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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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Good food!

German Village has the best food around. The people are really friendly and the village feels very safe

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Burlington, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

German Village has the best food around. The people are really friendly and the village feels very safe

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

It is a great place to enjoy a walk and amble thru Schiller park or the smaller frank fetch park Spring is particularly beautiful with the white and pink trees blooming currently They are many restaurant options which are scattered throughout and not located in one central place . For lunch would suggest brown bag deli which is near Schiller... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Brick streets, huge trees, good eats. I recommend driving down 3rd St. Stop at Kastingers Deli, Kitty's Cakes, The Golden Hobby Shop, Stauff's Coffee Roasters. The Book Loft next store is a must. 32 rooms of books. Every kind you can imagine. At the very end of 3rd St. is Shiller park. The perfect place for a picnic.

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Long Beach, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

They have a few shops, great original architecture and amazingly cute streets...it's a pretty small section so you can definitely see the majority of it in an hour or two...went to a dessert shop and a deli...both of them were great and very authentic...highly recommend if you'd like to see a little bit about the heritage of many of the... More 

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Waikato Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We visited just as it was turning to spring so was looking a bit wet with snow still on the ground. Learnt a little of the history at the information centre.

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Rexburg, Idaho
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This area provided a nice quiet place to walk around. I felt safe and free to wander through the quaint street. I was there for the Schmidt's Sausage Haus, and discovered their candy store as well. This was a nice little taste of Germany in the heart of Columbus

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Powell, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Took the family around German Village where we walked the cobblestone streets, visited the park, looked at the architecture and at at Schmidt's restaurant. It was an enjoyable time. If in the area, visit the welcome center for a quick video which is of interest and educational. There is also a place called Golden Hobby Shop and The Book Loft... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The homes there were very interesting to see..nice shops also. We stopped in at a original Max's and Irma's for a drink. Parking can be a little changeling.

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Columbus, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

if you love old houses, big parks, cobble stone streets and old German food, then German Village is a must visit when in Columbus. Make sure you picnic in Schiller Park, have lunch at Thurman's Cafe and dinner at Schmidts (get a cream puff for home)

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

You cannot visit Columbus without going to German Village. Hopefully you'll visit when the weather is nice and you can walk. The homes and brick streets/sidewalks are great, as are the restaurants and shops that are mixted inot the neighborhood. And, don't miss the bookstore....if I recall it has 32 different rooms of booksj.....it's aMAZEing!

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