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Originally built by German settlers in the mid-1800s, the lovingly restored brick houses, shops, streets and sidewalks are full of historic charm and modern swank.

A neighborhood of 1,200 residences situated just south of Downtown Columbus, this community is steeped in 150-plus years of history. Many charming and beautifully renovated homes sit close to restaurants, cafes, boutiques, deli’s, the famed Book Loft, the Haus frau Haven, and the original Schmidt’s Sausage Haus.  Large Victorian houses flank Schiller Park and its community and recreation center, pond, and the beautiful Huntington Gardens, which hosts the Actor’s Theatre every summer.

German Village is surrounded by the other historic neighborhoods of Merion Village, Schumacher Place, and the Brewery District. The nearby bike path leads to downtown Audubon Center, Bicentennial Park (where many festivals occur all summer long), and continues 25 miles north to Antrim Park in Worthington.

Located just south of downtown Columbus, German Village is one of the most atmospheric neighborhoods in the Midwest. Originally built by German settlers in the mid-1800s, the lovingly restored brick houses, shops, streets and sidewalks are full of historic charm and modern swank. Once you get there with a short walk or drive from downtown, the CBUS circulator or CoGo Bike Share, you’ll want to explore the neighborhood on foot. 

 If architecture is high on your list, pick up a map at the German Village Meeting Haus and stroll Beck, Mohawk and Deshler streets to see some stunning homes. Tiny Frank Fetch Park provides a great spot to stop and sip a coffee from Winans or Stauf’s

Other things to do include the following:
Shakespeare in the Park: an amphitheater that hosts performances on summer weekends in Schiller Park which also offers trails, picnic areas, sports fields and a fishing pond 

· Scioto Audubon Center is a 120-acre respite for birds and people alike, with a stellar view of Columbus’ skyline. A nature center, complete with native fauna, natural ponds and the largest free outdoor climbing wall in the U.S. make this a great spot to stretch your legs. Hear the stories behind every door on a walking tour. 

· German Village Tours is the only tour company based in German Village, and the only one owned and operated by residents of this charming, historic community. A standard tour is 60-to-90-minutes or they can create an adventure just for you 

· Shopping at the 32-room Book Loft which has been a favorite location to wander for generations andHelen Winnemore’s which carries modern American crafts and Vernacular mixes breezy women’s wear with home goods.

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