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“Great area”
Review of German Village

German Village
Ranked #13 of 166 things to do in Columbus
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 26 November 2005

This is a great area, very easy off 1-70 for a break. The area is getting more and more upscale, lots of luxury cars and clearly monied residents. Recommend the Mowhawk Tavern and Schmidt's!

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Reviewed 18 August 2005

German Village was a nice change to other mini-vacations that we have planned in the past. We stayed at Clarmont's Best Western and got the AAA discount. The hotel was very nice and clean and was very convienently located in German Village. I would definitely recommend that hotel (I wrote a review on that as well) The one thing I will give the people in German village is ..that EVERYONE was extremely friendly that right there was a nice change to ANYPLACE we have visited...Some of the shops that we went into even offered us FREE bottled water which was very nice. I will say I was a bit disappointed in the shops though....I was expecting a bit more. Right behind our hotel was the book loft which was really interesting (not good if you are claustrophobic though) they have 32 rooms filled with books..that was a site :) Also Caterina's was a nice shop..very well displayed and we bought some nice imported natural soaps from France there. I was really looking for some really nice German Deli's and bakeries ( as I am German) and what I found was kind of trashy looking and not much in the way of variety. So I was disappointed in them. They have a German Restaurant called Schmidts which is right beside the Schmidts fudge shoppe..both of those shops were clean but the food we ordered at Schmidts restaurtant was not very good ALTHOUGH the desserts were DEVINE!!!! I would next time hold out for their all you can eat Buffet where you get a variety of things to choose from. If you get a chance you can also have the Schmidts fudge shoppe make you some homemade cookies..they were amazing. I will tell you the best German food that I tasted there was at Mannechor's which is down the street from the hotel on High St ..It was FABULOUS and the desserts were really good (German chocolate cake) Check the hotel lobby for $10 coupon off of 2 dinner entrees there to make it more affordable. There was also a VERY busy Chinese restaurant (happy dragon) <--I think that's what it's called Anyways the food there was good and made fresh there right in front of you. The ORIGINAL Max and Erma's is also in German Village. Bottom line is you dont' want to go there FOR the shops....it's a nice quick inexpensive get away..where it's nice to walk into a quaint village with cobble stone streets and sidewalks with really cute houses and gardens and go to the occasional store and eat lots of good food and relax by the pool. We would MOST definitely go there again.

27  Thank T2Nurse
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Reviewed 23 February 2005

All the little stores, all the resteraunts in German Village, unbelievable.
The Mohawk, Max and ermas and of course roosters are all great places to eat. the best food. Just driving down the streets is a trip, like i said in the title i cant stay away from there, its such a great community with such nice people.

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Reviewed 12 March 2002

I liked Columbus almost immediately upon visiting. Not too big or small, plenty to see and do. I would recommend most highly though this particular destination downtown:
German Village borders downtown Columbus to the south, and it's unlike any other place I've ever been in the United States. It feels like you've stepped into a different time and place.
The first thing I noticed was the brick. Brick streets. Brick sidewalks. About sixty percent of the houses are brick.
The streets are much narrower than the rest of the city, so it feels a little quainter, a little quieter. The houses are kept up nicely, which apparently is relatively new, as the entire area was dilapidated and near being demolished by the city. Right in the middle is Schiller Park, a beautiful setting surrounded by elegant, statuesque German Village houses.
Third Street is a main street featuring dining, coffee shops, antique stores and the amazing Book Loft.
And as I've found out, no visit to German Village would be complete without a stop-off at Juergens' Bakery and Restaurant on Fourth Street. Rosemarie will take great care of you and make sure you walk out satisfied. Great German pastries and excellent German foods.
By the way, I'm not German, but I believe everyone from every background can truly enjoy German Village.

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