A stroll along historic Hahndorf's main street is a highlight for many visitors to the Adelaide Hills. Settled in 1839 by Prussian Lutherans seeking religious freedom, Hahndorf is now an artisan village and a delight for shoppers.
Located just 25 minutes from Adelaide, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and still has a strong German flavour most evident in the smallgoods outlets, bakeries, pubs, restaurants and cafes that line the bustling main street. While its proximity to Adelaide makes Hahndorf a perennial favourite as a day trip destination, most visitors wish they had longer to explore all the township has to offer so consider accommodation from the wide range available.
Browse the incredible range of shops; from toys, antiques, books, clothing, shoes, minerals, cuckoo clocks, hand-crafted leather wares, natural beauty products and gift ware, right through to butchers, bakers and candle makers! Hahndorf really is a shopper's paradise - just park the car and wander up and down the main street. For works by local artists and designers pop into the Hahndorf Academy and Bamfurlong Fine Crafts. If you have the kids in tow keep an eye open for the Hahndorf Candlemaker, 3 Wishes Candle Barn (where you can make your own candle in a jar), traditional lolly shops, mini golf, gingerbread cafe and fairy garden and shop.
Visit the Hahndorf Academy which is a regional hub for the arts and heritage based in a charming 150-year-old building. Walk through its four galleries, migration museum, artist studios, and retail gallery featuring the work of local artisans. Other cultural highlights are the many galleries and the Angel of Hahndorf sculpture outside the Hahndorf Academy which forms part of the Hills Sculpture Trail.
Satisfy your appetite at an excellent selection of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bakeries - many serving traditional German fare.
Visit Gulf Brewery for a local craft beer.
Taste and purchase a wide variety of artisan cheeses at Udder Delights and enjoy some of the other experiences they offer including fondue, high tea and cheese making classes by arrangement.
Take a guided walking tour to soak up Hahndorf’s history and character with Hahndorf Walking Tours.
Visit in autumn for an incredible show of colouful foliage lining the street.
Within minutes of the main street you will discover many quintessential Adelaide Hills experiences.
Visit the former home, studio and garden of one of Australia’s most famous artists, Sir Hans Heysen - The Cedars.
Pick your own strawberries at Beerenberg Farm from November to April and marvel at their incredible range of jams, sauces, relishes and condiments year round at the Farm Shop.
Take the children to the Hahndorf Farm Barn, a fun combination of a children's farmyard and a nature wildlife park.
Sip a handcrafted gin or take a tour or masterclass at Ambleside Distillers.
Hahndorf can be reached from Adelaide by public bus - see routes 864, T843, 841F, 860F at the Adelaide Metro website or download the metroMATE app.
Drop into the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre in the heart of the main street for bookings, information, maps and brochures.