No trip to Columbus is complete without exploring German Village. Located just south of downtown, this charming 233-acre neighborhood was settled during the 1800s by German immigrants. For nearly a century German Village expanded until 33 percent of Columbus' population was German. Starting around World War I, the area began a gradual decline and by 1960, it was nothing more than a slum designated by the city to be demolished. Enterprising individuals swept in and fought to save the blighted area from extinction and in the process created the nation's largest historic district. Since being placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the district has seen a resurgence with home and shop owners restoring the beautiful Italianate homes to their original condition. German Village is a perfect destination for an afternoon stroll. Visit the many shops and restaurants, and explore the beautifully manicured lawns of Schiller Park. The area is also home to high-class nightlife. Visitors The German Village Society Visitor's Center is in the German Village Society Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. The visitor’s center is open weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sun. The Visitor Center has background information on the immigration years, the recent preservation years, architectural details to note when visiting and the enormous impact brewing had on the community. Pamphlets and handbills about Village businesses are available as well as books, novelties, cards and other souvenir items. Please be sure to include a stop in the Visitor's Center when you come to German Village. Restrooms are available.