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German Village

588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
614-221-8888
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Ranked #6 of 26 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Having heard that German Village is one of the top places to visit in Columbus, we made sure to set aside our one afternoon in town to explore it. But it turned out that the neighborhood visitors center had already closed for the day, so we couldn't get the kind of tourist information that would have given us background information... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Family and friends attended the German Village home tour and pretour dinner. We were amazed at the beautiful homes and quaint streets. This is truly a unique neighborhood. It is pedestrian friendly so great if you don't have a car. Another nice feature is that there are shops and restaurants along several streets. It's fun for strolling, dining, and shopping.... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Saint Mary's Catholic Church is an impressive building that anchors the neighborhood. Just down the road, my daughter found the book store and I thought I had lost her for good......33 rooms of jammed packed books and I knew we would see nothing else that day! Most of the books are new but there were some used ones too. On... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

When I arrived in the village by Greyhound, I asked people around about the nearest attractions. No one told me about the village, but somehow I found this place on my phone! I don't have a car, so I walked around and took a lot of pictures! I stopped by a fancy house, and at first I thought that it... More

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New Berlin, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This area is nice. You may not be able to park right out in front of a place you want to visit, but it's easy to walk. We went to Schmidtz's candy shop and parked a block away. The roads are tight and a bit rough in some areas. Still a really cute area not much was going on in... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

First thing we did was to stop at Schmidt's for a great German style lunch. Lunch was delicious. If you like Reuben Sandwiches, it was the best one I have ever had, and I have had my share. With a full stomach we were off to explore German Village. Stopped at the Visitor Center, and was advised by a well... More

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O'Fallon, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This is a interesting place to visit with the beautiful homes and flowers. One of the highlights was tourning the Book Loft with 32 different rooms and trying to find our way out of the maze! So many wonderful books to choose from.

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Toledo
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

First of all the good things: I loved seeing so many brick vernacular, Queen Anne and Italianate buildings in one place, I liked the brick streets, park, gardens,pedestrian-oriented theme and all the unsullied commercial buildings. I'm glad to see the Book Loft is still around and the fudge shop we visited had delicious maple fudge. But I can't help but... More

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USA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My husband grew up in German Village so we enjoy hanging out in the village. There are plenty of restaurants to enjoy. Some of our favorites are the Mohawk Grill, Barcelona, Max & Erma's, Lindys and Juergen's German Restaurant. We mark our calendar every year for the Village Valuables Yard Sales in May, German Village Home Tour in June and... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Very nice area for visitors to get a taste of Columbus. Lots of fun small shops and many terrific restaurants. It also a way to support many locally owned places and that's a big plus as well.

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