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German Village

588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
614-221-8888
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Ranked #7 of 26 Activities in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Went twice while I was in Columbus for a few days with my fiance and love this little place, there a little park bear by with a lot of duck's, coffee shop and chocolatier shop where I stop both times, a beautiful book store with variety and beautiful structure, the streets are surrounded by German style housing and you can... More

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Rochester, New York
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119 reviews 119 reviews
34 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

If you are looking for a neighborhood filled with shops, this is not your place. If you are looking for someplace unique to take a walk, you've found the place. My wife and I visited in August of 2014 with out 10 month old son and took a walk for a couple hours strolling the side streets and just generally... More

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Mayfield Heights, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Nice little town, Not allot to do besides a few shops. I was hoping for more to do. The sausage shop made it worth it

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Nice to be able to see a piece of history in my heritage. Enjoyed the shops nearby seeing authentic china and crafts. The Bookloft is also a must see -- make sure to get a map so you do not get lost in there! Also enjoyed Schiller Park.

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Top Contributor
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25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

I've heard about German Village before, and always thought it would be a neat place to visit, but never got around to it. My mother flew to Ohio for vacation and while waiting in the Columbus Airport, she seen a pamphlet talking about German Village and wanted to visit. So we spent about 7 hours there one Monday. What a... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Having heard that German Village is one of the top places to visit in Columbus, we made sure to set aside our one afternoon in town to explore it. But it turned out that the neighborhood visitors center had already closed for the day, so we couldn't get the kind of tourist information that would have given us background information... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Family and friends attended the German Village home tour and pretour dinner. We were amazed at the beautiful homes and quaint streets. This is truly a unique neighborhood. It is pedestrian friendly so great if you don't have a car. Another nice feature is that there are shops and restaurants along several streets. It's fun for strolling, dining, and shopping.... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Saint Mary's Catholic Church is an impressive building that anchors the neighborhood. Just down the road, my daughter found the book store and I thought I had lost her for good......33 rooms of jammed packed books and I knew we would see nothing else that day! Most of the books are new but there were some used ones too. On... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

When I arrived in the village by Greyhound, I asked people around about the nearest attractions. No one told me about the village, but somehow I found this place on my phone! I don't have a car, so I walked around and took a lot of pictures! I stopped by a fancy house, and at first I thought that it... More

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New Berlin, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This area is nice. You may not be able to park right out in front of a place you want to visit, but it's easy to walk. We went to Schmidtz's candy shop and parked a block away. The roads are tight and a bit rough in some areas. Still a really cute area not much was going on in... More

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