There are many secrets to discover throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. The talented Disney Imagineers have created many of these secrets "hidden" in plain sight, waiting for the curious guest to discover them. Today Only WDWorld takes you to Epcot Germany to find out the Secret of the "Missing Hapsburg Emperor."
When you visit the Epcot Germany Pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase you see a recreation of a Bavarian village platz (plaza.) Here you will see a mixture of architectural styles in the various buildings that range from those you would see in the 13th century to the 17th centuries.
Epcot Germany Pavilion
The Disney Imagineers looked to create a classic image of Germany that combines pieces and aspects of many real buildings and structures from across the country. By combining certain features of many different cities and buildings they successfully create a perfect storybook image of Germany as you may imagine in the fairy tales.
Gild Hall - Kaufhaus
One interesting building is the Gild Hall which is a close facsimile of the Kaufhaus found in Freiburg, Germany (pictured below.) The Historic Merchants Hall was built in 1520 - 1521. The statues on the front of the building represent 4 of the Hapsburg Emperors and were sculpted between 1520 and 1531 by Sixt von Staufen.