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. All tours begin at the German Village Meeting Haus, 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, highlighting area attractions, shops and restaurants.  To schedule a tour, call or email the German Village Society (614-221-8888 or; we encourage you to call two-weeks in advance of your desired tour time.  We are currently only offering tours March-October.      

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.

Your tour options include:

Standard Tour

On our one-hour tour, you will be guided through the brick streets lined with quaint homes, gardens, shops, galleries, and restaurants. This tour is available as a walking tour or as a step-on guide tour.

  • Adults $10
  • Seniors $7
  • Students $5

Explore Beyond the Door

Explore Beyond the Door invites you to explore two private German Village homes. As our most popular tour, this is a wonderful way to see the innovative renovation and design efforts of today’s residents. All the amenities of the Standard Tour are included. Please allow at least two hours for this tour.

  • All $18

Scavenger Hunt

This is a unique and fun 90-minute teaching tool for students or adults! Your group will be shown a historical overview video of German Village, given a brief history lesson/demonstration, and then sent out to explore German Village on one of six different architectural scavenger hunts. We can customize the scavenger hunt to your groups interests.

  • Adults $10
  • Students $5


This one-hour tour will provide insight into 1960s German Village! Learn about the neighborhood's LGBTQ history and men who led the reostration of Columbus' first historic district.

  • Adults $10
  • Seniors $7
  • Students $5


Enjoy a ten-minute informational video about the history of German Village followed by a twenty-minute Q&A session with a German Village Society Staff member where you will learn additional information about the history of the neighborhood and be able to your ask questions about the area.

  • $30 for 35 or fewer
  • $50 for 50+ paying visitors


1-hour rental fee in addition to tour for lunch facilities (tables and chairs will be set up for your group).

  • Free for school groups
  • Additional $30 for 25 or fewer
  • $50 for groups larger than 25