German Village Society Group Tours

German Village, the internationally recognized historic district just blocks from downtown Columbus, Ohio, has much to offer your group. The 233-acre district provides a glimpse of how a working-class neighborhood developed and grew in the early 19th century and how the passion of a small group of urban pioneers drove 20th century rehabilitation efforts.

The guided group tours conducted by the German Village Society provide the most comprehensive overview of the history and renewal of German Village. Volunteer tour guides trained to interpret both historic and modern aspects of German Village – the influential people, the architectural elements, and the personal stories of the community will lead your group through the charming brick streets and alleyways of the Village. German Village is one of the most storied urban neighborhoods in the US, characterized by its brick streets and houses collectively listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We can’t wait to welcome your group tour to show how a working-class neighborhood developed and grew in the early 19th century and how the passion of a small group of urban pioneers drove 20th century conservation efforts.

PLEASE PRE-BOOK YOUR GUIDED TOUR OF GERMAN VILLAGE!

All tours begin at the German Village Meeting Haus at 588 S. Third St. with an award-winning video, which offers an excellent historical overview of German Village. Each member of your group will receive a Visitor Map/Guide of the area that highlights area attractions, shops and restaurants. Please read our guided tour offerings below. Your tour options include (senior prices are for those 60 and over):

STANDARD TOUR

On our one-hour tour, your guide will take you through the brick streets lined with quaint homes, gardens, shops, galleries, and restaurants. Thetour is available as a walking tour or with a step-on tour guide for coaches/buses.

  • Adults $15
  • Seniors $12
  • Students $10
  • Step-on guide 45-52 people: $250

EXPLORE BEYOND THE DOOR

Explore Beyond the Door takes you inside a private German Village home. This tour – our most popular tour – lets you see the innovative renovation and design efforts of today’s residents. All amenities of the Standard Tour are included. Please allow two hours for this tour.

  • All $25

SCAVENGER HUNT

This is a unique and fun 90-minute teaching tool for students or adults! Watch a historical overview video of German Village, get a brief history lesson/demonstration, and then explore German Village on one of six different architectural scavenger hunts.

  • Adults $15
  • Seniors $12
  • Students $10

INNOVATORS OF GERMAN VILLAGE- WALKING TOUR

Take a walk through history as you learn about 1960s German Village! Learn about the neighborhood’s LGBTQ history and the men who led the restoration of Columbus’ first historic district. From Hurryville to Fred & Howard, this tour spans decades or restoration.

  • Adults $15
  • Seniors $12
  • Students $10

SCHILLER PARK HISTORY TOUR

Schiller Park was created by the City of Columbus in 1867. Over the years, these 22 acres have hosted a zoo, state fairs, baseball and a royal wedding! Learn more about all the things that make Schiller Park special during this one-hour walking tour. Your price includes our 150th anniversary coffee table book.

  • All Patrons w/ book – $50

59TH ANNUAL HAUS UND GARTEN TOUR - JUNE 24

Every last Sunday of June, German Village opens its doors and garden gates for the Haus und Garten Tour. The 59th edition will welcome 4,000 visitors who flood the Village for the day-long celebration of renowned designs, enchanting gardens and award-winning restorations.

  • All Patrons $30

READY TO BOOK YOUR TOUR?

Beautiful German Village awaits! You MUST PREBOOK. Click below to book now.

 

On-Demand Group & Bus Tours

You must reserve your on-demand tour 3 weeks in advance of your desired tour time. We are currently only offering tours April-October, and we only offer on-demand group tours Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

We will be happy to book on-demand tours for groups sized 1-52, but the minimum charge for any tour is $60. Step-on coach tours pay a flat rate of $250.

When you have selected which tour option you would like from the descriptions above, request your date and time by clicking the on-demand button above. We will contact you within 48 hours to confirm your reservation. Please note: all on-demand group tours require 50% deposit to hold your tour date. Balance due is payable 48 hours in advance of your tour date.

Your tour guides are volunteers – but tipping is appreciated!

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