There's storytelling, there's architecture, there's history and, as with all good tourist activities, there's walking.

These events, however, aren't necessarily for out-of-towners.

There's storytelling, there's architecture, there's history and, as with all good tourist activities, there's walking.

These events, however, aren't necessarily for out-of-towners.

The Columbus Landmarks Foundation Walking Tour Series gives Central Ohioans a chance to be tourists in their own city.

"It's a combination of storytelling, local history, settlement patterns, architectural details, and folklore," said Kathy Mast Kane, executive director of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. "I think a lot of people enjoy exploring places that they've never explored before."

And this weekend, one of the city's best-known villages is being highlighted. On Saturday, German Village is the featured destination. Obviously, the area is well-known. But the two-hour tour will explore the architecture and history that began more than 100 years ago (which is beyond the typical fare from the 1960s that people tend to focus on today). The tour beings at the Schiller Park Statue, 1069 Jaeger St. at 10 a.m.

On Sunday, "Irish" Village will be highlighted from 2 to 4 p.m. The Irish influence from the 1840s to 1870s will be discussed. The tour starts at St. Partick's Church, 280 N. Grant Ave.

And later this month, on June 20 from 10 a.m. to noon, Italian Village and its unique heritage will be featured. The tour begins at the Train Station Mural, 630 N. High St.

Tickets for each tour cost $15 and can be purchased at www.ColumbusLandmarks.org or by calling (614) 221-4508. Tours generally have an audience of 25 to 30, which includes everyone from teens to senior citizens.


Kristy Eckert is editor of Capital Sytle.