- Type: Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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This village earned its name from the German immigrants who settled here in the early 19th century. And although much of the neighborhood has retained its Germanic roots, it's also embraced other nationalities. For delectable sausage, schnitzel and cream puffs, Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus is the place to go. There's also an annual Haus und Garten Tour and German Village Oktoberfest. But there's also Barcelona, a restaurant with a distinct Spanish vibe from its tapas to its open-air patio. And don't worry: You can walk it all off in nearby Schiller Park, named for German poet Friedrich Schiller. The European aesthetic of the neighborhood, as well as its local shops and restaurants (The Book Loft and the Golden Hobby Shop, for instance) make it one of the most charming places in Columbus.
Still, some say that other than eating and walking around, there's not much else to do here. And one TripAdvisor user offers some helpful advice: "Avoid walking around at night. The area is surrounded by bad neighborhoods and I know a couple of people who've been mugged." This 233-acre neighborhood is located south of the downtown area (and south of both routes 70 and 71). For more information on German Village, you can visit its website.