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"German Village" Columbus Things to Do Tip by ColumbusGuy

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Beginning in the 1830's, a large number of German immigrants, fleeing starvation, persecution and war, arrived in the Columbus and settled in undevolped land about a mile south of the new Ohio statehouse.<p>

They brought with them a a sturdy and elegant style of home construction whose main elements include brick, stone, lintels, and simple oranmentation that has great appeal today.<p>

During the Depression, German Village fell on hard times and by the 1950's, a time when the post-war exodus to the suburbs was in full swing, it was in serious neglect.<p>

Pioneering urbanites, some simply looking for a bargain, gradually rediscovered the neighborhood in the 1960's and began the long process of converting the run down old cottages and mansions into modern homes and businesses. <p>

Thanks to these efforts, German Village is now one of the most appealing places to live and visit in Columbus area- and one of the most expensive places to buy a house. The brick streets and sidewalks, high density curbside construction, and the surprizing number of trees give the village a cozy and intimate feel.<p>

On the west side of German Village, along High and Front streets, is the old brewry district where one can catch a band and try out the local varieties of beer right next to the vats where next week's brew is fermenting.<p>

Dotted throughout the city itself are a number of good restaurants. These include the first Max and Erma's restaurant- begun in the early 1970s by village resident Barry Zacks- whose oddball sense of decor and whimsical humor set the standard for future M&E's, when the restaurant became a chain. Lindey's is the haunt of the cell phone and Lexus set. Barcelona is simply a great restaurant. Schmidt's offers old style German food- sausage and saurkraut. Thurman's and the Olde Mohawk are cheap, funky and open late. Cup O' Joe, is a good spot for coffee and desert. Katzinger's is the best deli in town.

Directions: German village encompases about a square mile area south of Livingston and east of Front Street just south I-70.<p>

Tours of German Village leave from the German Village Meeting Haus at 588 South Thi

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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