Just south of downtown lies German Village, a historic area in Columbus. Settled in the 19th century by a large number of German immigrants, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the mid 1970’s. At that time it had been the largest privately funded preservation district and in 1980 its boundaries had increased making it one of the world’s premier historic restorations.
Today, the area is primarily a residential neighborhood consisting of red-brick homes with iron fences that are located along tree-lined brick paved streets. Some retail shops, restaurants and bars exist along with the famous Brewery District. Although a smaller area, some traditions still remain including the annual Oktoberfest which still happens in the village every year.