Columbus is the capital of the US state of Ohio and its largest city. Located on the confluence of Scioto and Olentangy River, the city is home to one of the largest contiguous university complexes in the United States, as well as many large sports teams, as well as Ohio State University headquarters. Columbus currently ranks 15th among the largest cities in the United States.
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Columbus can be roughly divided into the districts of Downtown, University Area, Northwest Columbus, Northeast Columbus, and South Columbus, with neighborhoods in the districts remaining distinct.
The Columbus was established by an investor group and was granted city law in 1812. Many Germans settled in the city, so the proportion of Germans in the population of Columbus was at times one-third. The influence of German culture is still evident in Columbus, especially in the German Village and the Brewery District, south of the city center. In the past, the construction of carriages was one of the city's largest industries, giving Columbus the nickname Buggy Capital of the World.
- 1Experience Columbus Visitor Center Downtown (Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau), 277 West Nationwide Blvd., Suite 125, Columbus, OH 43 215. Tel: +16142216623. Opened: Mon-Fri 8:00-17:00 Sat 10:0016:00 So 12:00-17:00.
- 2Experience Columbus Visitor Center Easton the 188 Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH 43219. Opened: Mon-Sat 10:00-21:00 So 12:00-18:00.
- 3 Experience Columbus Visitor Center Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High St ,Columbus, OH 43215. Opened: Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00 Sat 10:00-16:00 So 12:00-17:00.
There are two major passenger airports in Columbus:
- 1 John Glenn Columbus International Airport (IATA: CMH), 4600 International Gateway Columbus, Ohio 43219. Tel: +16142394000.
- 2 Rickenbacker International Airport (IATA: LCK), 2295 John Cir Dr. Columbus, OH 43217. Tel: +16144911401.
- 3 Greyhound (Columbus Bus Station), 111 E Town St Columbus, OH 43215. Tel: +16142282266.
- 4 Greyhound (Ohio State University Student Union), 1739 N High St Columbus, OH 43210. Tel: +18883783823.
- 5 Greyhound (Columbus International Airport), 4600 International Gateway Columbus, OH 43219. Tel: +18002312222.
- 6 Greyhound (Dogwood Crossing Travel Center), 4400 Coonpath Rd, Lancaster, OH 43112 ). Tel: +18003783823.
On the street
You can get there by road in the north-south direction of the Interstate Highway I-71 and the US Route 23, as well as in the east-west direction the Interstate Highways I-70 & I-670.
The Central Ohio Transit Authority's bus lines cover most of the city and surrounding cities. Tickets cost $2.75 for an express bus and $2.00 for a local/crosstown bus. Change (in English: Transfers) between local/Crosstown buses are free, but transfers between bus types, e.g. from a local to an express route, are subject to a fee. You ask the bus driver for a change when you pay your ticket and get a transfer pass that you use when you get to the next bus. You can't take a transfer ticket to a bus that goes in the opposite direction (you can't get off a bus line and get on a bus that goes in the other direction by taking the transfer pass).
Most of the High St. (US Route 23) from Clintonville in the north to Merion Village in the south is pedestrian-friendly. In the past, the districts between campus and the Short North were rather bleak. But gentrification and the growing number of student flats, shops and restaurants have led to a pedestrian-friendly environment. Downtown Columbus is a 20-minute walk from most of the attractions. The Columbus Landmarks Foundation also treks.
Columbus is an autocentric city. Even in the city center a lot of use is made of the car. Parking is easy and cost-effective at almost all major destinations. There are many parking spaces and garages around the city. There are only a few parts of the city, such as the Short North, where you can find parking less easily. However, there are plenty of parking spaces for 5 dollars per vehicle. Change of direction (in English: u-turns) are prohibited throughout the city.
From Port Columbus (airport) via the I-670W it is a short drive ($20-50 by taxi) to downtown. Uber and Lyft are also available. Travel costs ranged between $20-50 at the bottom of the range.
Columbus is notorious for aggressive towing companies, especially in the city center, campus and Short North. Before you park anywhere, make sure there is no sign "Private Parking" or "Tow Away Zone" nearby.
CoGo Bike Share is a bike sharing program with stations in the city center. You can pick up a bicycle at any station and return it at any station. A $8 pass allows unlimited 30-minute journeys within 24 hours. A pass for 3 × 24 hours costs $18.
- 3 Ohio Statehouse Built before the American Civil War, it is still the seat of the State legislature of Ohio.
- 2 Franklin Park Conservatory , botanical garden with indoor and outdoor space. Some of the exhibitions are changing.
- 3 Goodale Park The Comfest takes place here every June. In the summer months jazz music is played here every Sunday.
- 4 COSI, 333 West Broad St. Tel.: +1-614-228-2674. General museum with exhibitions for young and old about everything from science to history. Opened: Daily 10:00-17:00.
- 5 Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad St. Tel.: +1-614-221-6801. Art Museum in the center of the city with a well-connected restaurant. Entry is free on Sundays. Opened: Di & Mi: 10:00:00-17:00, Do: 10:00-21:00, Fri-So: 10:00-17:00, Monday closed.
- 6 Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211. Tel: +1-614-297-2300. Historical exhibition on a vast area with a built-in historical village. Opened: Mi-So: 10:00-17:00, Mo & Di closed.
- 7 Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center, 260 North Fourth St. Tel.: +1-614-464-4099. In this former firefighter station you can now see old firefighters and take part in fire prevention courses. Opened: Di-Sa: 10:00-16:00, Monday closed.
- 8 Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 West Fifth Ave. Tel: +1-614-486-4402. Small craft museum. Opened: Mon-Fri: 10:00-17:00, Sa & So: 1:00-16:00 PM
- 9 Kelton House Museum & Garden, 586 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215-4802. Tel: +16144642022. Museum on the second half of the 19th century in Columbus Opened: Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00 Sa-Sun 13:00-16:00.
- 1American Whistle Corp. (factory tour), 6540 Huntley Rd, Columbus, OH 43229-1087 Tel: +16148462918, tel. toll free: +18008762918. Price: USD 5.
- 2 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. One of the most beautiful and species-rich zoos in the United States Opened: core time Mo-So 10:00-16:00; Depending on the season, sooner and later.
- 3 Columbus Crew Stadium (Mapfre Stadium), 1 Black & Gold Blvd., Columbus, OH, 4321. The first football stadium in the United States. It is the home of the Columbus crew Soccer team, and the venue for many concerts
- 4 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211. E-mail: [email protected]. In addition to the annual Ohio State Fair, a large number of exhibitions, fairs and competitions take place every month. There are up to 175 different events every year.
- 1 The Krema Nut Company, 1000 W. Goodale Blvd. Tel: +1 614 299 4131. One of the oldest existing US producers of peanut butter with factory sales Opened: Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00 Sat 9:00-14:00.
- 2 Short North (The Short North). A neighborhood with galleries, restaurants and cafés along High Street, the main north-south section through the city center. Short North is just north of the city center on the north side of the I-670. Short North goes as far as Third Avenue. The transfer of the I-670 has a "lid" over the freeway with restaurants and shops. At the Gallery Hop on the first Saturday of the month, all galleries stay open long and the streets and bars stop.
- 3 North Market, 59 Spruce St. Tel.: +1 614 221 7237. Spacious indoor market with several local suppliers offering a variety of international, gourmet, organic and souvenir shops. Often serves as a venue for festivals and music
- 4 Wholly Craft!, 3515 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214. Handheld shop with handmade clothes, jewelry, gifts, recycled works of art, soap and anatomically shaped knitting. designers from all over the world, especially Ohio; a good place for souvenirs and local artists. Spring and Summer Mon-Fri 11:00-19:00 Sat 9:0019:00 So 12:00-17:00.
- 5 Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center. Tel: +16144167000. award-winning, large shopping center with indoor and outdoor spaces. Opened: Mon-Do 10:00-21:00 Fr-Sa 10:00-22:00 So 12:00-18:00. facebook URL used twitter URL used
The City of Columbus has granted around 6,000 licenses for restaurants and food suppliers of all kinds, and Franklin County has issued another 3,000.
Food safety - all local restaurants must show color-coded signs that reflect the outcome of the latest Columbus health inspection. green: All standard inspections were carried out and the company meets the requirements of the Columbus Health Authority. Yellow: The company has repeatedly identified critical breaches of health requirements. white: The company is subject to very frequent inspections. red: The company was closed for breaches of health requirements. The rule also applies to public pools, tattoos, spas, campsites and food markets. The signs shall be clearly visible and shall not be more than 1,5 m from the entrance.
Columbus is an important test market for American restaurant chains, so there are a lot of them, sometimes even several of the same chain in a neighborhood. There is, however, a growing ethnic restaurant scene (mainly from Somalia and Ghana, Southeast Asia and Latin America) and high-priced food outlets, thanks to the progressive gentrification of the city center.
- North Market (see Shopping)
The recommended restaurant chains include Raising Chaines, Penn Station, City Barbeque, White Castle and Piada Italian Street Food. If you walk through the city with your eyes open, you'll see foodtrucks everywhere. Lunch wagons ("loncheras") offer Latin American cuisine. With the Taco Trucks tracker you can find the trucks of the same name. Here are some special recommendations.
- 1 Rubino's Pizza, 2643 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43209. Opened: Mon-Do 11:00-22:30 Fr 11:00-23:30 Sa 16:00-23:00 So 16:00-22:30.
- 2 Yau's Chinese Bistro, 1493 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201. Tel: +16142991272. Opened: Mon-Fri 11:00-22:00 Sa-Sun 11:30-22:00.
- 3 Mili Cafe, 5858 Emporium Square, Columbus OH, 43017. Tel: +16148999202. traditional Vietnamese cuisine
- 4 Bangkok Grocery & Restaurant, 3277 Refugee Rd, Columbus, OH 43232. Tel: +16142318787. Thai and Chinese cuisine Opened: Di-So 10:00-20:00.
- 5 El Arepazo Latin Grill, 47 N Pearl St, Columbus, OH 43215. Tel: +16142284830. Opened: Mon-Fri 11:00-15:00.
- 6 Tensuke Market Cafe, 1155 Old Henderson Rd. Columbus OH 43220. Tel: +16144514010. Japanese cuisine Opened: Mon-Fri 11:00-14:30 16:00-20:30 Sat-Sun 11:00-20:30.
- 7 Schmidt's Sausage House, 240 East Kossuth Street, Columbus, OH, 43206. Tel: +16144446808. German cuisine, no reservations, all-you-can-eat Opened: So-Do 11:00-22:00 Fr-Sa 11:00-23:00.
- 8Akai Hana (restaurant Japan), 1173 Old Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220. Tel: +16144515411. Opened: Mon-Di Lunch 11:30-14:00 Dinner 17:00-21:00 Fr-Sa Lunch 11:30-12:00 Dinner 17:00-21:30 So 16:30-21:00.
- 9 Skillet (Rustic. Urban. Food), 410 E Whittier Street, Columbus, OH 43206. Tel: +16144432266. Opened: Brunch Mi -So 8:00-14:00.
- 10 Eddie George's Grille 27, Grandview Yard, 775 Yard Street, Grandview Heights, OH 43212. Tel: +16144212727. Opened: So-Do 11:00-23:00 Fr-Sa 11:00-1:00.
- 11 Alana Fod And Wine, 2333 N High St., Columbus, OH 43202 (just north of Ohio State University) . Tel: +16142946783, e-mail: [email protected]. Opened: May 17:00-21:00.
- 12 Spagio, 1295 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH 43212. Tel: +16144861114. Opened: Di-Do 16:00-22:00 Fri-Sat 16:00-23:00 So 16:00-22:00.
- 13Molly Woo’s Asian Bistro, Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240. Tel: +16149859667. Opened: Lunch Mon-So 11:30-16:00 Dinner Mon-Do 16:00-21:30 Fr-Sa 16:00-22:00 So 16:00-20:30.
- 14 M (Cameron Mitchell’s Marquee Restaurant & Bar), 2 Miranova Place, Suite 100 Columbus, Ohio 43215 . Tel: +16146290000. Opened: Mon-Do 17:00-22:00 Fr-Sa 17:00-23:00.
- 15 Cameron's American Bistro, 2185 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43085. Tel: +16148853663. Opened: Mon-Do 17:00-22:00 Fr-Sa 17:00-22:00 So 17:00-21:00.
- 16 Cap City Grandview (Fine Diner and Bar) 1299 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43212. Tel: +16142913663. Opened: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:00-16:00 Brunch Sa-Sun 11:00-15:00 Dinner Mon-Do 16:00-22:00 Fr 16:00-23:00 Sa 15:00-23:0 So 15 12:00-21:00.
In Columbus there are some ethnic and local restaurants where cookers offer excellent meals at often low prices. Some only serve meals, others have limited seating. These are places worth the trouble of looking for - which is also part of the adventure.
- 17 Chef Butcher's Creole Kitchen, 1052 Mt Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH 43203. Tel: +16143723333. Opened: snack Mon-Sa 8:00-20:00 Restaurant Mon-Mi 11:00-16:00 Do 11:00-20:00 Fr 11:00-21:00 Sa 8:00-21:00.
- 18 Ena's Caribbean Kitchen, 2444 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43211. Tel: +1614262-0988. Opened: Mon-Sat 11:00-20:00 So 12:00-19:00.
- 1 The Winking Lizard, 1416 West 5th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212. Tel: +16144377677. Opened: Mon-Do 11:00-01:00 Fr-Sa 11:00-02:00 So 11:00-24:00.
- 2Char Bar, 439 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215 (opposite the Greater Columbus Convention Center). Tel: +16142259439. Opened: Mon-So 15:00-02:30.
- 3 Old Bag of Nails Pub, 18 N Nelson Rd, Columbus, OH 43219. Tel: +16142524949. Opened: Mon-Do 11:00-22:00 Fr-Sa 11:00-24:00 So 12:00-21:00.
- 4 Barley's Brewing Company (Ale house #1, Microbrewery), 467 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215. Tel: +16142282537. Opened: Mon-Do 11:00-24:00 Fr-Sa 11:00-01:00 So 12:00-23:00.
Columbus is a conference city with a large, well-developed base of business and manufacturing facilities, as well as educational facilities that attract many visitors. Accommodations in the city center are often more expensive than those found along the interstates. There are good hotels in all price ranges.
- 1 The Wayfaring Buckeye Hostel, 2407 Indiana Avenue, Columbus, OH 43202. Tel: +16147540945, e-mail: [email protected].
- 2 Cambria Hotel Columbus (Polaris), 9100 Lyra Drive, Columbus, OH, 43240. Tel: +16148419100.
- 3 Best Western Plus Columbus North Hotel, 888 E Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio. Tel: +1614432292416.
- 4 Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 35 West Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Tel: +16142283200.
- 5 Columbus Grand, 1208 E Dublin Granville Road, Columbus OH 43229. Tel: +16148859696.
- 6 Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Downtown, 501 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215. Tel: +16145592000.
- 7 Residence Inn Columbus Downtown, 36 E Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Tel: +16142222610.
- 8 Le Méridien Columbus (The Joseph), 620 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Boutique Hotel in the Short North Artistic Quarter
There are two public universities and several private universities in Columbus.
- 4 Ohio State University (Ohio State, OSU), 190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, OH, 43210.
- 5 Columbus State Community College, 550 E Spring St, Columbus, OH, 43215.
- 6 Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Tel: +1 614 645 2275.
The police/ambulance/fire brigade call is 911.
Although there has been some decline in recent years, crime is still a problem in some districts. However, most violent crimes occur in areas that are not visited by tourists. It is worth remembering that the theft of laptops, phones, and other items from cars is common. If not avoidable, you should store valuables in the trunk and make sure it is locked.
Alcohol driving is severely punished. The alcohol limit is 0.08. The police regularly set up checkpoints along the main roads to check driving licenses and licenses and to search for alcohol drivers.
Vehicles are legally obliged to give priority to pedestrians on pedestrian crossings. However, the law is not followed everywhere. When crossing roads, you should pay attention to the traffic that turns.
Areas on the east side of the city along Livingston Avenue, Main Street and Mount Vernon, between Parsons and Alum Creek, should be avoided at night. This is also true of Cleveland Avenue, between I-670 and SR-161, and the area east of High Street, near OSU campus. On the west side of the city, a few neighborhoods around Broad St. and east of the I-270 South are relatively safe during the day, but not at night. In general, areas outside the I-270 loop (the Outerbelt) are safer and more peaceful than areas inside, although the area around Brice Road and the I-70 is not secure. The secure areas within the I-270 include the Arena District, the Short North District, Clintonville, Northwest Columbus, Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, Worthington, Dublin, much of German Village and Bexley.
There are a variety of law enforcement agencies in and around Columbus, including Ohio State Patrol, Columbus Police, Franklin County Sheriff, and local police in Dublin, Westerville, and other local communities. They are usually professional, polite and helpful. They are well trained and paid. Those who are polite and respectful will have few problems with them. Most policemen have cameras in their cars and do not accept bribes. You have to be aware that you're probably being recorded by video
The police/ambulance/fire brigade call is 911.
Emergency hospitals (selection)
- 7 Grant Medical Center, 111 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215. Tel: +16145669000. Opened: Mon-So 0:00-24:00.
- 8 Doctors Hospital, 5100 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43228. Tel: +16145441000. Opened: Mon-So 0:00-24:00.
- 9 Dublin Methodist Hospital, 7500 Hospital Drive Dublin, OH 43016. Tel: +16145448000. Opened: Mon-So 0:00-24:00.
- 10 Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214. Tel: +16145665000. Opened: Mon-So 0:00-24:00.
- 11 Emergency Department at University Hospital, 410 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210. Tel: +16142938333. Opened: Mon-So 0:00-24:00.
- 12 Emergency Department at University Hospital East, 181 Taylor Avenue, Columbus, OH 43203. Tel: +16142573414. Opened: Mon-So 0:00-24:00.
Smoking is prohibited in most public areas with a few exceptions. Some hotels, motels or other accommodation may have special smoking rooms, which are allowed under a new law. The law prohibits smoking on the premises of restaurants and bars, unless they have an outdoor terrace.
- 5 Newark (45 minutes drive northeast). A place with many prehistoric excavations and interesting architecture
- 6 Deer Creek State Park and Resort & Conference Center, 22300 State Park Rd. No. 20, Mt. Sterling (45 minutes by car southwest). Tel: +17408692020. 3,100 hectares of nature,
- 7 Wayne National Forest (45 minutes southeast).
- 8 Pro Football Hall of Fame (2 hours by car: on the I-71 to the north and then on the US-30 to the east).
- 9 Cleveland (2:15 hours north on I-71).
- 10 Cincinnati (1:45 hours south on I-71).