About German Village
|First settled in the early 1800’s by German immigrant carpenters, masons and brewers, German Village today is a vibrant 220-acre restored neighborhood with brick streets, refurbished homes and stunning gardens. Eager to preserve its original European architecture, residents began rescuing the district in the 1960’s. The work is ongoing. Stroll its brick-lined streets and admire the charming homes and gardens. In keeping with the old-world atmosphere of German Village, Caterina Ltd. offers a wide array of European functional works of art crafted by artisans using time-honored methods and materials.|
|We invite you to visit our neighborhood. Our entire neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places. You will find it to be authentic, romantic and charming.|
VISITOR’S CENTER - Just across the street from Caterina Ltd. at 588 South Third Street is the German Village Meeting Haus, home to the German Village Society. Its Visitor’s Center offers historical information, walking tours, guided tours, information on Village events and a great 10-minute video on the history of German Village and its prominent features.
THEATRE IN THE PARK - Enjoy free live outdoor theatre on any Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day in the outdoor Schiller amphitheater, thanks to Actors Theatre. Grab a picnic supper at one of our local eateries and make it an evening!
SHOP in some of our neighboring unique stores:
The BOOK LOFT – Hunt for bargain-priced books in its legendary 32 rooms, located just two blocks south of us at 631 South Third Street.
FRANKLIN ART GLASS STUDIOS – 222 East Sycamore Street. (614.221.2972).
GOLDEN HOBBY SHOP – Senior crafts at bargain prices at 630 South Third Street (614.645.8329).
HAUSFRAU HAVEN -- wine by the bottle at 769 South Third Street (614.443.3680).
Red Stable – Handmade jewelry at 223 East Kossuth Street.
VERNACULAR – home decor, apparel, gifts at 177 East Beck Street (614.228.2316).
DINE in some of our famous restaurants:
For real German baked goods, try Juergen’s German Traditional Bakery, 525 South Fourth Street (614.224.6858).
For German cuisine, try Valter’s at the Maennerchor, 976 South High Street (614.444.3531)
Venture to Harvest Pizzeria for locally sourced stone-fired pizza and salads, 495 South Fourth Street (614.824.1769) or its urban edgy sister bistro for upscale food in a casual atmosphere, The Sycamore at 262 E Sycamore Street (614.754.1460).
Indulge your sweet tooth at French-style pastry shop Pistacia Vera, a block north of us at 541 South Third Street, Schmidt’s Fudge Haus & Gifts, 220 East Kossuth Street (614.444.2222) or Winan's Chocolate & Coffees, at 897 South Third Street (614.445.6464).
Spend The Night
For modern accommodations in our historic neighborhood, check out the amazing German Village Guesthouse, 748 Jaeger Street (866.587.2738).
- Bring your walking shoes for this is one of America’s original walkable communities.
- Enjoy Schiller Park with its Huntington Gardens perennial display and its statue of German poet Johann Christian Friedrich Schiller (a gift from early German residents).
- Visit St. Mary Church, built in 1865, and view its restored trompe l’oeil ceiling of German prayers.
- Enjoy getting lost in any number of brick-lined streets and alleys and discovering the beautiful gardens and restorations tucked away here.