German Village Tours
Trace the footsteps of proud German immigrants who built this neighborhood 175 years ago. Admire more than a thousand brick homes and commercial buildings that have been lovingly restored over the past 60 years. Residents Gail Stoy and John Clark will share with you the highlights of this nationally celebrated urban historic district.
We lead you the way.
Enjoy a 60 – 90 minute stroll through the village.
You choose the day and time!
Can’t walk far?
Ask about our limited mobility tour!
$15/person with a $90 minimum.
Available year round.
We bring the history to you.
German Village Stories:
Learn the amazing history and colorful tales of this fully restored immigrant neighborhood.
Ohio’s capital city comes alive through historic images and film.
Fascinating stories about unusual people and places in Ohio’s Capital City.
We can personalize any walking tour or coach tour with a German lunch or dinner, private home tour, stained glass factory tour and more!
Meet Your Guides
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 storms 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 TOUR? . . .
There will be frequent stops, whether you’re walking or on a bus, to take in a particular sight or hear a story.