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Address: 588 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215-5754
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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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Great place near Columbus downtown

German Village is hidden near Columbus Downtown. This is must place to see. Lots of good restaurants and Ice cream shops. Area is based on Red Brick construction.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

German Village is hidden near Columbus Downtown. This is must place to see. Lots of good restaurants and Ice cream shops. Area is based on Red Brick construction.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Didn't really explore area much but it seemed small. Went to Schmidt's for bratwurst buffet. It was good value.

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great area to visit. Full of character. Bust Winans for coffee and choc. Book Loft is amazing. Folks very friendly. Really nice way to spend an afternoon

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Toledo, Ohio
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great fun, good vibe.. very unique shops.. different than most German villages around different areas

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Tacoma, Washington
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You can't go to Columbus and not go to German Village. You will be missing a gem. Stroll down the old brick streets with skinny yet pristine houses. Enjoy German restaurants, a 32 room book shop, and Jeni's ice cream. In the summer, you can stroll through Schiller park and watch Shakespeare plays on the grass. It feels like traveling... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a nice place to go to walk around and relax. Everything there is so cute like the houses and shops. Its a nice thing to do on a day off.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Carefully preserved for decades, this part of town is always worth a visit for classic German fare and some fun shops, or more contemporary coffee houses. Brick streets should make driving very slow and do, sometimes. Go during the day to see and enjoy.

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Thank Julia O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The most fun in Columbus is to walk through all of the shops in German Village and enjoy a great meal. Our favorite is the book shop to spend hours browsing in!

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Thank Trisha S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The German village is very charming! There is a lot of history throughout the village. I felt like I was in Germany because of the housing and shops and original bricking of the walls. I am glad I got to visit the German Village- I would like to go back someday.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely time walking around German Village and getting lunch. The setting is perfect for strolling down the street whilst viewing the ornate architecture.

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