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German Village

588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
614-221-8888
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Ranked #5 of 27 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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Mount Vernon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

stopping at German Village is to find cobble streets, excellent eats and wonderful stores and services. I visited a Charles Penzone's salon nestled between two beautiful homes. The salon was charming but more importantly it had cutting edge styles. We did a quick visit to an authentic deli and had a sample of an amazing cheese while we waited for... More

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Niles, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

First thing - Get a map, it will be very helpful. Once we had our map it was good to drive around the area and appreciate all that it had to offer. Lots of food option, site seeing, and strolling around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

German Village is one of my favorite areas in Columbus! Beautiful homes, gardens, shops--and a great place to walk. Don't miss: Schiller park and the book loft!

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Elyria, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great place to just walk around and visit the various shops, make sure you stop by the book store, you can spend hours in there. The food is fantastic, and never do we feel afraid to walk around, day or night. Then you are a few moments from downtown

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Quiet tree lined streets. Quaint houses and businesses. All within an area that is very nice to stroll around and explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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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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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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