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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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German Village Day Trip

Drove to C-bus from CLE last Sunday and decided to stop at German Village. So glad we stopped. This was our first visit to German Village and it was well worth the 2.5 t hour... read more

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Drove to C-bus from CLE last Sunday and decided to stop at German Village. So glad we stopped. This was our first visit to German Village and it was well worth the 2.5 t hour drive. We found it to be a quaint town and surprisingly not too crowded. Much to see and do for the entire family. Be sure... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An original (close to downtown) neighborhood settled by German immigrants in the late 1800's. At one time the area was badly in need of an overhaul. The property values were so low that they became interesting for many artistic and energetic "young professionals" who had a vision to turn the area around. And that they did! Now it has grown... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Offers a lot of diferrent places to eat and stores to visit. Very charming to just walk along the streets and see all the wonderful homes and specialty shops.

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Thank true1172
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fell short. Just houses nothing to do. Bakery's fell short low quality and neither even had streusel isn't that a german staple? Love the book store but other that that really not a tourist attraction.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at one of the lovely bakeries for coffee and then walked over to the information center for the German Village. Even though the office had closed 15 minutes earlier, the woman working inside saw us by the front door and kindly offered to play the 15 minute movie providing the history of the German Village. If you have... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Charming part of town. Several very good restaurants in the area. Only complaint parking can be tough.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In the city for just a few days and had a tone of fun . Went to the Book Loft it has 32 rooms filled with books. Some are super cheap and others are 5-20% off retail.

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Midway, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to explore in the city - lots of fun shops, restaurants, bakeries, etc. Don't miss the 32-room bookstore ... so much fun to explore!

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Disclaimer: The Fetching Mrs. Rat & I lived in German Village for twelve years before moving north. You will notice I reference German Village in a number of my restaurant reviews. GV is a great neighborhood. TFMR & I loved Schiller Park, the Brewery District, being close to downtown, etc. There is a great mix of folk in GV. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

date night with the wife had a great time eating and walking parking is a little hard to find we took a shuttle from the hotel made for a better trip

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