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Address: 588 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5754
Phone Number: 614-221-8888
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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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Fun Day in German Village

Quaint area in heart of downtown Columbus. Brick Streets, restaurants, shops and boutiques. Bring comfortable shoes and an appetite. A rest in Schiller Park prior to dinner is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice little video at visitor's center about history of village. Guide that showed us around was very nice. Flowers by private homes were beautiful. They have walking tours but we were already on a bus so guide joined us to drive around village.

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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quaint area in heart of downtown Columbus. Brick Streets, restaurants, shops and boutiques. Bring comfortable shoes and an appetite. A rest in Schiller Park prior to dinner is a good way to top of the day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've always loved German Village and actually thought about buying a house here several years ago. There are brick streets to walk and dozens of well-kept houses to look at. A truly unique city neighborhood with fun restaurants and a great bookstore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited German Village for the first time a couple of weeks ago. What a charming area! The homes and gardens were spectacular. The shops had some touristy items along with unique offerings. If you go you have to check out the Bookstore. It is unbelievable. We will definitely visit again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's quaint but I think it's more for the younger crowd and college kids. It's not for a family with little ones.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

From unique bookstore with aisles and aisles to explore and get lost, old churches turned into a Golden Hobby Shop, delightful dining of all varieties, good German wurst and schnitzel. Take in a show at Shadowbox while you are there. Fun for everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Definitely wear comfortable shoes when you walk the brick streets and sidewalks. The area was so peaceful and the birds chirping and the lovely gardens and patios surrounding the German style homes were beautiful. Of course you must eat the lunch buffet at Schmidt's because it is a good deal at $10 all you can eat lunch. This will give... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome area to visit and the huge park in the center is worth a visit. Brick houses on brick streets that have been well preserved. Lots of great restaurants too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went there with my wife on a weekend getaway. Not the greatest place for young kids I would say. But for adults they have a variety of german foods to tempt your taste buds. Also have quaint shops to explore go to visitors center they have maps. Overall unique experience don't want to spoil anything so I didn't mention any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I really had fun visiting this historical location. I wish I could have spent more time there. There different shops for everyone. I wish I could have spent all day at the book store and exploring the different historical buildings.

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