Today we’re taking a look at Germany on our next stop around the World Showcase. If you’re just joining us, you might want to visit Mexico, Norway, and China first. I’m sure a few people will catch that I omitted the Adventure Outpost area in between China and Germany. I really don’t understand what it is other than some drums and an ice cream stand. I don’t think it’s a great tribute to any land – so I left it out! Once you’re past this confused little area you’ll start heading into what looks like a storybook, starting with Snow White’s Wishing Well.
I’ve never been to Germany, but if it really looks like this, then I’m in love! Of course, it helps that just on the other side of this is Karamell-Küche. If you are in the market for amazing desserts, this is a can’t miss spot. Morgan did a great post on some of the treats at this location. I tried the salted caramel fudge brownie, and it was kind of a mess – just really tough to eat and not the best thing I’ve had.
Below is another view of the bakery from the outside. Just to the right you can see another door – this leads to the Christmas Shop next door. Ironically, during the holiday season decorations cover the sign to the shop, so I wasn’t able to feature it here!
This is what the inside of the bakery looks like. Just taking a glance at this picture I can smell the caramel and candy! I don’t know if they use scent machines in there or whether it really smells that magical, but even if you don’t plan to stop – wonder by and take a whiff! It’s worth your time. 🙂
Connected to Karamell-Küche is the Christmas store. It seems like there wasn’t as much in stock here as there had been the last time I passed through. It might be because they have to make room for all the people visiting this time of year! Even first thing in the morning I had to get creative with my camera angles to not have people in these photos. So for the people who have visited this shop before, who has a Christmas pickle ornament?
Next door you’ll find Stein Saus (which doesn’t block its sign with Christmas decorations!). I included as many signs as I could for this land because they are so bright and different. It is really something that stands out about Germany.
Inside Stein Saus you’ll, of course, find steins! There are also some other clothing and gift items. One of my favorite things is the candy you can find in this shop and sporadically throughout Germany.
Connected to this little shop is a small bar and wine shop. Below are some of the sample sizes that are available. We go to Epcot all the time, and I never really knew this was back there! I’m interested to head back and try something. Has anyone else done tastings at this bar?
There is a view of the shop. It is very small and cozy. Just looking at this photo you can see the details on the bar and photos along the wall on the right. There are tons of little details to check out in the Germany pavilion. How great are those light fixtures?
I also found this amazing carving in the wine shop. I’ve been blown away by all the neat stuff I’ve found while exploring to write these articles for you guys! It’s so different to go check out the lands early in the morning when they first open. I know not everyone has the luxury of going just to walk around – but if you have the time a morning walk around the World Showcase is so worth it!
Next door you’ll find this bright, pretty sign! I love how different the signs are throughout this land. Does anyone want to see if they can read German and guess what this sign says? (No cheating and just scrolling down!)
If you guessed crystal you’re right. Below is the view inside this lovely shop! It makes me wonder if crystal is terribly German since there is also a crystal shop in Mexico!
However, there is no denying that these cool windows found in the shop are very German!
When you exit the crystal shop you have finished the left side of the Germany Pavilion, and now you’re at Biergarten. This is a restaurant that I haven’t tried in quite a while. The dining room features family seating, so the last time we went, our party of two was seated at a table full of kids. Some people might love this, but it wasn’t for us. If you try it keep in mind you may be seated with strangers. The show is also very loud.
If you step under the arch featured above you’ll see this beautiful mural and find Sommerfest. This is a counter service restaurant featuring bratwurst and some of the best soft pretzels in all of Walt Disney World! (What can I say, I’m a pretzel connoisseur.) There is really limited seating here that fills up, so often I grab my pretzel and grab a seat in a neighboring land.
The below photo shows the right side of the courtyard in front of Biergarten. You can see the next couple stops on our tour and the fountain that is a focal point for the land. In doing research for this article I found out that the clock in this photo actually has figures that come out on the hour! I’ve never seen them before, but I plan to make sure I see them the next time I’m there!
Here is a close up of the statue featured on top of the fountain. This is St. George, the patron saint of soldiers. I Googled him, and it looks like he is often depicted poking dragons in the mouth. You just can’t make that stuff up, folks!
Continuing on, you’ll come to one of the cutest signs in Epcot! We’ll have to see what I find on the rest of our adventure around the world, but this might win the contest!
Inside the shop it just gets better. It really looks like the inside of a giant toy chest. There is a very well placed Kidcot station inside this shop that all little ones should visit!
Next door is a pretty neat painting/sign. I know the angle on this photo is a little odd, but it was the only way I could fit everything into frame. For years I have walked by without really appreciating the level of detail that went into this area!
Also in front of this shop is a stained glass window of a clock maker. The photo doesn’t do it justice because of the reflections. The colors are brilliant, and it really shines at night!
As I’m sure you can guess inside you’ll find clocks! The ones found in this store are quite pricey but amazing! I don’t know that I would ever pay to get one, but they are fun to look at. Has anyone reading actually bought one of these? I saw someone paying to ship one home while I was there and was shocked. I guess I didn’t think anyone actually bought them!
The last shop as you leave Germany is Das Kaufhaus, which means “the department store” according to Google Translate. That makes sense as they carry mostly clothing and other gifty odds and ends. The sign for the store is gorgeous!
Again inside you can find beautiful details hidden. This carving was just over a doorway as I was wondering through. Germany was a great land for details if you have an extra few minutes to take a look!
Here is a view inside the store so you can get an idea of the kind of things they carry there.
When you exit the store, be sure to look up at the detail on the building. I did some hunting but didn’t find the story on these guys. Does anyone know the significance of these figures being on the building?
One last stop is the Bier Stand! This is just what is sounds like, featuring German beers and soft pretzels. Don’t let the empty line fool you: this place gets hoppin’ later in the day! Sommerfest is a little more hidden, so when I’m craving a pretzel I head there for a shorter line.
As you leave Germany and start walking towards Italy, you’ll see this kiosk out towards the World Showcase Lagoon. It features carved glasses and steins. Sometimes the carving can get backed up, so if you have your heart set on one, it’s a good idea to visit early in the day.
Of course, no visit to the Germany pavilion is complete without walking through the miniature trains exhibit! I skip a lot of the World Showcase, but I think we stop and look at this every time. It’s fun to see the changes that are made seasonally and all the work that goes into maintaining the garden.
And with that we have finished another stop around the world. Did you see something new in the Germany pavilion? Is there something I missed that our readers should know about? Please let us know in the comments below. I’m always thrilled to hear from you and I hope you’ll be back to take a trip through Italy! As always – thanks for reading!