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Address: 588 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5754
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+1 614-221-8888

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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A nice stroll. Wonderful businesses and restaurants. I enjoy the beauty of the architecture and parks.

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A nice stroll. Wonderful businesses and restaurants. I enjoy the beauty of the architecture and parks.

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

German Village is right off downtown and a fun place to walk and look at the German buildings. Schiller Park is a nice place to take a picnic or just to take a walk. There are beautiful old German homes and brick streets. It's like stepping back in time.

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Sellersburg, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We thought the brick streets were beautiful as well as the houses, but couldn't really find many German businesses. Maybe we looked in the wrong spots, I don't know. Also thought it was unusual there were few traffic signals in a neighborhood so close to downtown Columbus. But overall not a bad place to visit.

Thank ManningAvenger
Marco Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

German Village is a wonderful friendly neighborhood near downtown Columbus that is a must to see if you are visiting the Columbus area. In the spring time there is a German Village home and garden tour that is a fantastic tour of the red brick homes. Numerous shops and great restaurants are spread throughout the village. The best way to... More 

Thank williammZ222ZR
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

German Village is hidden near Columbus Downtown. This is must place to see. Lots of good restaurants and Ice cream shops. Area is based on Red Brick construction.

Thank GaganGoswami
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Didn't really explore area much but it seemed small. Went to Schmidt's for bratwurst buffet. It was good value.

Thank Jodmeister
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great area to visit. Full of character. Bust Winans for coffee and choc. Book Loft is amazing. Folks very friendly. Really nice way to spend an afternoon

Thank Kealan G
Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great fun, good vibe.. very unique shops.. different than most German villages around different areas

Thank Sonny_circumvehor
Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can't go to Columbus and not go to German Village. You will be missing a gem. Stroll down the old brick streets with skinny yet pristine houses. Enjoy German restaurants, a 32 room book shop, and Jeni's ice cream. In the summer, you can stroll through Schiller park and watch Shakespeare plays on the grass. It feels like traveling... More 

Thank kelsmuir25
Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice place to go to walk around and relax. Everything there is so cute like the houses and shops. Its a nice thing to do on a day off.

Thank swatsonk1978

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