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35 To Epcot 35: Day 21 – Germany Pavilion

Epcot Center 35th Anniversary on October 1, 2017

Located in the World Showcase, The Germany Pavilion was built to resemble an old German town platz with medieval castle and Bavarian, fairy tale-style architecture thrown in. At the center of the pavilion, is a clock tower featuring a glockenspiel that chimes to welcome guests every hour.

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Dining & Food

Biergarten:

Designed to resemble a small German village at night, the Biergarten provides guests with a full-service, all-you-can-eat buffet. Themed after an open-courtyard during Oktoberfest, visitors are seated at large, communal, picnic-style tables.  Guests can visit the restaurant for lunch or dinner and sample authentic German cuisine, including: assorted sausages, frankfurters, red cabbage, pretzel bread, spätzle, schnitzel, wine kraut, apple strudel, pork loin and sauerbraten, a selection of German beer and more. Those dining at the Biergarten are entertained by a variety of German folk dancing and music, as well as yodeling. Reservations are required for this restaurant.

Sommerfest:

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For guests with less time, the Germany Pavilion also offers Sommerfest, a counter-service restaurant that serves up many of the same items as the Biergarten.  Park visitors can order bratwurst, frankfurters, sauerkraut, potato salad, soft pretzels, apple strudel, black forest cake, a selection of German beer and wine, and more.

Karamelle-Kuche:

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Guests that have a sweet-tooth (guilty!) will enjoy the Germany Pavilion’s Karamelle-Kuche, or Caramel Kitchen. This is a store you can smell before you see –it lures you in with the aroma of a variety of caramel-themed concoctions, including: caramel apples, popcorn, brownies, and toffee. This store is, of course, sponsored by Werther’s Original.

Sussigkeiten:

If the Karamelle-Kuche is not enough to satisfy your dessert cravings, guests can visit the aptly named Sussigkeiten, or sweets, shop. Featuring Hairbo candies, as well as homemade fudge, pretzels, cookies, and chocolates, this shop will annihilate your sweet tooth, while leaving it vindicated.

Weinkeller:

The Weinkeller, or wine cellar, is a place where guests can purchase a glass of Riesling, or explore the other wines of Germany.  Guests can purchase wine by the glass, or buy a bottle to save for later. The store serves wine in plastic glasses so busy customers can continue to explore the pavilion without being confined to the shop.

Shopping

Die Weihnachts Ecke:

Located next to the Karamell-Kuche, Die Weihnachts Ecke, or The Christmas Corner, sells traditional German Christmas decorations and glass ornaments. Guests can also learn about and purchase a pickle ornament, which is used in a common German Christmas tradition.  The pickle is hidden in the Christmas tree and the lucky child who finds it first receives and extra gift from St. Nicholas.

Der Teddybär:

Der Teddybär, or Teddy Bear Shop, is where guests of the Germany Pavilion can purchase Steiff stuffed animals, toys, teddy bears, puppets and their corresponding theaters.  

Glaskunst and Kunstarbeit in Kristall:

An outdoor shop selling Arribas glassware, Glaskunst, or glass art, provides guests with engraving and demonstrations by real-life glass blowers.

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Another store featuring glass merchandise, Kunstarbeit In Kristall, specializes in crystal and high-end glassware. Shoppers can purchase jewelry, steins, tiaras, wine and liquor glasses by Arribas, Nachtmann, Anna Hutte, Swarovski, Arnstadt, Princessa Plata, and Brillanti by Crystal World.

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Volkskunst:

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Volkskunst, or folk art, shop offers guests authentic German crafts, felt hats, hand-painted eggs, and Black Forest cuckoo clocks – a lot of cuckoo clocks.

 

Other Attractions

Saint George Slaying the Dragon:

The centerpiece for the Germany Pavilion, the statue of Saint George Slaying the Dragon, is fashioned after a similar statue located in Rothenburg, Germany.  Saint George is the patron saint of soldiers and his statue can be found near most villages in Germany.

Train Display:

This small outdoor train set was created for the Flower and Garden Festival, but was kept due to its popularity. Featuring bridges, tunnels, a countryside view, and LGB, or Lehnmann Gross Bahn, trains, the set runs on a 45mm gauge.

Did You Know?

The pavilion was originally supposed to feature a boat ride similar to Norway’s Maelstrom. This ride was to be a cruise down famous German rivers including the Rhine, the Ruhr, the Tauber, and the Isar.

Sources: DisneyFoodBlog, Lost Epcot, WDWinfo, Disney Parks

Image Sources: Disney Parks, DisneyFoodBlog, DisneyDining, DisneyPal, WDWKingdom,


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