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):

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

STANDARD 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. 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

 

GERMAN VILLAGE PRIDE TOUR - WALKING TOUR

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

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

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

 

EXPERIENTAL TOUR

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

 

AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST 

     

    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, and then explore the neighborhood. 

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

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    Beautiful German Village awaits! Click below to book now.

    Our tour season runs from April-October.