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Welcome to German Village Tours

Just south of downtown Columbus, come explore historic German Village with German Village Tours! During a guided walking or coach tour, enjoy the fascinating stories of the German immigrants who built this charming community, over 175 years ago. German Village residents John Clark and Gail Stoy will take you back in time as you travel our brick streets and sidewalks, admire our immaculate private gardens and public parks, and discover the little-known history of this cherished Columbus neighborhood. Choose a guided walking or coach tour and contact us, using the form below, or just give us a call at 614-642-TOUR (8687). We will get back to you as soon as possible, usually within a few hours.

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John leading a walking tour in German Village

Walking Tours

German Village Tours Walking Tours are 90-minutes in length and cover about one mile, which we take at a leisurely pace with frequent stops.  You will see many of the 1,500+ historic homes and commercial buildings that make up this 233-acre historic district, and hear fascinating stories of the men and women who built it, well over a century ago.

Tours leave from (and return to) the sidewalk in front of The Book Loft, 631 South Third Street, unless otherwise noted.  Please arrive 10 minutes ahead of your scheduled departure time.

Adults: $15   Students & Seniors (65+): $12

Public Tours

Every Saturday at 1 pm

Private Tours

Choose your own day and time! Minimum of 8 guests or $95

Coach Tours

By reservation only.

Prices vary, depending on season and size of group.
For more information, call 614-642-TOUR (8687) or use the contact/reservation form below.

German Village Tours provide experienced, step-on guides for your motorcoaches. Our 90-minute tours carry you along the historic streets of this 233-acre neighborhood, stopping often to point out homes and features of particular interest.  We also make a 20-minute stop at the 151-year-old Schiller Park, allowing those who would like to leave the bus to admire the beautiful Huntington Garden, Friedrich Schiller Monument and Umbrella Girl Fountain.

Participants of a German Village Tours Coach Tour
Umbrella Girl Fountain found in German Village's Schiller Park

Special Tours

In addition, German Village Tours will offer a variety of limited-time, limited-accommodation tours throughout the year.  Join a master gardener and enjoy the neighborhood in full bloom. Huddle closely as we learn about the ghosts that haunt these 150-year-old homes. Celebrate the season as we stroll the streets in early December, on German Village’s most magical night, Village Lights. And there will be many more.

Custom Tours

Getting married? Having a family reunion? Why not include a tour of historic German Village as part of your celebration activities? Both walking and coach tours are available, and we can customize any tour to fit your group size and interests. Let us work out the details for you.

Call us at 614-642-TOUR (8687) or use the contact form below.

Bride and Groom having their picture taken in German Village in front of Lindey's
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Contact / Reservations Form

Questions & Answers

Are restrooms available?

It’s best to use a restroom in a coffee shop or restaurant before we start. Depending on the hour and the season, you may also find available restrooms at the German Village Society, 588 South Third St., and at the Schiller Park Community Center, at the corner of Jaeger and East Deshler St.

Do you accept tips?

Tips are not expected, but they are appreciated.

What is your cancellation policy?

Tickets are non-refundable. If we deem it necessary to cancel a tour, you may choose a refund, a credit voucher for a future tour or a gift certificate.

What should I wear?

Dress comfortably for the weather. The most important thing to remember is sturdy walking shoes. Our old neighborhood has plenty of brick streets and uneven sidewalks. You may wish to bring bottled water and sunscreen.

Where do I park?

There is a small public parking lot behind the Golden Hobby Shop, 630 South Third St., on the northeast corner of South Third and Sycamore (next to Starbucks). Also, you may park in the driveway of the German Village Society offices, at 588 South Third. Otherwise, your best option is to park on the street. Pay close attention to signs, as some areas enforce two-hour parking limitations.

Will my tour be canceled in the case of bad weather?

German Village can be enjoyed in all kinds of weather, but we may choose to cancel in the event of storm or ice. These decisions are often made at the last minute, so please keep your phones handy. We will contact you.

Will there be time to shop or get a snack?

Not on a standard walking or bus tour.  But we would be happy to design a tour for you that incorporates time to shop, dine, pick up a light snack or have a German beer. Just email or call us for more information.

Will we be walking or riding for the entire 90 minutes?

There will be frequent stops, whether you’re walking or on a bus, to take in a particular sight or hear a story.

Want to know more?

Call or Write.
Gail or John will get back to you soon!

614-642-TOUR (8687) or 

About Us

German Village Tours is owned and operated by John Clark and Gail Stoy, two German Village residents who are passionate about their neighborhood. John and his wife Jan have made the Village their home for the past 26 years. He has written a history book, German Village Stories Behind the Bricks, which details many fascinating tales about this special place. Gail and her husband, Frank, are also active in German
Village and devoted to its preservation. Gail is an educator, and has spent her career teaching children and adults. Both Gail and John have led numerous walking and coach tours for the non-profit German Village Society, and remain committed to its educational mission.

German Village Tours owners and operators John Clark and Gail Stoy

A portion of every ticket sale benefits the non-profit German Village Society.