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German Village

588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
614-221-8888
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Ranked #5 of 19 activities in Columbus
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
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... more » 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. « less
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My husband grew up in German Village so we enjoy hanging out in the village. There are plenty of restaurants to enjoy. Some of our favorites are the Mohawk Grill, Barcelona, Max & Erma's, Lindys and Juergen's German Restaurant. We mark our calendar every year for the Village Valuables Yard Sales in May, German Village Home Tour in June and... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Very nice area for visitors to get a taste of Columbus. Lots of fun small shops and many terrific restaurants. It also a way to support many locally owned places and that's a big plus as well.

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Columbus, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Cool neighborhood bars and good, unique places to eat. Parking can be a bit of a pain. If you find yourself on the perimeter of German Village, be careful of your surroundings after dark. It can get a bit dicey in that part of town later in the evening.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

German Village, Columbus Ohio is a great place to live and work. This is the real deal -- a well-preserved and maintained village-within-a-city. Best seen by walking or bike. As a bonus, to the west, German Village connects to the Brewery District, which was also part of the original German Town area of Columbus. In the Brewery District, you can... More

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Dublin, OH
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is one of the most scenic areas in Columbus. You can walk down almost any street and marvel at the architecture of the homes. Many have been remodeled. Brick streets and some brick sidewalks take you back to the 1800's when nearby German breweries were in operation. Do not miss a walk through Schiller Park just south of Reinhard... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Whether on a couples romantic outing or a family group day trip. Everyone will enjoy the sights and delicious foods and sweets the village as to offer. Wear comfortable shoes the brick roads are a bit uneven. All the seasons can be captured well with a camera suitable for framing. We go to Germany Village at least twice a year.

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Columbus, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's a nice community to live in, but there isn't really much to see or do. You have a few restaurants worth visiting, a nice dog park, and historic homes, but that's not all that exciting.

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Columbus, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

German Village is living history in Columbus. Back in the early 1900s, Stewart Ave school (located near Schiller Park) taught German primarily. English was taught secondarily. Even the old McDonalds and Big Bear Grocery Store (now Giant Eagle) had signs in both languages through the 1970s. I would recommend doing a walking tour to see the highlights. And don't forget... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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31 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This classic German neighborhood has been converted to an upscale residential neighborhood within one mile of the business section of downtown Columbus. The tiny one-room-wide homes from the turn of the century with their carefully manicured lawns and gardens provide hundreds of photo ops.

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Columbus, Ohio
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

German Village is a great place to get away from the busy life. Park your car and walk the old brick streets throughout the village. Every house is unique and the architecture is stunning. There are small bistros where you can stop and get a bite to eat if you wish. It truly is like stepping back in time when... More

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