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German Village

588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
614-221-8888
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Ranked #6 of 50 Activities in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Food & Drink
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, Food & Drink
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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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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118 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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Columbus, Ohio
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8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

German Village is a true treasure. Looking for food? Try the original Max and Ermas, or Schmidts, or Thurmans and more. Schmidt's Fudge Haus is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, or go to the Book Loft. Plan to spend a long time as it is a great place to just wander up and down the brick and cobbled streets... More 

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Columbus, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Even if you have little time please drive through and see the wonderful brick homes built in the German style. Just before Christmas they will offer the public The Lights of German Village where thousands of luminaries will line the streets, shops will be open late offering specials and snacks, there are typically vintage style carolers, Santa and much more!... More 

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Lima, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We really enjoy going to the Bookstore in German village. Lindeys resturant and multiple coffee shops. Lots of small shops to visit and you have to love the cobblestone streets !

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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Al e cart tours offer a German village tour. Sheila is very knowledgeable about the area and makes the visit so enjoyable. If you don't do the tour..stop at the village tourism building. There you can see a short video and pick up some additional material. Never pass up the fudge shop. Tim is a fun guy and the fudge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I truly enjoy visiting German Village. There are so many little nooks and crannies there that it would be impossible to see everything in just one visit. I love the quaint little shops and the many restaurants you have to choose from. The cobbled streets lend character to the area too. It is always nice to take a stroll around... More 

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