Historic Hahndorf

The White House, Main Street, Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills, SA. © SATC & Adam Bruzzone

South Australia’s postcard-perfect piece of Germany

Explore Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement in the heart of the Adelaide Hills.

You half expect to spot men in lederhosen yodeling in Hahndorf, the picturesque German village just twenty minutes out of Adelaide.

Settled in 1839 by Lutherans fleeing religious persecution in Prussia, Hahndorf was named after the ship’s captain. His name was Hahn, while dorf is German for village.

Today Hahn’s little slice of Germany attracts visitors from all over the world. Join them to stroll streets lined with historic buildings and hundred-year-old plane and elm trees as well as native gums. Browse the quaint antique, vintage and knick-knack shops, where half wine barrels flow with colourful flowers out the front.

Learn more about the life of the early German settlers in the museums and galleries. You can see original sketches by Sir Hans Heysen, the famed landscape artist and Hahndorf resident, in a local gallery or on a tour of his studio and house.

Nearby you’ll find wonderful wineries and a strawberry farm famous for its jams, chutneys and sauces. When you’ve finished exploring stay in Bavarian-style chalets and dine out on sausage, sauerkraut and apple strudel with a stein of German beer.

Expect to leave with a hamper of gourmet German goodies and an urge to yodel.

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