Lovely, shady town to enjoy on a hot Summer's Day
Parking on or off street is hard to find. Get here early.
Great spot to visit for half day
Alec Johnston was a local dairyman, who donated time and money to the Town of Hahndorf. The park was named after him in recognition of his Charity work.The nice ceramic water feature is in rememberance of the 52 founding families of Hahndorf. It is named "the Founding Families" Water feature. A children's playground and Public Toilets are located...more
There are two Lutheran Churches in Hahndorf. Founded in 1839, St. Michael's is the oldest Lutheran church in Australia to still have a worshipping congregation on its original church site. The 1st church service was held under the old gum tree, then the following year, the pioneers built their first church of pug construction and wooden shingles,...more
Located near St. Paul's Lutheran Church, is a concrete pathway leading to the next street that runs parallel to the main street.The Heritage Walkway is located adjacent to 'Hahn Court' and links it to Main Street. It is accessible via a gateway from Main Street diagonally opposite the IGA Supermarket. The Heritage Walkway features 7 free-standing...more
The Academy, is a 150 year old building in the main street of Hahndorf. It was once a respected school of higher learning, then later used as a seminary, then a hospital. It was doomed to be demolished until rescued by Mr Wotzke. The Academy is now a gallery with exhibitions and artists in residence. Inside, there are 4 galleries. As well as Art,...more
Its best to park your car, and walk the lovely Elm tree lined main street, stopping to pick up a map from the Information Centre which is on the main road. There are heaps of very old German buildings here, German food, German music, Souvenir shops, an Antique clock museum, Collectables, Opals, Clothing, fairyland, Icecream & Chocolate shops and so...more
There are two Hotels in Hahndorf, one of them is the Hahndorf Inn. This Hotel has some history going back to 1853 when Gottlob Schuetze established the Australian Arms in a long fachwerk building at No. 46 Main Street. He transferred his hotel to a single storied stone building over the road and changed the name to the Union Hotel in 1863. In 1972,...more
Now we have finished at the Old Mill, time to look across the road to see "Mrs. Wittwer's" House. The Wittwers were prominent people in Hahndorf. Mr. Wittwer [senior] worked a windmill, while his son rebuilt the steam mill [old mill] in 1854. They built their house in 1861, and named it "Detmold House," after Detmold, the town in Germany where the...more
In the early years of the colony, the Mount Barker district was known as the granary of South Australia. "The Old Mill" is a steam mill built in 1854. As I find the history very interesting, I will tell you a little. The Mill was erected using huge red gum pillars, and the roof was of slate, now it is corrugated iron. This steam Mill was very...more
Hahndorf I think is interesting to visit any time of the year. Summer, the tree lined streets give plenty of shade when walking along the footpaths.Autumn, I really like, as all those Trees have coloured leaves and are a sight to see!We were here in May, and it was quite cool. Early morning, and the fog was quite thick, luckily, it lifted by the...more
HAHNDORF The day that I went up to Hahndorf for a visit it was wonderful the weather was absolutely marvellous. Although not really hot enough while walking around for ice creams it surely was cool enough for a kransky hot dog. You must try one of these !!..if that's not to your taste there are others to be enjoyed.Try the "bum burners" also all...more
Went to a cute little bookshop in Hahndorf called Thistle Thicket Books (try saying that ten times fast). This bookshop was crammed with books for the kids. It was all we could do to get them out. Our whole family loves books and it was wonderful. The lady behind the counter knew her product and even told us they run story time for the kids every...more
The Lane Vineyard has to sit in the the most impressive location of any winery I have ever been to. It is just amazing. You drive up the little road not quite knowing where you are going to end up, and you come over the hill and BANG it hits you in the face. Rolling hills, vines all around you, old gum trees, lakes, its just magic. And the owners...more
Mt. Barker is about 35ksm from Adelaide, reached by taking the South Eastern Freeway. If you go to Hahndorf 1st, then Mt. Barker is about 12ks further on. You will pass an old Windmill, built in 1842 on Windmill Hill, this is about halfway. Mt. Barker, the town is named after the Mountain which it is situated by. From the summit, about 2kms east of...more
Located in Heysen Road, just out of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, is "The Cedars" the home of Sir Hans Heysen. He was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1877, and arrived in Australia 6 years later. He started painting when he was a boy, and settled in Hahndorf in 1908. This is where he lived for the rest of his life. He passed away in 1968. Its here...more
You can pick your own strawberries in season here at the farm, but even if you don't want to do that, you can buy them inside (and other strawberry products like their range of jams) at their beautiful shop. Beerenberg's products are well known and sold interstate, possibly right around Australia as they're also stocked by major supermarket chains...more
This place is a little farm - full of baby animals. Sheep, goats, alpacas, guinea pigs, rabbits, cows, ponies, deer, ducks, peacocks, wallabies, all sorts!! I am such a sucker for animals so it was funny when my husband and I rocked up, they were looking behind us as if to say "where are your children?" But it was just us! They must have taken...more
35a Main Street, Hahndorf, 5245, Australia
Good for: Solo
It's getting more and more difficult to find German fare in Hahndorf, but you can still buy Beestings here (German item) and when I visited last (last year) you could still find Black Forest Cake here (unlike several other places in town where it's disappeared completely).I particularly like that this particular Bakery still has a greeting sign in...more
Hahndorf Inn Hotel is a large pub and restaurant located on Hahndorf's main street.It offers a cosy dining area with a large bar and wooden tables and chairs in a traditional pub setting. To add to the cosy atmosphere there is an open fireplace with a hot fire burning. Although it wasn't particularly cold on the day of my visit, it had become...more
Hahndorf Kaffeehaus is a small cafe located on Hahndorf's main street.As well as a dozen or so tables indoors, there is also a small outdoor seating area with a handful of tables shaded by parasols. It was a nice sunny day when I stopped off here one morning in April 2006, so I enjoyed my refreshments outside in the sunshine.The menu consists of a...more
We went here for breakfast so I really didn't get any yummy Italian food, but the menu for the rest of the day looked delicious! A relatively new establishment. I had the scrambled eggs and raisin toast, juice it was great! Sat outside in the sunshine and watched the tourists go by.more
This is one of two big pubs on the main street, the Hahndorf Inn. Here you can sit at the bar and watch the races on tv, or dine in a rather large restaurant with the choice of traditional German fare or Aussie beef!You can eat out the front on big woodern tables and chairs and they also have a motel out the back. Of course, they have German beer...more
This cafe/restaurant is still nice enough to be laid back, not too formal. We have been here for breakfast on two occasions and sat outside in the covered atrium both times. It is great food, service, and not too expensive! I have a breakfast tradition - raisin toast with scrambled eggs with spinach, cheese and tomato. A pot of English Breakfast...more
The food here is sensational. And local as an appropriate theme does not do it justice. You can eat most Australian animals on this menu! No seriously, there was a lot in the way of Kangaroo, Croc, etc. But that is not why it is so good! Set in an old stable, you get damper and feel like you are in the olden days! Could not fault the food or...more
I caught the bus from Adelaide to Hahndorf during my visit to the city in April 2006. The following information was correct at the time of my visit:- There are around 7 morning buses and 15 afternoon/evening buses from Adelaide to Hahndorf each day. The first one leaves Adelaide at circa 07:30 and the last one leaves at 22:30;- There are around a...more
When you get to the town, the first thing you will notice, if you are in a car, is the lack of parking. There is no big car park. Everyone seems to want to park on the main street, and it can get quite congested with people walking all over the road, seemingly unaware of cars!My tip is to pull off into a side street and park there, and walk. It is...more
This is a shop bursting with character and atmosphere. All are welcome, even the family dog which can be tied to the dog hitching rail out the front. The signs out the front give you some idea of the humour of the owners of this place.Once inside, you find a rabbit warren of tight passageways winding about the place. The open fireplace by the...more
If you have any mobility problems, eg difficulty climbing steps or require the use of a wheelchair, you will find that most of the shops in the main street will be inaccessable.
Due to laws governing modifications to heritage listed buildings, most of the shops in the main street cannot put in ramps as an alternative to the original stone steps leading up or down to the entrances. For an example of what I'm talking about, see the picture in my Knife Shop tip.
The shop owners I've spoken to would love to make modifications but their hands are legally bound.
There are a few shops and picturesque parks where you will still be able to access and enjoy the atmosphere of the town.
For more information on wheelchair friendly places to visit and stay, check out the web link to the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre.