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WORLD SHOWCASE – GERMANY

Where can you visit eleven countries in one day? At World Showcase, Epcot, Orlando, Florida of course! World Showcase at Epcot is situated around the shores of the 40 acre World Showcase lagoon, which is on the other side of Future World. It’s a fascinating experience, and offers you the chance to try exotic food, watch demonstrations of acrobatics and dancing, listen to music from around the world or wonder at the amazing scenery of countries such as China and Canada.

If you walk round the lake in a clockwise direction you will find that the fourth country you come to is Germany, with a replica medieval castle and fairy tale Bavarian buildings. Geraniums can be found in abundance. Of course there is a Beer Garden, but there is also a German village, where you will find romantic fairy tale architecture. The biergarten was based on the town of Rothenberg, and the cobble stoned plaza includes a fountain with a sculpture of St George and the Dragon. The inspiration for the facade of the art and book shop was the 16th century merchant’s hall in Freiburg, whilst the 400 year old town hall in Romsburg Square in Frankfurt was also used. Try to be in Germany near to the hour, as the clock in the clock tower strikes on the hour, and two Hummel figurines come out, to the accompaniment of a glockenspiel which chimes a special melody created for Epcot.

The Biergarten is an indoor German courtyard restaurant which serves a traditional German Oktoberfest buffet, including several varieties of German sausage, frankfurters, as well as the inevitable sauerbraten. No meal would be complete without apfel strudel, and cheesecakes. As you would expect there are yodellers and dancers, plus a German Band, Oktoberfest Musikanten, with musician dressed in lederhosen. There is a counter service restaurant, Sommerfest, which serves beer, pretzels and bratwurst, and apfel strudel.

The shops sell traditional German goods, including the delightful Hummel and Goebel figures, dolls, glassware as well as Swarovski crystal, cow bells and cuckoo clocks. There is a toy shop called Der Teddy , which sells Steiff stuffed animals, finger puppet theatres and of course, teddy bears. Those with a sweet tooth will delight in the Sussigkeiten, which sells pretzels, cookies, nut clusters, chocolate and homemade fudge. Unusually, there is a shop which sells Christmas decorations all year round, called Die Weihnachts Ecke. If you like wine tasting you will find it here, too.

But for children, there is a very popular and delightful model village with working model trains. The scenery is quite detailed, and you can walk across a footbridge to view it from the middle. If you are lucky you may see characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was apparently inspired by a version of the story written by the Brothers Grimm.

Whilst there are no rides or attractions, this is a great place to feel the atmosphere of Germany and to taste the food and culture of this country.

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