History of Old World – Huntington Beach, CA

Old World Village - Old Picture


A tradition kept alive, Josef Bischof, a German developer, came to this country in 1952 and dreamed of bringing with him a piece of his homeland to share. After finding acreage available in Huntington Beach, his dream was to become a reality. He and his family built 50 homes above 50 shops in the traditional Bavarian style. They imported lanterns to light the way along the cobble stone streets, left space on the building's walls for 70 vibrant murals, depicting scenes from 18 European countries. They built a church for worship, a hall for gatherings and wedding receptions, also a garden gazebo, a restaurant, and a market. Our colorful maypole depicts ingredients for a happy life, including hearty food and a cozy home.

Old World opened its doors in 1978, it has always been synonymous with Oktoberfest. Over the years thousands have enjoyed the great sounds of authentic Oom-pah-pa bands direct from Germany and Austria, as well as the bizarre ritual of the "Chicken Dance". Mark your calendars, Oktoberfest starts and goes through to the beginning of November, visitors flock to Old World Wednesday thru Sundays to participate in the festivities, drink the ice cold German beer, pretzels, brats and BBQ chicken, & Jaegermeister served by our beautiful shot girls. Sundays is Kinderfest, here is where the whole family can enjoy a tradition, which originated in Munich in 1812. Check out our Kinderfest Discount Coupon for a great deal on a great day

We also have Dachshund Races each month on Sundays, so check out our Dachshund Races page.

At the Old World German Restaurant & Bakery which is open all rear round, the aroma of freshly baked rolls, bread and European pastries fill the air, on the menu you'll find German Specialties such as sauerkraut, bratwurst, sauerbraten, potato pancakes, rouladen, red cabbage and the real Wiener Schnitzel. And of course, Apple Strudel.

At the Market you can stock up with Brats for your own BBQ, cold cuts & fine cheeses. The Shops in the village are filled with a variety of products and services from crystal, collectibles and clocks to Birkenstocks, health foods & lederhosen.

We are not only known for our Oktoberfest, but also have become the Wedding Capital. Thousands of happy couples have chosen us for their wedding site. We also host countless fund-raisers and business meetings.

Every second Sunday in July is German Heritage Day, with a brass band, folk dancers, free food for the first 500 guests. In the middle of August is our plumfastic Plum Fest. Enjoy music, and delicious fresh baked goods made with sweet juicy plums.

Josef still resides on the property at Old World, his wife of more than 55 years, Dolores, passed away in September 2010, but she left Oldworld in the hands of her capable family, their children Cyndie, her husband Jason, and Bern and his wife Barbara. Along with their incredible staff, they continue to run the German Restaurant, host banquets, festivals, business expos, and the best Otkoberfest in California. Oldworld underwent renovations taht have bought a new life to the Old Village, and with the expansion of the Bella Terra entertainment area across the street, Oldworld's best years look like they could be in the future. While keeping with steadfast tradtions, Oldworld is a step back in time, but with modern facilities and services to bring the Old World charm to our events. Oldworld's future looks bright and is a place they will be proud to pass on to their kids. Markus, Matthaeus, Ronin & Ava.