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Hahndorf, Adelaide: 17 reviews and 32 photos

by xuessium

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.

Address: Mt Barker Road, Hahdorf
Directions: Turn off at the South Eastern Freeway.
Phone: +61 1800 353 323
Website: http://www.exploringaustralia.com.au/showplace.php?s=adel&p=92

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 30, 2005
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