Hahndorf Travel Guide

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Founded by German settlers in 1839, Hahndorf is a gorgeous Adelaide village that retains its historic charms in preserved architecture, artisan bakeries and classic pubs.

Hahndorf, South Australia

Only 25 minutes from the centre of the city, this delightful township is also settled in the heart of the verdant Adelaide Hills. Explore the bountiful restaurants, cafes and bars and you’ll discover traditional German fare alongside thriving art, culture and nature.

Explore historic Hahndorf

Take a stroll down the thriving Hahndorf main street for a sample of the attractions that have drawn visitors to this settlement for decades. With its German heritage still strongly visible, you’ll find boutique shops with hand-crafted toys, gingerbread cafes and rare antiques. Not to mention rare books, candlemakers (including a shop where kids can make their own) and mini-golf.

Discover a rich meeting point of flavour, from the famous wines of the nearby Adelaide Hills vineyards to fresh farm produce. Explore the family-friendly Hahndorf Farm Barn, complete with a children's farmyard and a wildlife park. There are also plenty of tours that will take you further into the Hills’ wine country for a day trip.

Where to eat and drink in Hahndorf

Home to a huge variety of local wines, nearby vineyards and thriving restaurants, cafes and pubs, you won’t need to travel far to satisfy the senses. Start by visiting some of the boutique cellar doors in the area, including Landhaus and La Prova wines. You’ll also find some tasty local beers at Gulf Brewery, and Ambleside Distillers produces superb gins.

Experience a huge range of seasonal flavours at every turn, from locally made cheeses to hand-crafted chocolates, chutneys, jams and relishes. From November to April you can pick your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm. Dine out on the opulent local flavours at one of the many acclaimed restaurants nestled in local heritage and greenery, such as Haus Hahndorf.

Art and Culture in Hahndorf

Known as the German Town of South Australia due to its settlement by Prussian immigrants, Hahndorf is renowned for beautifully preserved heritage and established arts community. Today you can explore the Hanhdorf Academy, a 150-year old building, and step through a vivid collection of galleries, studios and museums dedicated to local artists past and present.

Linking the Adelaide Hills and Fleureu Peninsula, the Hills Sculpture Trail winds past the Hanhdorf Academy. At this turn in the trail you’ll see the fascinating Angel of Hahndorf sculpture. Explore Hahndorf’s history from a variety of fascinating perspectives on a Hahndorf Walking Tour.

How do I get to Handorf?

Getting to Hahndorf from Adelaide and Melbourne is easy. Only a 20 minute drive from Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway, you can also reach Hahndorf from Melbourne on this same freeway. The scenic drive from Melbourne takes just under eight hours. There are plenty of car hire options from Adelaide airport, which services flights from every major Australian city as well as international.

Top things to do in Hahndorf

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