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“a nice stroll” 5 of 5 stars
Review of German Village

German Village
588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
614-221-8888
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Ranked #6 of 50 Activities in Columbus
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Food & Drink
Activities: Shopping, Dining, City walk sightseeing
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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.
Toronto, Canada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“a nice stroll”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

15 minute walk from downtown, this historic village is a nice way to spend an afternoon. Get lost in the McMillan book loft (32 rooms of discount books!!) Lots of hidden nooks and cranny stores peppered throughout the village - fudge, crafts, kitchen supplies, delis and bratwurst restaurants. Stroll around, enjoy the view. A nice park awaits you at the other end. Chill out and enjoy the fountains.

Visited January 2013
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Greenfield, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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“good time had by all”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

me and my hubby and the kids had a great day out we really liked the German village my Great Grandad having been in the Prussian Army this was of real interest in tracing our German Roots.

Visited December 2012
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Perrysburg
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Georgus and Historic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

It is a wonderful little place in the north end of Columbus, with great parks and wonderful places to eat, no to mention the parks, so relaxing in all seasons. Check out the free play schedules at Schlinder Park

Visited December 2012
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Cambridge, Ohio
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

I love German village. Don't miss the bookstore, you can spend hours in there. Their Christmas tour is not to be missed. The summer garden tour is excellent also.

Visited December 2012
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Dublin, Ohio
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“Lovely neighborhood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I wish I had to guts to buy an old house again. Nice old homes and fun places to go. 100 characters, about a nice old neighborhood... sorry, lovely place to wander about but it is just a neighborhood.

Visited November 2012
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