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Review of German Village

German Village
Ranked #12 of 119 things to do in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
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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 3 May 2018

Checked out this place knowing that there was not much to see. The roads are mostly brick as are the sidewalks. Very beautiful old homes with great designs. Sat in at visitors centre and watched a video on the history of the village. It was interesting. The town is very spread out which requires a lot of walking. I just wanted German pastries and a beer on the patio. It was a beautiful warm day. No pastry found most places close up early. Finally found a patio and had a beer. Nice gift stores around but very expensive especially for a Canadian.

1  Thank Karen W
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"great neighborhood"
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"walk around"
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Awesome place!! You certainly don’t have to be German to enjoy this quaint and beautiful village! It is something straight out of a travel magazine !
Put it in your agenda-you won’t regret it!
Wish we could have spent more time there! Loved it!

1  Thank Debbie R
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Visit the book loft in the German village. 32 rooms of books to explore. Something for everyone! Thurman cafe was a fun spot with good food. Unique experience with a German vibe.

Thank chocenergy
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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

I was expecting a quaint village, but it was a few shops and restaurants in a nice neighborhood with cobblestone streets. Disappointed.

Thank Colleen D
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

My son, husband and I visited this area earlier this month. It was interesting to walk around and observe the area. I guess I expected a little more of it.

Thank julieindisguise
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