedestrians, tunnels, towns, and even stations and they are loved by many guests. This small detail is a great example of how World Showcase really pays attention to detail in each pavilion to help guests achieve a better understanding of each culture.
1. The Beer!
No trip to the Germany Pavilion is complete without indulging (responsibly) in a refreshing beer! Guests can try a variety of different beers, but two of the most popular are the Altenmunster Oktoberfest and the Schofferhofer Pink Grapefruite Hefeweizen and both can be found at the Sommerfest quick service location. Relaxing and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Germany Pavilion while enjoying a beer is a great way to spend some time in World Showcase.