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Address: 588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
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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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Wonderful walkable neighborhood

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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Nancy L
Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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 2 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 2 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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Severna Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Fox River Grove, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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Aurora, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

German Village was a nice surprise. I had heard about it for years, and finally made the trip. The village is a quaint area in Columbus where the houses are of European style, restaurants serve German food, and stores sell gifts from the Old Country. Many people, including myself, expect there to be a central local where all the restaurants... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a cool discovery while in Columbus. They had some pretty cool shops, and restaurants. I would go back again. Good time is to go around Christmas

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I thought the people were nice and very helpful, my battery died on my phone and when you're not from a place it is a scary feeling not to have a phone. The people in the district helped me and I was able to enjoy German Village. Lovely book store, neat hobby thrift shop and great bakery here.

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