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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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Lovely Neighbourhood

Really enjoyed wandering through this Neighbourhood. Arrived at dusk and felt very safe checking out the streets and unique architecture in the early evening hours. Was a bit... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed wandering through this Neighbourhood. Arrived at dusk and felt very safe checking out the streets and unique architecture in the early evening hours. Was a bit challenging to find parking - taking city transit might have been a better option. Loved the Book Loft and the local cafes and stores. Somehow managed to miss Schiller Park - wish... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to eat and should not be missed if you like brats or other traditional German foods. Reservations not taken, so get their early to ensure a table.

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Thank nyrxman
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is such a cute area. I love the homes, the brick streets, and the shops and restaurants. Harvest pizza and katzingers deli are two of my favorites :) also love the park here too...Goodale :)

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Thank kmrose26
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

German Village is a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of grocery stores, restaurants, hair salons, bakeries, fitness center, park(s), schools, a church, and many other amenities. Too many to mention! Historic and the community supports and cares about the area.

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Thank Itzme1129
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The architecture of the homes, and brick Street takes one back 100 years, or so. Authentic German restaurant, and grand yards abound.

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Louisville, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place, once a huge attraction, is now a crime haven. Heard the restaurants are excellent. Not a lot of shopping. Policed heavily but the lowlifes extract most of the fun. No offense to the owners.

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Ashville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There's a lot of hidden gems around. Primarily people come here for Schmits and thurmans. My personal favorite is the Mohawk restaurant. Very fun area but parking is a pain.

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This little area is very nice. They have a candy shop and a gift shop that is there in conjunction with Schmidt's restaurant. When you put them all together it's a neat little German village. I enjoy the area and the people. Great stop great fun.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

German Village has some of the best places to eat in Columbus! Thurman Café is the most obvious, famous for Man vs. Food. It also has some neat little shops, coffee, so you may want to drive around or if you want a good little hike just walk.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By far my most favorite area of Columbus! The brick streets are part of what make this area so rustic and welcoming! Many great restaurants to choose from, such as Lindey's, Thurman Cafe, Schmidt's, etc. The Victorian houses that line Schiller park are just gorgeous. Great area! Especially for young couples.

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