With its cobblestone roads, gawk-worthy homes, and beautiful landscaping, German Village is truly one of the most quaint neighborhoods in downtown Columbus. Here are some of the top attractions for you to check out:
1. Schiller Park: This perfect park, located smack dab in the middle of German Village, has a great pond with a bridge where it's common to see people feeding ducks, playing with motorized boats, or having a romantic walk (or just a nice chat with a friend). There's also unique landscaping and lots of statues peppered throughout the park, including a huge one of Mr. Schiller himself. In summer months, an amphitheatre comes alive with theater productions. It's free and kid-friendly!!
2. Schmidt's Sausage Haus Und Restaurant: When visiting German Village, you must eat at Schmidt's Sausage Haus where the food is authentically German, the waitstaff dons German garb, and the restaurant itself is on the national registry of historic places! Schmidt's is known for its Bahama Mama sausage, which I suggest you enjoy as part of the Autobahn Buffet. They are also known for their FAMOUS cream puffs. SAVE ROOM FOR THE CREAM PUFFS!
3. The Book Loft: If you're a bookworm, history nerd, or fan of all that is charming and whimsical, dive right into German Village's Book Loft! The Book Loft is famous for having 32 "rooms" full of books of all kinds. It's not your run-of-the mill cookie-cutter Barnes & Noble, that's for sure. It is Half Price Books meets the Minotaur's Labyrinth. A must!
4. Club 185: This is more a laid back bar than a stuck up "club" (and certainly not a dance club of any sort). The interior is exposed brick and there is also a PHOTO BOOTH (like the ones at the mall you took pics in with your friends when you were 13). Hop in the booth and get a strip of photos to remember your visit to Club 185!
5. Katzinger's Delicatessen:I first came to Katzinger's Delicatessen back in college and thought it was overpriced for my penny pinching student budget, but I then tasted the sammies and found out that they were totally worth it! There's a reason why the menu here costs a few extra bucks more: premium meats, cheeses, and absolutely delicious breads and toppings. It's more than encouraged to splurge at Katzinger's for one of their award winning and highly acclaimed sandwiches!
6. Gresso's Pub: I'm rather partial to Gresso's, as it has great happy hours and also hosts "Pups on the Patio" every Tuesday, where you're welcome to bring your dog as you sip some beer outside! The staff is fun and attentive, and it's an all around great watering hole!
7. Thurman Cafe:This burger joint has garnered a great deal of fame, as it has appeared multiple times on national television, most notably on the Travel Channel's hit show "Man Vs. Food." On the show, the host takes on the challenge to attempt to eat the massively ginormous burger "The Thurmanator." It's qui te an impressive sandwich and the burgers are indeed delicious here, but be warned that because of its appearance on TV, there is often a wait involved.
8. Hey Hey Bar: If anything, I just like the name of this place! Went in here for that reason alone and was pleasantly surprised to find cheap drinks and an interesting interior!
9. The Red Stable: If you're into jewelry and antiques, then this is a great gift shop in the neighborhood. I'm fond of its architecture, and my mom is fond of its contents! Nice place to peruse while waiting for your table at Schmidt's!
10. Pistacia Vera: A staple of not only German Village, but of all of Columbus, Pistacia Vera is highly praised for its array of yummy desserts, particularly its macaroons of every color of the rainbow. Even if you already stuffed yourself, stop in and get some sweet creations to take home!