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Address: 588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
Phone Number:
+1 614-221-8888
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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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Great place to stroll

Nice neighborhood, a few nice shops and coffee places - a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon. The bookstore is of course also a must.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice neighborhood, a few nice shops and coffee places - a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon. The bookstore is of course also a must.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This area of town is quaint with a bit of a European feel. There are many good restaurants in the area and several good bakeries and delis. The bookloft is great for book lovers and a really nice spot. If you are in town and looking for a nice place to stroll with many good food options, this area of... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a wonderful treat to be able stroll the area and drop into the shops along the way. Don't be in a hurry. I don't know the length of the entire area but it is a nice walk. You will find gifts, art, and the most incredible book store , The Book Loft -- unimaginable. Various levels as well as... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This area of Columbus is one of the many historical districts wonderfully preserved. Charming homes, restaurants and shops It's a lovely way to spend 2 or 3 hours on a nice day.

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Valley View, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the best time walking around and window shopping... Came home with some amazing pastries... Brick streets so I suggest wearing sensible shoes

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went to dinner at a German restaurant called Schmidt. It was our first time but not our last. The portions were great and the service was even better. It was the first time my wife ate German food. She was happy would like to back for Oktoberfest. It was a little pricey but well worth it.

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Sallisaw, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the signature areas of Columbus. Great restaurants here. Lots of history too. Fun for all ages.

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Dublin, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter's photography club met here one sunny and warm Autumn afternoon and my husband and I thought it would be a great opportunity to spend time here while the group was doing their own thing. We strolled around the cobblestone streets, dined at the Mohawk Restaurant for a tasty lunch, walked through the gorgeous Schiller Park and enjoyed looking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked around after dark, felt safe with all the Christmas lights and streets going every which way. Its quite quaint,

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had read other reviews and had expected many more shops and more German restaurants, so were disappointed overall. Perhaps it is more active in the summer. We did enjoy visiting the Book Loft, a bookstore with 32 rooms (though let's not think about what would happen if there were a fire). I was hoping to find a coffee shop... More 

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