While Orange County is called home by people of many cultures, finding a European flavor in one stop is a tough order. But at Old World Village, at least, visitors can douse themselves in all things German--from lederhosen to oompah music.
More than 40 families live in the village, above the shops and restaurants they own and operate. The ethnic charm of the place is abundant--the cobbled walkways, the painted designs on the stores' exteriors, and the wooden signs hanging from wrought-iron posts above the doors.
A variety of goods are available at the village's 30 or so shops, including German clothing and shoes, collectibles, crystal, porcelain, flowers and clocks. Two restaurants, a deli and a bakery tempt visitors with the smells of bratwurst, sauerkraut and other traditional German treats.
The 13-room Hotel Europe can accommodate guests wishing to stay overnight. The 150-seat Old World Village Chapel offers Sunday services in both English and German and is available for weddings.