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As Australia’s oldest German settlement, Hahndorf is a unique tourist destination.

Hahndorf is nestled in the Adelaide Hills just 20 minutes’ drive from the Adelaide City CBD. German influences are the key to Hahndorf’s charm – architecture, stores, bakeries, restaurants and wineries all owe their style to the German heritage of the town.

The first residents of Hahndorf arrived in Adelaide in 1838 – the name of the town coming from the captain of the ship on which they arrived. When war broke out in 1914, the South Australian Government at the time decided to change the very German name of the town. Hahndorf became Ambleside until the late 1930s, when the name was reverted to its original German.

For visitors, Hahndorf offers the experience of Europe just outside an Australian metropolis. Day-trippers can indulge in tours of the local wineries which produce some of the world’s finest cold weather wines, eat at gourmet restaurants that use local produce to recreate German cuisine, or spend the day berry picking at Beerenberg.

Art and boutique shops add to Hahndorf’s charm. The Cedars is the former home of renowned landscape artist Hans Heysen, and open to the public – displaying a range of his paintings, his studio, and some of his simpler sketches. The Hahndorf Academy showcases more contemporary art by local artists.

German bakeries and boutique cellar doors are perfect for lunch and an afternoon drink, and the two local pubs or one of the many restaurants offer a variety of cuisines if you’re in town for dinner.

Practical Info

Hahndorf is 26km south east of the Adelaide CBD, and takes about 20 minutes by car. Buses run from the Adelaide CBD on the Southlink line on a fairly regular basis but check the timetable before you go. Tours are also a common way to see both Hahndorf and the surrounding area.

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Barossa Valley with Hahndorf Tour from Adelaide

4.5 star rating: Recommended 154 Reviews

Barossa Valley, wine tasting, Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf. Sample the delights of the Barossa Valley from Adelaide, including wine tasting and a delicious ...  Read more

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.83

Adelaide Super Saver: Adelaide City Sightseeing Tour plus Barossa Valley and Hahndorf Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Over two days, see Adelaide’s major city-center attractions, plus visit the town of Hahndorf and South Australia’s renowned Barossa Valley! Ideal for ...  Read more

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $156.77

Adelaide Highlights and Hahndorf Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Discover the highlights of Adelaide on this afternoon half-day tour. Travel through the Adelaide Hills dotted with unique and historic villages. Visit ...  Read more

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.92

5-Day Adelaide and Kangaroo Island Tour Including Barossa Valley Wine Tasting

Combine wildlife and wine-tasting on a five-day tour of Adelaide and Kangaroo Island. Visit wineries in the Barossa Valley wine region, take a scenic drive ...  Read more

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,112.71

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