Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and is a town soaked in Germanic culture and tradition. It was first settled by Lutheran/Prussian immigrants in 1839. The area is an embracing and welcoming town that invites guests to marvel at 100 year old elm and plane trees that line the Main Street, whilst enjoying locally made wines and hearing locals talk of days gone by.
Located in the Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf is a wonderful area to visit for those who like to explore the outdoors and enjoy tradition, culture and laidback entertainment.
What to do
Visitors to this area will be spoilt for choice when deciding on how to spend their days. The wineries and cellars in the area produce some of Australia’s finest tipples and provide an excellent opportunity for visitors to explore the manufacturing process.
The town also boasts an array of small shops, many of which embrace the German heritage. Guests are able to pick up souvenirs and crafts that are as original as they are quaint. A walk through the Main Street allows visitors to pursue an abundance of restaurants and bars, all of which offer excellent cuisine and locally produced wines.
Along this street, guests will find that newly opened cellar doors have introduced a trendy culture to the area, with fashionable eateries available in abundance.
Visiting the Hahndorf In is a must for a true authentic German meal and of course lots of beer with stunning Bavarian beer taps at the bar, wooden ambience and of course traditional dress!
Family activities are also in ready supply. Nearby, families can enjoy a day of picking their own fruit and enjoy a variety of farm experiences. Hahndorf Farm Barn provides an excellent children’s farmyard, petting zoo and woodland experiences.
There are a large variety of animals located on the farm, all of which are friendly and keen to make new human friends.
Artists lovers will revel in the opportunity to visit the home of Sir Hans Heysen, famous studio artist. His residence, The Cedars, is still owned by the family and open to guests to enjoy the experience of the historical property.
The house is home to a collection of Heysen’s work, tools and notes and provides a unique chance to get close to intimate aspects of the artist’s work.
Hahndorf has a wonderful selection of hotels, each as welcoming as the next. All budgets are catered for in the area and a warm Australian greeting is extended to each lodging, each with a degree of German atmosphere.
Culinary fans will enjoy a visit to Udder Delights Cheese Cellar located in the heart of the town. Staff at the cellar are pleased to introduce guests to a range of goats’ and cows’ cheese and give expert advice on the best options.
Further activities include exploring the Adelaide Hills, enjoying the tranquility of the Murray Lakes. Hahndorf is located excellently for exploring this part of South Wales, with superb transport links further afield and low cost options for day excursions and trips.