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Address: 588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone Number: 614-221-8888
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Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing
Description: A highway bridge over Interstate 70 is all that separates the German...
A highway bridge over Interstate 70 is all that separates the German Village Historic District from downtown Columbus, but as one looks east from the interstate, the difference between old and new is glaring. A 20+ story structure sits just north of the interstate bridge, and just south, in German Village, no structure is higher than three stories. Five blocks south, the spire of St. Mary Church stands 197’ off the sidewalk and towers over everything around it. Structures and sidewalks are orange masonry, and many streets (about half) are still brick pavers. German Village does not have a recreated sense of history or kitschy Bavarian feel ~ rather, it is a neighborhood with architecture dating from the 1840s-1890s that has been preserved, and its use as a shared residential and commercial neighborhood has been maintained. People walk to their destinations, park on the street due to the overwhelming absence of driveways, and live life at a very pedestrian level. The neighborhood is extremely dense ~ very often only inches separate neighboring structures, and many structures were built for multi-family use. German Village is notably different because its appearance has changed so little.
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Beautiful architecture, great restaurants, and Schiller Park

This place still appeal to me after many visits. If you want a run/jog/walk there is Schiller Park which is beatifully maintained. There are beautiful homes and small cottages... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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State College, Pennsylvania
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State College, Pennsylvania
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154 reviews 154 reviews
14 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This place still appeal to me after many visits. If you want a run/jog/walk there is Schiller Park which is beatifully maintained. There are beautiful homes and small cottages that make you thinks you are in historic Germany. And there are classy restaurants like Lindeys, the amazing Schimdt's, and many more.

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Reynoldsburg
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Take the time to enjoy just walking around the village. Start at Schiller Park in the heart of the village. Be sure to stop by The Book Loft for a fun adventure (and some cheap books). Be sure to visit one of the MANY wonderful restaurants in the village, especially The Sycamore. You can an entire day in German Village... More 

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Holland
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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

old time german village. great food and great bakeries and great chocolate. cobblestone roads and sidewalks.

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Willoughby Hills, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

German Village is a great historic neighborhood to stroll around, shop and eat. The architecture is unique with old brick roads, homes and garden courtyards large and small. Don't miss the candy shop and watch them make fudge, Helen Winnemore's for fine crafts and the Book Loft for a 32 room maze of books. Then sit down for a delicious... More 

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Highland, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a very scenic historic village . It has some of the greatest German restaurants in the U. S. It also has fantastic bakery shops throughout the village.The Bookloft is one of the best new book stores with room after room, floor after floor of new books , many signed by the authors.They also have many events thru the... More 

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CHICAGO, IL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Quaint, safe and great coffee shops and book store. Would definitely would like to spend more time walking all the brick streets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Very historic! The buildings and homes are landmarks. It's very calm and people are friendly. Besides, it's conveniently located to downtown.

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TOMS RIVER
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80 reviews 80 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

A great place to see some unique and traditional German culture. Make to stop at some of the locals shops and eateries. Their pride is reflected.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Lovely quiet neighbourhood, in contrast with downtown's skyline. Loved the Book Loft, 32 small rooms with tons of books. Since I visited in springtime, it looked even nicer with flowers and trees bursting.

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Hillsboro, Ohio
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315 reviews 315 reviews
76 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I love this little village I highly recommend coming here the bookstore here is so cool and huge and they have the best German restaurant

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