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German Village

Address: 588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone Number: 614-221-8888
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Ranked #11 of 54 Attractions in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Other, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: A highway bridge over Interstate 70 is all that separates the German Village Historic District from...
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Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Other, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing
Owner description: 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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Lancaster, Ohio
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188 reviews 188 reviews
21 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Lots of good restaurants. Interesting, independently owned shops, Graceful, well-cared-for homes. A well-used park. This is a fun place to explore when you're in town.

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North Olmsted, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed seeing the well-kept original houses and stores built by the original German immigrants. Had a delicious German buffet at Schmidts.

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Columbus, Ohio
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172 reviews 172 reviews
56 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

There are some historic places to eat and drink in German Village, but the homes and neighborhood make the trip worthwhile. Such a great, and mostly hidden gem, of Columbus.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

While visiting friends in Ohio we made sure to go to the bookstore as my son loves books. He was very pleased with the selection of books he purchased while there..

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Dublin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

It is a nice place to spend few hours on a lazy afternoon. Good restaurants with cute art and book shops.

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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We visited the German village when my son lived in America in 2007, it had a very close community and was very friendly. The first day we visited the Fudge House and bought some fudge, while we sat on the seat outside, a man came to chat to us, he was Tim the owner of the Fudge house. Tim had... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

What a wonderful area to wander through. The streets, the shops, all so charming that you forget that you are so close to a major city. A true Kodak moment, bring the camera. So many beautiful old buildings. A favorite stop was the Golden Hobby Shop. The old school building was interesting enough,but inside it was filled with treasures. Wonderful,... More 

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Greenfield, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

All of the things in this little shop (in an old school) are handmade by senior citizens. The ladies working there were so delightful and so full of information for tourists. Their prices are wonderful for their beautiful things and it was the favorite part of our weekend getaway!

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Cincinnati
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

The German Village is just south of downtown near the interstates. This is the real deal with cobbled streets and wonderful quaint homes and shops. The shops are intermingled amongst churches, houses and restaurants. Get some good German food and beer.

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Powell, Wyoming
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21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

If you can let your imagination roam as you stroll the the area or drive through you can envision what it must have been like 100 years ago. The houses are amazing and the time is well worth it to go around and look. We ate at the German Village Cafe, walked around and through the parks. Fantastic relaxing day... More 

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