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Address: 588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone Number: 614-221-8888
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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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Nice walking tour

Great neighborhood to explore, nice small shops and a few excellent eateries.The houses and buildings show wonderfully varied styles of architecture .

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great neighborhood to explore, nice small shops and a few excellent eateries.The houses and buildings show wonderfully varied styles of architecture .

Thank jaybirde63
Hanover, Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky to have an above average temperature and sunny day in Columbus, Ohio on our way south. What a great way to stretch your legs. Many of the sidewalks and roads are brick and very uneven so make sure you wear your runners or flats for safety. The architecture is wonderful. Bring your camera since you will want... More 

2 Thank LeeHanover_Ontario
New Jersey
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593 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,077 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a charming neighborhood that we visited couple of times, while staying with family. We loved it in the summer and in the winter too. The cobblestone streets and the brick houses with the small well kept gardens. Much like the small neighborhoods in Europe we love so much. We enjoyed our time spend here and now is time... More 

2 Thank Wenovo
Parma, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The very best chocolate in the country. We purchàsed a lb of assorted wraped home made chocolate. Caution! Eat slow as you walk it off in this clean, safe, picturesque village. Maybe stop back for more on your trip home.

2 Thank MMandSM
Duarte, United States
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just drove around the cobblestone streets and saw the lovely old houses. Both row and single family..quite a big neighborhood

1 Thank Sue B
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to Barcelona Restaurant in German Village, Columbus, Ohio. The Pampas were great! My niece and my daughter went with and they loved it too. Definitely a return visit..

Thank Robert F
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited in winter and are planning to return in the summer time to explore this neighborhood further. Truly remarkable architecture, lovely cobblestone streets and a well kept area that is rich with history. There are plenty of shops, art galleries and eateries nestled along your journey so you can easily spend the entire day just walking, shopping and dining... More 

Thank Barb W
Columbus, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Smaller village than I realized. Not too unique. Very few about Germany in it, so apart from the buildings very blah. Similar to other trendy villages with restaurants.

Thank Aria E
Calgary, Canada
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73 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Explored the area by foot and found pleasant surprises at every turn. Interesting shops and restaurants throughout. Be sure to visit!

Thank RobS2011
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

German Village is part of the Historic Preservation commitment of Columbus, Ohio. From its brick streets to its preserved architecture it is a treat not to be missed. Shops, parks and restaurants will provide with more than enough to see and do in any time of the year. Make sure you start at the German Village Meeting House at 588... More 

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