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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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A lovely neighborhood to wander in on a weekend.

The architecture of the old homes is lovely, with most of them having been lovingly cared for over the years. There are lots of quaint shops and many places to eat. Parking is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The architecture of the old homes is lovely, with most of them having been lovingly cared for over the years. There are lots of quaint shops and many places to eat. Parking is always iffy, so when you find a place, simply leave your car and wander about.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

You'll need a guide (online) to show you the architecture and it is a wide area so it is more accessible on a bike. It was interesting to see some of the architecture but some did not seem that unique.

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Fredericktown, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Being from central ohio, I had never actually visited the German village outside the Oktoberfest week. I spent three hours walking around one Saturday before an OSU football game, and was not very impressed. The homes and businesses are well kept and are pricey, even trendy. Beyond that, I saw nothing to make me want to come back.

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Columbus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Neat part of Columbus to wander around. Every spring they have a huge neighborhood tag sale event - it usually corresponds with the Komen Race for the Cure which goes right through German Village. In December they have a really nice program where they line the streets with luminaries. We love Katzingers Deli and the Book Loft - both are... More 

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silver spring md
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

While you wait for a table at the local German restaurant. Really well kept properties, with an immense display of pride of ownership. If you enjoy walking through historic districts, you will like this one.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I live in Columbus and this was a treat to see as I had not really walked around the neighborhoods much in German Village. There are great places to eat like Schmidts and Lindy's to name a couple, but the homes and streets all throughout are really beautiful. Definitely worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

The name of German Village again attract us to visit this place. It is nice area for stay for a while. There are German restaurants but we have already taken our lunch.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The history here is everywhere! The quaint buildings, shops, restaurants, people - what a fun time just walking around! Lots to see if you enjoy old, beautifully maintained buildings. Very pretty. Really great places to eat and shop!

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Muskogee, OK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We love this area of Columbus for its interesting dining from German delis to fine restaurants. We have especially loved the old Book Loft in one of the old houses and on multiple floors. Here you find the most unusual books at great prices.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

a wonderful neighbor hood to just slow down and walk. Almost all of the houses and gardens are incredible. Plenty of green space, places to eat and drink,,,,,and just sit..

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Address: 588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone Number: 614-221-8888
Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Columbus

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