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.
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Visit Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement in the heart of the Adelaide Hills.
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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Soak up Adelaide's colonial elegance in the spacious green parklands, bustling Adelaide Central Markets and the museums and libraries of North Terrace.
Swim with dolphins in Glenelg, explore Hahndorf and other picturesque villages in the Adelaide Hills, and wind between world-class wineries in the nearby Barossa and Clare Valley. Visit for international events such as the Santos Tour Down Under.
Skip from cultural attractions to the coast in Adelaide, where restaurants, parklands and wine regions are also within easy reach. Explore the city's past in the grand stone buildings along North Terrace. Discover the youthful energy humming beneath the city's elegant exterior along Rundle Street and Gouger Street's popular dining strip. Lose yourself in parklands, which sprawl around more than half the city. Swim with dolphins in Glenelg and enjoy summer festivities in beachside Henley. Do a day trip to the Fleurieu Peninsula, stopping to see wineries, play on white beaches, trek the rugged coastline and get up close to wildlife.
You'll find all the delights of a seaside village and more in lively Glenelg, which sits in Holdfast Bay, a 25-minute tram ride from Adelaide's centre. There is a sandy white beach, charming heritage hotels and bustling shops, sidewalks cafes and summer entertainment. You can also swim with wild dolphins, go diving or snorkelling or join a fishing charter. Trace Glenelg's history in the galleries and museums, join in the fun of various festivals and meander along the coast to neighbouring beach towns.