Where I work, we get to take our birthday off as a personal day. I decided to spend mine in German Village. It was founded back in the early 1800s and was added to the National Register of Historic Places back in 1974. I had been wanting to spend the day there and learn more about it. So I went straight to the German Village Meeting Haus to pick up a copy of the walking tour guide. I also stuck around to watch a video about the history of the area. It’s really good.
From there I started through the walking tour. They have three different paths through the village. I took all three over the course of the day. The place just oozes history and community. I didn’t feel like I was just south of downtown Columbus.
I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch, but he ended up oversleeping, so I had lunch by myself. It was at Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus. You may have heard of them if you watch Man v. Food. I had the wonderful Autobahn lunch buffet. All you can eat sausages, bratwurst, saurkraut, and other wonderful, German sides. How can I pass that up? Oh, have I mentioned that half of my ancestors are German? 🙂
The third tour route ends up at Schiller Park. It’s a beautiful park that’s surrounded by some of the older homes of the village. These homes, however, were built by the rich of the community. In the park are some amazing gardens, beautiful statues, and an outdoor stage where they have Shakespeare in the summer, for free.
It was a wonderful day. I’m thinking of doing it again sometime. I took a ton of pictures, which are over here. I’ll be adding info to the pictures as I remember it. There were so many beautiful places and sights. It was so much fun!