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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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We went here to walk around and check it out. Its really cool. You can feel the history here. Cobblestone streets. Just wish we could have eaten at the German restaurant but wait... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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83 reviews 83 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We went here to walk around and check it out. Its really cool. You can feel the history here. Cobblestone streets. Just wish we could have eaten at the German restaurant but wait was so long.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Unique restaurants with German flair, seafood, and pastries. Fantastic bookstore and neighborhood galleries. Several nice walking parks. Beautiful brick homes and streets. Well worth a visit.

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Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This was really the attraction I'd heard about in Columbus. We had limited time and wanted to eat at Schmidt's (highly recommended!) so we took some time to walk around and explore. It is pretty and charming, but it didn't feel like there was much to see. It's definitely a pleasant walk and there are some shops, but I honestly... More 

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Wooster
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Just as the name implies this was home to many German immigrants to Columbus and it is very, very quaint with sausage houses, beer gardens, and fabulous architecture in a very beautiful section of Columbus. There is an annual house and garden tour that allows you to see the beautiful restorations that have been done here.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We're transplanted Columbusites, now living in the northeast. Try to get back every year and every time we are back, German Village is on the agenda. The restaurants are fun and Schmidts it's still there - maybe even more of a tourist attraction than it was 40 years ago but the food is still the best for the sausage food... More 

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Riverton, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The charming atmosphere of the German village is great. Only outdone by the Fantastic food at Schmidts! Cream puffs,Schnitzels&sausage fantastic as well as authentic sides,beer&live polka music on Sat nights!

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COLUMBUS
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14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Nice part of old Columbus with German architecture, cobble stone streets (very rough) and the famous Schmitt's sausage house which is world famous for it's creams puffs and home made meats. They have a wonderful buffet that is all you can eat and very reasonably priced. Plan to be a while there is always a line waiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Enjoyed my trip to Scmidt's Sauasage Haus and Scmidt's Fudge Shoppe. Food and Fudge were great. Bought a small package of fudge for my plane trip home.

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Zanesville, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I have visited German Village many times over the years. I live about 50 miles outside of Col. and the Village is a regular destination. Lots of restaurants at all price ranges. Interesting old brick homes with tiny yards splendidly landscaped. Very pleasant to walk through. And be sure to go to the Book Loft. Can spend hours there!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Wouldn't expect to find a stellar Spanish restaurant in German Village but Barcelona turns those expectations on their head! The atmosphere is warm and open and the food, though pricey, was excellent!

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