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Address: 588 S Third St., Columbus, OH 43215
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+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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We swung by here on a Thursday afternoon while passing through Columbus when we were traveling. We went to the info center first to see what shops to visit and the nicest elderly... read more

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We swung by here on a Thursday afternoon while passing through Columbus when we were traveling. We went to the info center first to see what shops to visit and the nicest elderly lady was SO helpful and SO nice. You could tell she really loved her job. This place has a lot of really cool shops to get gifts... More 

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Thank Shelbstravels
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great time and lots to see. Parking in the other hand is a nightmare. People crossing every where but worth the effort

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Thank Eileen B
Bluffton OH
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came strictly for the book loft of German Village, but this place was an awesome historical and cultural marvel as well. If one does their research this would become as important a marker as High street or the malls.

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Thank sophiejensen72
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were not impressed at all. Frankenmuth MI has more buildings and foods which makes you feel that you are NOT IN America. Did checked out some shops, the dollar amount just an indication: Brown Bag Deli - spent $37 - tasty but pricey Pistacia Vera - spent $45 - very reasonable coffee went with good pastries Book Loft -... More 

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Thank christine h
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our group were welcomed into one of the homes. We were given a tour and we enjoyed our hostess, who explained many details about the house, e.g. its age, when it was decorated, etc.

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Thank Gloria K
midwest
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Charming, walkable, and safe. I walked this neighborhood several times, including after dark, and it was safe and friendly.

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Thank MilesDrentrell
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So much to see. There were plenty of places to stop and get a drink or a snack/meal. The architecture was really something to behold. I chose a sunny day to drive around the area.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We met for lunch and shopped afterwards. Very pleasant and unique items for sale - and that's a difficult thing to find anymore

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Irvine, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the cobblestone streets, the shops, and all of the restaurants that seem to fit right into the old world ambiance while serving cool, hip food.

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Thank Susan R
Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Can't say enough about German Village!!! Love everything about it. Jump in...you will not be disappointed.

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