Learn about Hahndorf
Established in 1839, Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, located in the Adelaide Hills, 28km southeast of Adelaide, South Australia.
Hahndorf’s pioneer settlers were refugees from religious persecution in Prussia (northeastern Germany). Fifty-four Lutheran families settled the area after arriving in South Australia in 1838. Dirk Hahn, who captained the Zebra, had become deeply concerned about the welfare of his passengers and during his stay in Adelaide supported them to find land. To thank the captain for his assistance, they named the town Hahndorf (Hahn’s Village) after him.
Hahndorf is located just 30 minutes from Adelaide via the South Eastern Freeway, with the Hahndorf exit clearly marked. Visitors can also catch a public bus – see route 864, at the Adelaide Metro website.
Small town in South Australia
Settled by 19th-century Lutheran migrants, it’s known for its original German-style architecture and artisanal food. The Hahndorf Academy is home to the German Migration Museum, tracing local history. North of town, the Cedars houses the studio and art of German-born landscape painter Sir Hans Heysen.
There is no street in the world that has as many artisans on its main street as Hahndorf. The artisan producers make everything from jams, sauces at Beerenberg Farm to chocolates, leatherwork, handmade knives, candles, soap, shoes, jewellery, local arts and crafts, and cheese from Udder Delights.
Throughout the Adelaide Hills, an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables is grown and can be purchased locally. Producers also make olive oil, ciders and authentic German breads and cakes. Stock up at a roadside stall or farm gate, visit a farmers market or drop into one of the many providores in the region.
Experience Hahndorf like a local on a Hahndorf walking tour with passionate Hahndorf resident and history enthusiast Sharon Pippos.