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Address: 588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone Number: 614-221-8888
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Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Shopping
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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Can you say cream puffs???

We took the CBUS in the rain and walked several blocks to get to Schmidts in the German Village! Holy cow! Yummy, good and huge puffs in several flavors! We did not eat there for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Simi Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We took the CBUS in the rain and walked several blocks to get to Schmidts in the German Village! Holy cow! Yummy, good and huge puffs in several flavors! We did not eat there for their all you can eat buffet, but the place was packed! This is a very charming neighborhood, with lots of good eateries!

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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Let me start by saying it's not what I thought. The stores and restaurants are spread out. It's not like other villages I've been to where you go in one shop and another one is right next door. There may be a block in between or the next one may be around the corner. That being said it's still worth... More 

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Monongahela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The area is nice a little bit hectic with the streets narrow and busy, and people. Still worth the visit.

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Trenton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Good eats and nice walking. Schiller Park is home to theater and Shakespeare. Has a great community garage sale and book store

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Massillon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Love walking and seeing all the architecture, flowers and gardens. Love the local restaurants. Folks are always so friendly.

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Trenton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

What a wonderful area to walk through. The houses are traditional European with beautiful gardens. Stop by the book shop and Schmidt's Fudge Haus and try their ghost fudge, a spicy take on fudge. Plan to spend a few hours meandering this quaint village.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The German village is located just south of downtown. It is a beautiful area with cobbled streets and small narrow houses, typical of mainland Europe. The village was originally inhabited by German immigrants, many of whom left around World War 1 and the Great Depression which followed. It was after this, when the area was threatened with demolishen, that it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

German village is an interesting place as you can see the roads are paved with brick texture, houses though seem like congested has swimming pools and holds some of the fine restaurants. One can definitely feel different here when compared to the rest of the Columbus areas!

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Wear good walking shoes, as sidewalks are very uneven. You can see original brickwork and original homes, gardens and churches. Restaurants and shops can be a little few and far between, so you may have to find parking, which can be difficult, walk a bit and change spots. Schiller Park is a nice stop.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The tree lined streets and side walks aren't smooth as they are brick and stone...as they have been for more than a century. Buildings are largely homes (or were originally) and have been built over the last century or more. Nearly all are rich in character from their slate roofs to the blooms in their small, but fabulous gardens. My... More 

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Address: Address: 588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone Number: 614-221-8888
Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Columbus

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