Cincinnati Apartments for Rent
The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge in Downtown Cincinnati
The Ohio River
Tulips at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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View from Eden Park, Overlooking the Ohio River
Overlooking Cincinnati, Ohio
Before you get to Cincinnati, Ohio, known as the “Chili Capital of America,” there’s just one thing you need to decide: do you want a three-way, four-way or five-way?
The question refers, of course, to the world-famous Cincinnati chili. This city has its own regional style of Chili con carne with seasonings that would be considered odd in other places, including cinnamon, cloves, allspice or chocolate, and it’s usually served over spaghetti. Topped with mounds of shredded cheddar cheese, it’s called a “three-way.” Add onions and it’s a “four-way.” Add beans and it’s a “five-way.” More than 100 chili parlors in the metro area equal more chili restaurants per capita than any other city in the world.
But there is more to the city, called “Cincy” by locals, than chili. Cincinnati is a river city, covering the southwestern corner of Ohio into Northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana at approximately the mid-point of the Ohio River. Visitors can stroll across the river on the Purple People or Roebling Suspension Bridges for stunning views and access to popular riverfront restaurants, the Great American Ballpark and Newport on the Levee.
Cincinnati is known for its large collection of historic architecture and distinctive neighborhoods. When you look at Cincinnati apartments, be sure to explore these unique areas.
Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood just to the north of Downtown Cincinnati, boasts among the world’s largest collections of Italianate architecture, rivaling similar neighborhoods Vienna and Munich. Over-the-Rhine was the center of life for German immigrants for many years, and is one of the largest historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Cincinnati’s German heritage is evidenced by the many restaurants that specialize in schnitzels and Bavarian cooking. Hofbräuhaus in Mt. Adams is an authentic German brewery. Bockfest, the world’s oldest Bock festival, held in early March, is a tradition developed among the breweries to release all of their bock beer on the same day. Bock beer is a rich, complex, robust lager that marks the end of the winter brewing season and the beginning of spring.
This city is also home to North America’s largest Oktoberfest celebration, attracting over one-half million people each year.
With its roots as a rowdy town full of Germans who celebrated life, food and beer, Cincinnati earns its reputation as a great place to have a good time. Cincinnati’s calendar of events is packed year around. With this much fun “on tap,” it’s no wonder more than two million people love calling Cincinnati home!