Well everyone else seemed to know about the German village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills except yours truely. We went with a tour group but I am told you can easily go by the local bus.
Hahndorf is the oldest German settlement in Australia and very nice it is too. We strolled along the
main street...passed by the home made icecream and headed for the beer tasting at the local pub. I tried three different varieties of German beer and all were pretty good.
Quite a few little shops tempted me to take home some souvenirs.
An aside...I have just learnt 'Hahndorf' means 'Rooster' so I wonder why the name was chosen...
Well thanks to mindcrime who read my review I know now that what the tour guide told me was incorrect....not for the first time has that happened but I am not an avid researcher
So courtesy of mindcrime
"according to wiki the town was settled by Lutheran migrants largely from in and around a small village then named Kay in Prussia, many of whom were aboard the Zebra arriving on 28 December 1838. The town is named after the Danish Dirk Meinhertz Hahn, captain of the Zebra."
I will have to go back......
We were led to believe that Hahndorf was a small artistic colony - much like Taos in the Southwestern USA - but we were disappointed to find that it was more commercial than expected. There were shopping gems, but you'll need to be discerning to find them. We hoped to buy an Aborigine flag but failed. It turns out that the flag is copyrighted, expensive, and not subject to deals. Even the government pays retail price. Therefore, retailers do not carry it. Folks who always carry their camera can find interesting subjects, but I advise traveling light. Just bring a zoom lens and forget the tripod.
We took a local bus out to this lovely German settlement outside of Adelaide. Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. It is a very pretty village and my husband loved the German food - well he is half Austrian. The village is full of German bakeries, art shops, souvenir shops. I am now the proud owner of a Hahndorf hat. We combined this trip with a visit to Mount Lofty.
Hahndorf is the oldest German community in Australia. It is now a a tourist attraction with old buildings reflecting the early architecture of the community. Craft shops galore: foods, leathers, wood working, fabric etc. About 45 - 50 minutes on a local bus for just $4. Certainly worth a visit.
Visiting Adelaide!!!. What a great Aussie city this is.. There are many things to see and do when in Adelaide and if you have some spare time a great thing to do is visit Hahndorf.
Located not far from Adelaide and a pleasant busride this is really a nice way to spend the day. Hahndorf is a Town of German origins (est.1839)and settled very early in Adelaides History by Lutheran Germans avoiding persecution in their homeland.
The town is quiet, pleasant to explore and squeaky clean . There are many fine german buisinesses especially the restaurants that provide Germanic Faire and nothing has been lost in clinging to their German origins while being great Aussies. The food I found to be excellent along with the german beer .
I came up to Hahndorf to especially get some "Bratwurst mit Kartoffel Salat".. (Bratwurst sausage with potatoe salad) and a few german beers. Try some sorbet Ice cream at the OLde Ice Cream shoppe..or a "bum burner" sausage Hot dog... I wasn't dissapointed.
Hahndorf is the oldest permanent German settlement in Australia.
Hahndorf is a quiant German town. I have very fond memories of this place when I visited it in 1996. You'll like the quiet, serene atmosphere of this place. Enjoy walking along the interesting shops lined along the street.
Hahndorf was settled by German people who immigrated to Australia in 1839. Hahndorf was named after Captain Hahn (Master of the 'Zebra', which brought the first 52 families to Hahndorf). It is Australia's olderst original settlement.
At present time you can find shops (souvenirs, crafts, restaurants, etc) in Hahndorf Village.
They say you can still see the old German influences at Hahndorf, but I found it a bit of a dissapointment as you cannot see it much.
Adelaide Hills Accredited Visitor Information Centre is located at 41 Main Street, Hahndorf 5245.
Hahndorf is supposed to be the oldest German settlement in Australia. It was founded in 1839 by Lutheran from Prussia and was named after Dirk Hahn, captain of the vessel that brought them over.
Hahndorf certainly is a charming little village, where you can taste some German food & beer. The little museum with displays of the village's history is also worth a visit.
If you're using public transportation, Hahndorf is served by buses 164, 164F, 165M, 166M, and 840F. The journey from downtown Adelaide takes about one hour.
I didn't fancy much about Adelaide.
Probably because we lived out in woop woop with no decent shops for miles and not much to do. But when we first arrived, we went and visited Adelaide Hills and I would recommend this place.
Harndorf is a quaint Germain town with lovely cafes and craft shops.
This was a plus for the trip - we got to pick our very own strawberries while me & my gang were in Hanhdorf.
The farm dates back to the 1830s when the Paech family settled down in Hanhdorf. It is still owned by the Paech family. The farm grows strawberries, sweetcorn and mixed vegetables but had since expanded to include sale of home made style jams, pickles, chutneys and sauces.
Strawberry season is between October-May so by the time we arrived in April, the best batches were already gone....but even that, did not dampen our spirits as 4 grown-ups were springing among strawberry beds eager to pick out the juicest of them all. The strawberries were fresh, sweet, juicy and succulent as we managed to find some over-ripe ones, not that we mind at all. Several we just popped straight into our mouths as the farm had assured us that they do not use any chemicals on their plants. We just don't get to eat FRESH strawberries like this back home! We managed to cart 2 large containers of strawberries, provided by the farm for free, back to our apartments, which we would wolved down with plenty of ice-cream! I remembered that we paid about A$2 each for about 1kg worth of strawberries, which was DIRT-cheap when compared to the stuff we had to pay for air-flown in from other countries.
Entry to the strawberry patches requires A$2 per pax.
The farm also has beautiful rose covered walkways. The perfume of red roses was just intoxicating.
Don't miss out on the strawberry jams (but what else) and the rose petal jams as well!
What can I say about this historic German town in the Adelaide Hills? Charming, lovely, seductive - made for a great day out of Adelaide - especially on the weekdays when you need not contend with the weekend crowd!
Many of Hanhdorf's inhabitants were descendants of Lutherans from Prussia (now Germany), escaping religious prosecution in the 1800s. In 1838, they reached Port Adelaide, and the kind hearted Captain of their ship was so concerned for their livelihood, he sought out this piece of land for their settlement. In gratitude, they name the township Hanhdorf, in honour of the kind Captain.
There are many old buildings lining the streets, stately old homes, charming cottages and ethnic restaurants, all exuding a different kind of European charm, one that is rich in Bavarian heritage. Come here for German food (like sausages and sauerkraut) and beer, but of course. Don't get me wrong, it is quite a touristy place, but one that had not overdone it in zest. Plenty of art and craft galleries, wineries and ethnic grocery shops exist peacefully, all while trying their best to charm you into parting your money from your wallet/purse!
Think I took Metro Bus service 840 from the city (via day-trip ticket) and the journey lasted about 40 minutes.
Settled in 1839 by Prussian and East German immigrants, Hahndorf is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement.
Today Hahndorf is a flourishing community that attracts visitors from all over the world. The town's main street has many historic buildings some of which have been restored to their former character, while the 100-year-old elm and plane trees which line main street provide shade for the many craft shops, galleries and restaurants that now call this area home.
Handorf: Obviously the German immigrants came to adelaide in the early years for straits settlement. Most stuffs (eg, cakes, cheese, leather goods, sheep porducts....etc") are all locally produced. Usually the place can be quite packed with people over the weekends. I had my afternoon tea at this nice country setup cafe where they served large scones with yummy jams and cream.YUM*
And Handorf has Birkenstock outlet, good range of choices of footwear.Heh.
Souvenir shops can often be seen along the streets.Pretty straight forward. No chances of getting lost.
This is like a small town with some kind of a European-touch to the architecture of the shops. It's the atmosphere & the surroundings that make you feel like you're in European countries. There are various cafes and delis as well as stores that sell home-made soaps, etc. (Photos to be attached)
This is a photo taken at the quaint little German/Australian tourist town of Hahndorf, in the Adelaide Hills.
There's not quite as much German charm in the town as there used to be in years gone by, but it is still nice, and there are many quality Australian shops as well.
There's a lot of history here too, in the old German buildings. I especially recommend the museum.
I really enjoy the bakery, especially the German one, the handmade boiled sweets shop, ice cream parlour, the leathercrafts shop, souvenir shops - truly we spent a
whole day just exploring one side of the street!
(My brochure says there are more than 100 venues in town to browse, and I can well believe it...it's a very long street and packed with shops to browse or buy in)
The German people who immigrated here to the Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley in the 1830's played a very important role in the development of the area (which if you're interested to learn further details of, you can read more in the Travelogue at the bottom of my Adelaide pages)