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“Fun place to visit in the heart of Columbus!”
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 16 February 2018

We really enjoyed walking around German Village. Lots of cute shops, restaurants, etc., to stop into. Love the brick streets and historic homes. Don't miss Book Loft and Helen Wittenburg's shop while you are there!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank MaryE995
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"brick streets"
in 88 reviews
"book loft"
in 125 reviews
"schiller park"
in 84 reviews
"book store"
in 55 reviews
"german food"
in 22 reviews
"sausage"
in 37 reviews
"quaint area"
in 18 reviews
"cream puffs"
in 32 reviews
"visitor center"
in 17 reviews
"german immigrants"
in 11 reviews
"thurman cafe"
in 11 reviews
"great neighborhood"
in 14 reviews
"walk around"
in 36 reviews
"pistacia vera"
in 14 reviews
"close to downtown"
in 16 reviews
"unique shops"
in 10 reviews
"great place to walk"
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

Been here several times before on visits from England and it never fails to charm me. Originally built for the German immigrants in the mid 1800's, I believe but now very trendy, with bars, restaurants and boutique shops. It had some snow on my most recent visit, which made it even more lovely. Great to just wander around and look at the homes, cobbled streets and people-watch

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank tthemickstar
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Wonder place to walk and enjoy the scenery, a play in Schiller Park or dinner at Mohawk. Great vibe with brick streets.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Lori S
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

Great Shops, homes and people in the village. something for anyone wanting to experience German culture, architecture, cobble brick streets etc

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank ohioheat2000
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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

This village is walkable from the hotel restaurant in downtown. We had lunch as well as coffee in this village. We also get a tour of an award home. It is interesting to hear the story of the German Village.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Jimtravels4fun
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