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):
On our approximately one-hour tour, your guide will take you through the brick streets lined with quaint homes, gardens, shops, galleries, and restaurants. You have the option to choose between a walking tour guide or a step-on bus tour guide.
- Adults $15
- Seniors $12
- Students $10
- Step-on guide 45-52 people: $250
GOLF CART TOUR
On our approximately one-hour tour, your guide will take you through the brick streets lined with quaint homes, gardens, shops, galleries, and restaurants – on a golf cart! You’ll get to see more of German Village than you would on our standard walking tour, all while zipping around town with your guide.
- Adults $20
The new experiential tour offers the perfect summer evening in German Village. The evening begins in Schiller Park as you embark on a guided walking tour, then we’ll stop by Schmidt’s Restaurant, a German Village tradition for over 100 years for a to go picnic dinner. We’ll return to Schiller Park to enjoy your dinner and an Actors Theatre performance while seated in their special VIP section. Come see why we think German Village is the best place to spend a summer’s evening.
- Adults $45
SELF-GUIDED SCAVENGER HUNT
This is a unique and fun 90-minute teaching tool that offers individuals, families, students, and other groups the opportunity to get out of the house and have fun while exploring Ohio’s oldest Historic District and learning about the art, architecture, parks, and gardens of German Village.
- $5 Per Person
- $20 For Families