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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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Love visiting the Village and Eating there is a fun event also.

We visit there often. Born and raised in the Village , went to school at St. Marys High School and attend St. Marys Church. The entire area is Awesome to visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Ashville, Ohio, Usa
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Ashville, Ohio, Usa
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We visit there often. Born and raised in the Village , went to school at St. Marys High School and attend St. Marys Church. The entire area is Awesome to visit.

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Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice neighborhood good for walking and enjoying the park. Lovely homes abound. It's great to see an older neighborhood revitalized and energetic. Good for you Columbus, Ohio!

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Cardiff, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I visited German Village on a beautiful sunny day. The quaint cobbled streets and bursts of flowers made for an interesting stroll. A real gem is the Book Loft with over twenty rooms of books. It has a magnificent children's section. This is very enjoyable for browsing and...buying. The shop has a very pretty courtyard with flowers and a stand... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Stop here for great information! The volunteers here take great pride in this historic neighborhood.

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Bath, OH 44333
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I love visiting German Village. There are great shops and wonderful restaurants. A place to stretch your legs and have fun.

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Charleston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very cool and trendy place with many excellant restaurants and stores with so many different, unusual things to buy. Lots of things going on and things to do. If you're in the area, you must visit German Village.

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Yuma, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

One steps back in history at German Village. The brick houses are close together and to the sidewalk. There are all sorts of places to eat. But parking can be a problem, and sometimes the lines at popular restaurants can be enormous. Yet the establishments are interesting with many choices.

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Historic neighborhood south of downtown Columbus with easy walking down cobblestone streets for shops/homes/gardens. Experience the fascinating ambience of GV in very fine form, outside the new and modern of central Columbus.

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is such a nice neighborhood to drive through, to shop at. Its so interesting to look at the buildings and see how they have changed over the years!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I have been going to German Village since I was a child. I have see it evolve from when the renovation started. It is one of my favourite places to visit and to dine in. I think it is one of the quaintest and trendiest neighbourhoods in the US. I say this as a well travelled person who has lived... More 

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