Things To See And Do In German Village, Ohio

From outdoor activities to unique art adventures, Columbus, Ohio, has something for everyone
From outdoor activities to unique art adventures, Columbus, Ohio, has something for everyone | © Malcolm Wood / Alamy Stock Photo
Anna T. Wilson

There is a variety of ways in which to experience the culture, food, and fun that German Village, a historic neighborhood situated in Columbus, has to offer. We recommend these these things to do in the Ohio town.
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Schmidt’s Fudge Haus

Choco fudge

At Schmidt’s Fudge Haus, guests can watch fudge being made in this shop of delightful chocolates and sweets. Handcrafted with smooth, rich Belgian chocolate, Schmidt’s chocolates and fudge are of an exceptionally high quality. The venue has even been featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food. Sugar-free sweets are also available to satisfy even the healthiest of tastes, so stop by and treat yourself to the sweet delights of Germany here.

Schiller Park

The Umbrella Girl fountain and its history are highlights of Schiller Park’s charm. Jaeger Street, City Park, Reinhard, and Desire Avenues surround Schillar Park and serve as boundaries. It was once much more than a park. During the 1800s, the area functioned as the village center for neighborhood events. Since then, its name has changed twice and the Umbrella Girl was erected to add even more beauty and elegance to the park. To understand and feel the emotions of the sculpture, visit Schiller Park.

Keny Galleries

Enter a place made by artists for artists that put the needs of their clients first. At Keny Galleries, visitors can experience American, contemporary, and historic art in a gallery that is nationally known for building great collections of American art. The featured artworks and magnificent collections are purchased by both private and museum clients. These come from all over the United States, such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

The Book Loft


As one of the nation’s largest independent bookstores, The Book Loft is a haven for bookworms. Walls upon walls are filled with reading materials spanning across all kinds of genres, levels of intellect, and length to meet every avid reader’s requirements. Intriguingly enough, these buildings that house the books are from the pre-civil war era. They used to be general stores, a saloon, and a nickelodeon cinema but now they house 32 rooms filled to their capacities with bargain books that are eagerly awaiting to be purchased.

Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees

Five generations of a German family’s traditional chocolates continue at Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees, This is in addition to customer favorites like caramels, creams, truffles, and brittles. There is a full espresso bar including smooth pour-over coffee that caters to coffee drinkers’ needs from early in the morning until the evening. Kids are free to join in on enjoying tasty non-caffeinated beverages as well with acai drinks, the best hot chocolate in town, and fruit drinks that the audience of kids generally love.

Actor’s Theater of Columbus

The Actor’s Theater of Columbus is a classical theater that is truly a sight to see. Plays are staged at Schiller Park when the weather permits it, from Memorial Day weekend through to Labor Day weekend. It is an innovative way to expose audiences to the works of Shakespeare and to show appreciation for the artistry of that time. Its very first production in 1982 was of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and its success drove Gary and Patricia Ellson to use Schiller Park as a venue for Shakespearean theater.

Grace Highfield Memorial Gardens

The Grace Highfields Memorial Gardens was landscaped in 1996 and is island-shaped with 77 kinds of hostas and the spring flower bulbs. The line of boxwood, which can be found right in the middle of the garden, serves as a guide or framework for the aforementioned plants. Grace Highfield was a wonderful woman who was very involved and important to the development of the district. This is why the Grace Highfield Memorial Gardens garden pays tribute to her and immortalizes her wisdom, love, and friendship.

Scioto River

From outdoor activities to unique art adventures, Columbus, Ohio, has something for everyone

The Scioto River is more than 231 miles long and flows through central and southern Ohio. It is highly visible and very close to Columbus – closer still to Schiller Park in German Village. There are many places along the river to admire the beauty of the surrounding nature, the relaxing sounds of the waters of the river crashing against the rocks, the humming birds, and the warm sun against your skin. It is the ideal place to relax, read a book, or even practice casting a fishing rod. As the seasons change, the appeal of Scioto River does not.

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