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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 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really neat area with the buildings close together and the brick/stone streets. Stop by Schmidt’s for a meal.

Thank ZMAN3411
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"quaint area"
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"great neighborhood"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to wander around. Most places don't start opening until late morning, but the parks and architecture are nice.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family decided to walk around and explore the German village on a day trip to Columbus. This neighborhood is very quaint. Almost every house and building you encounter is in pristine condition. It really is one of a kind. Upon exploring, we decided to visit the local bookstore & Starbucks. It made for a very nice, Fall day.

Thank Stephanie J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our Scottish relatives were arriving and we were looking for something different to show them. And we found it! A trip to the German Village in Columbus was a real find. The houses are so unique and the window boxes were so attractively decorated. And then on to Schmitt's Restaurant for lunch. It is German food at its best. And you can't leave without one of their eclairs. Then on the Book Loft where we could have spent the afternoon. We were all overwhelmed with the area and will be sure to return.

Thank John L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have lived here for 40 years. It is a gem of Columbus. The entire Village can be seen by walking but be mindful of the brick irregularities. Plenty of outstanding restaurants (South Village Grill, Barcelona, Lindies, Westies, etc.). Little shops here and there. Two exceptional parks. It really is a delight. Should you tour by car, beware of the streets. They can be full of dips and heaves.

Thank Bill M
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