“With its historic brick streets, beautiful architecture and fine restaurants, German Village has always been one of [Columbus’] great neighborhoods.” - Mayor, Michael B. Coleman
Just south of downtown Columbus, is a charismatic village originally settled by German immigrants in the 1800’s. By 1830, the village had expanded to meet the demands of nearly one third of Columbus’ population. But due to prohibition and two World Wars, the once booming south end became a ghost town by the mid-1900’s. It wasn’t until the creation of the German Village Society in 1960, that the village became a story of preservation and rehabilitation.
Today, the area is known for its extensive use of brick for buildings, streets, sidewalks, and alleyways. And coupled with the unique limestone stoops, wrought-iron fences and window boxes, every street offers a new perspective for the passerby.
To top off their revitalization success story, German Village is home to some of Central Ohio’s most celebrated restaurants and one of the largest independent bookstores in the country. In my local opinion you do not want to miss Pistacia Vera, Lindy’s, The Old Mohawk, and Schmidt’s Sausage Haus (send us a note over on the Contact page if you’re looking for specific dish suggestions!). And if you’re a book lover/collector of things with character/advocate for the never-ending bookstore, the Book Loft is for you. With 32 rooms full of books, its best that you carve out some time to immerse yourself in this lovely little place.
For more information on one of Columbus' best neighborhoods, check out their Society website.