My family loves Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World. Out of all of the countries represented, the Germany pavilion is easily our favorite. The mouth-watering aromas of German fare, the lively traditional music, and the picturesque courtyard all combine together to immerse you in the delights of Germany. Don’t miss these details:
7. The miniature train
The miniature train and village display is an irresistible draw for both children and adults alike. Crossing the footbridge allows you to view the trains and village scenes from the center. Several trains are usually running through detailed town scenes, farms, and the German countryside. The details are always changing with the seasons and special events. Check out how the town changes during Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival and the Christmas season.
6. The Clock Tower/The Plaza Fountain
Adding to the storybook ambiance in the plaza is the Clock Tower and Glockenspiel. A melody plays and figures of a German boy and girl glide out to strike the hour. If anyone happens to be playing the “Agent P World Showcase Adventure” game in the Germany pavilion, watch the clock tower closely to see the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz pop out instead.
Another favorite aspect of the Germany pavilion is the picturesque fountain located in the center of the plaza. You can’t miss Saint George, the dragon slayer, on top of the column.
5. Biergarten and Sommerfest
The Biergarten restaurant is a buffet featuring traditional Oktoberfest dishes including roasted chicken, sausages, pork, spaetzle, sauerkraut, and more. The dessert station is equally as delectable and features strudel, Black Forest cake, cobbler, and Bavarian cheesecake. The main draw of Biergarten, besides the food, is the wonderful entertainment provided by an enthusiastic German band. Playing the accordion, hand bells, and alpine horns, the band encourages the audience to sway with the music, toast your neighbors with huge mugs of beer, and get out on the dance floor in front of the stage. The Biergarten is unique in that the tables are communal and many times you are seated with other families and couples. We always enjoy chatting with tablemates and enjoying the meal together.
If you can’t get a reservation for the Biergarten restaurant or don’t want such a large meal, try the quick-service eatery next door, Sommerfest. Guests can eat at café tables outdoors, and several of the menu offerings from the Biergarten are also available here, as well as beer and wine selections.
It’s hard to resist the delicious scents wafting out of this sweets shop. Indulge in scrumptious goodies including fudge, brownies, cookies, and fruit all dipped in creamy caramel. This shop is sponsored by Werthers Caramels, and those candies are sold here as well.
Quaint shops are nestled in the fairytale buildings offering authentic steins, crystal drinkware and collectibles, jewelry, cuckoo clocks, soccer gear, and many other German gifts. Visit Der Teddybar for toy swords, shields, and crowns, Steiff bears, stuffed animals, and Playmobil sets. Der Teddybar is also the location for the Kidcot stop, a cozy nook where children can interact with the German cast members, get their passport stamped, and color a cardboard Duffy the Bear or Perry the Platypus.
I love going into Die Weihnachts Ecke for German Christmas ornaments, including nutcrackers, delicate glass decorations, and the traditional pickle ornaments.
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2. Wine Tasting
The Weinkeller is where you want to be if you’re in the mood for German wine. Try a taste, buy a wine flight which includes a choice of three wines, or purchase a bottle to take home. You are encouraged to buy a glass and have a seat at the available tables, but note that this area is extremely popular during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and finding seats won’t be as easy. No worries though, the wine is served in plastic glasses and you can just take it with you as you continue around the Germany pavilion and the World Showcase. If you choose to purchase an entire bottle to take home, you can have it shipped back to your resort or the front gate of Epcot, where you can pick it up on your way out.
1. Cast Members
Wearing traditional costumes, Cast Members staffing the pavilion are from Germany visiting on the International Walt Disney World College Program. They are always friendly, polite and eager to teach guests a few words in German. I’ve had several great conversations with them about German traditions and the regions they are from. My favorite interaction in the Epcot’s Germany pavilion is without a doubt, Snow White. Head to the right of the Karamell Kuche and meet her by the wishing well for a picture and hug.