Epcot’s Germany Pavilion Is a Great Place to Eat, Drink, and Shop

If there's one pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase that is perfect for sitting down, taking a break, and enjoy an ice cold beer it has to be Germany. That seems like a natural thing to do when one is touring the Germany pavilion, but there's so much more to this gorgeous pavilion including great shops, a fun family dining experience, and of course caramel corn.

What do you love most about the Germany pavilion?What do you love most about the Germany pavilion?

The Germany pavilion was designed to look like a German town with the architecture of the buildings representing various regions and different eras. The always bustling Platz or town square features a statute of St. George slaying the dragon and it is modeled after the statue in Rothenburg.

There are so many things we love about this pavilion but today we'll focus on just a few of the best things about visiting the Germany pavilion!

The town square in Epcot's Germany pavilionThe town square in Epcot's Germany pavilion

Of course no visit to Germany would be complete without stopping for some food and drink. The choices here include a quick service spot, Sommerfest, and the always fun table service location the Biergarten.

If you're looking for a quick bite to eat we have to recommend Sommerfest. It's the perfect place to grab a bratwurst or an order of nudel gratin (or both!) and a beer. Actual seating for Sommerfest is somewhat limited but there are quite a few lovely benches in the middle of the pavilion.

Bratwurst at SommerfestBratwurst at Sommerfest

Maybe a quick meal isn't what you're looking for and you'd rather spend some time eating a buffet of German favorites? If that's the case then you're in luck because Germany is home to Biergarten, the all-you-can-eat buffet. This popular table service spot transports guests to a Bavarian village town square that is set up for a party.

The atmosphere inside Biergarten is quite fun and with the full moon over the village and the lamp posts flickering, you really do feel like you're in the middle of a small town square. Just be warned: you will be seated at a large table for eight, so if your party is smaller than that you'll be making new friends in no time!

The buffet includes bratwurst, rotisserie chicken, schnitzel, salads, soups, breads, sauerkraut, and more. There's also a dessert buffet that features Bavarian cheesecake, apple strudel, and other sweets. And don't forget about the entertainment at Biergarten! It is a party after all.

Some of the buffet options at BiergartenSome of the buffet options at Biergarten

Whether we're eating a full meal at Biergarten or just grabbing a snack, there's one shop in Germany where you just have to stop and we're talking about Karamelle Kuche. The "Caramel Kitchen" is home to some of the best sweet treats in all of Epcot (heck, in all of Walt Disney World!).

The bakery case is full of caramel treats including cookies, apples, and more. But the one thing we always have to buy at Karamelle Kuche is a bag of the fresh-popped, hand-crafted caramel corn. An even better idea? Buy two bags: one to eat right now and one to take back to your resort hotel room for a late night snack.

Caramel corn from Karamelle KucheCaramel corn from Karamelle Kuche

The Germany pavilion is also one of the best spots to shop til you drop in Epcot. So after you've dined at Biergarten and satisfied your sweet tooth at Karamelle Kuche it's time to walk off those calories and spend some money.

Kids of all ages will love Der Teddybar which is home to some great German toys and, of course, teddy bears. You'll also find the Kidcot Stop inside the store so don't forget to get that cardboard Duffy stamped.

Other shops include Der Bucherwrum (steins and glassware), Kunstarbeit In Kristall (crystal merchandise), and the Stein Haus where you can purchase an authentic German beer stein.

The outisde of Das KaufhausThe outisde of Das Kaufhaus

Our favorite shops include Weinkeller where guests can enjoy a wine tasting and choose from more than 200 varieties of German wine, and Die Weihnachts Ecke where you can pick up a pickle Christmas ornament. Other fun shops include Volkskunst where you'll find an assortment of cuckoo clocks and Das Kaufhaus.

Once you've found that perfect souvenir don't forget to stop by Snow White's Wishing Well just outside the pavilion. It's a great place to meet the princess! The other side of the pavilion is home to the miniature German train village which is always fun to watch.

Germany's miniature train villageGermany's miniature train village

We could spend hours inside the Germany pavilion (and sometimes we do!) thanks to the gorgeous architecture, delicious food and drinks, and incredible shops. What is your favorite thing about the Germany pavilion? Let us know in the comments.

Many thanks to the Disney Food Blog for use of their photos.

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 10/28/2015 - 15:13:

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I'm such a sucker for the Karamelle Kuche.

rubaru wrote on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 18:27:

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cmoutlet :

Your post is completely unnecessary in a place like this and probably out to be deleted by the moderators.

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