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Address: 588 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5754
Phone Number: 614-221-8888

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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Pleasant neighborhood to visit for a stroll or to eat

We enjoyed our stay here, with interesting architecture and a variety of places to eat. It's a good area to explore for people with an interest in architecture, ethnic history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Edge W
Columbia, Missouri
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Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed our stay here, with interesting architecture and a variety of places to eat. It's a good area to explore for people with an interest in architecture, ethnic history, and good food.

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Turlock, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had no idea that this village was in Columbus. So much fun walking the area. Stopped by the info area and was given a walking map...lovely old houses...great shops...wonderful restaurants..you will not be disappointed.

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Palatine, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were lucky enough to have someone suggest we go down to the welcome center they have there. A short film put everything into context. They also had a map to show you where everything was located. Great walking experience reliving history. Cobble stone streets so have good walking shoes

Thank Donald A
Vero Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have had the pleasure of visiting the German Village neighborhood in the Autumn, just before Halloween. Walking provides you with the opportunity to enjoy the residents' outdoor decorations, the architecture, and the wonderful fall leaf colors. You will find several casual and upscale dining opportunities all over the neighborhood. My favorites are the Barcelona on East Whittier Street for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The start of the tour "haus" is a little off the street so you have to look for the sign and the driveway, but other than that it's an amazing village, that shows off the way that things changed and stayed the same. Be ready for some walking but the architecture is worth it.

Thank Anthony R
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I grew up here, so I am biased but GV is unique to Cbus. Whether walking the cobble stone streets that lead to beautiful Schiller Park, experiencing delicious restaurants like Lindeys and G Michaels or tasting German fare at Schmidts ( gotta try the cream puff), GV isn't to be missed! The plays in the park, the House & Garden... More 

1 Thank Lori H
Alexandria Bay, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very quaint part of Columbus that you should visit and go to the German Restaurant there!! Yum! The streets are narrow, cobblestone covered and narrow! Watch your step! Very interesting buildings and neighbourhood with pretty gardens and well kept houses. Some interesting shops are here also!

Thank Shawn H
Reelsville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice historic area, streets are very narrow so a larger vehicle is not good. Be careful pulling out, difficult to see oncoming vehicles due to heavy street parking. But nice homes.

Thank shelli j
West Chester, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small quaint area. My wife, myself & my wife"s family all ate at Schmidt's restaurant & then went to a candy store across from the restaurant. Great little area!

Thank Bill L
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The architecture is beautiful and most of the area has been kept in the style of when it was originally built. The waiter at Lindey's told us that most of the plumbing is still original, which tends to cause a slight smell in the warmer temperatures. But overall the area is neat to drive around and see all of the... More 

1 Thank mistylees

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