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“A nice place to visit”
Review of German Village

German Village
Ranked #15 of 120 things to do in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 8 January 2018

I’d never really spent any time in Columbus before, but we spent most of a mid-August day here on the way back home and most of it was in German Village. I like that it doesn’t have over-the-top Bavarian motifs everywhere. It’s just a nice historic neighborhood, with old brick buildings, and nice flower gardens on many of the tiny lots. After a short film and an orientation in the visitors’ center, we loved visiting the shops and businesses. Our favorites were the Golden Hobby Shop, the Book Loft, Helen Winnemore’s, and Kolache Republic. We also enjoyed Schiller Park with its Huntington Gardens. Parking throughout German Village was on the street, so it was sometimes a challenge. Would definitely recommend stopping here if you have the time and interest.

Date of experience: August 2017
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"brick streets"
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"book loft"
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"schiller park"
in 84 reviews
"book store"
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"german food"
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"quaint area"
in 18 reviews
"cream puffs"
in 32 reviews
"visitor center"
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"german immigrants"
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"thurman cafe"
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"great neighborhood"
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"walk around"
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"pistacia vera"
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"close to downtown"
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"unique shops"
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"great place to walk"
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

German Village is just a few blocks south of downtown Columbus. The brick buildings, German architecture, and beautiful parks and gardens are accentuated by wonderful shopping and dining opportunities. Places to eat include Lindey's, Schmidt's, Thurman Cafe, and Harvest Pizzeria just to mention a few of my favorites. Places to shop include The Book Loft, Helen Winnemore's, Keny Galleries, and Franklin Art Glass. The Book Loft is a must! Kids of all ages can spend literally an hour or more looking through the dozens of rooms filled with books. I've taken my kids there with children who hate to read, and my children's friends can't wait to have their parents take them there again and again.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed 26 December 2017

Lots of fun & shopping. The little shops have a lot of unusual gift items delicious home made candies. Also if you want a great German meal, Schmidts is the best!

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

We started our afternoon by finding some street parking by Brown Bag Deli and had a delicious lunch. If you find street parking you can walk to all the wonderful places in the German Village. The Book Loft has more than a dozen rooms of books. The Fudge Haus has the richest and tastiest fudge I've ever had. Just walking around looking at the various houses and parks is so much fun. You should stop here if you're in Columbus.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank rosehay2
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

It is worth the visit but you have to go around a bit. The place is beautiful, make sure you eat at Schmidts!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank marioi200
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