A taste of Germany in historical Hahndorf

Hahndorf streetscape

Pack your lederhosen and dirndl, and head out to Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement.


A short 30-minute bus ride from Adelaide is where travellers can take a leisurely stroll through the historic town of Hahndorf in the heart of the Adelaide Hills. Hahndorf is a picturesque artisan village packed with great wineries, pubs and activities to make a bustling day trip for the family.

First settled in 1839, boulevards of charming trees surround cobblestone buildings, amplifying a sense that you’ve stepped back in time. Traditions of Germany come to life in Hahndorf, delivering bratwurst and schnitzels in all shapes, flavours and sizes.

Travellers can order a beer paddle or stein but beware, they’re much bigger than a schooner!


Drinks in Hahndorf
The Haus © Jonathan van der Knaap for South Australian Tourism Commission


Your day in Hahndorf


Wandering Hahndorf gives you the chance to visit three premium wineries and the famous, Beerenberg Farm where you can pick strawberries and buy local jams, chutneys and sauces. The farm has been family owned and operated since 1839. George and Anna Paech, along with their family, moved from German-speaking Prussia to Australia. The Paech family farm remains 100 per cent owned, operated and even lived on by the family.


Beerenberg Farm
© Dan Schultz for Beerenberg


Beerenberg literally translates to ‘Berry Hill’ in German.

Find out more and book your tour here.

The Lane Vineyard



Another important stop on any tour of this charming town is The Lane Vineyard (as seen in the video above) where you can sample handmade cheeses from Udder Delights, another high-quality local South Australian producer.

The Lane Vineyard is set upon the traditional lands of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. From Hahndorf, the Lane estate is only 3 kilometres from the city centre. Hidden amongst mountain views and open clear skies lies an award-winning restaurant. In both 2018 and 2021, The Lane Restaurant took home the AGFG Chef Hat. It has also been rated in the top ten South Australian regional restaurants.

So, what better way to finish off your day than with an indulgent seven-course Chef’s menu at The Lane Vineyard, paired with their very best wines. The Lane’s head chef Tom Robinson and his team serve up a unique sensory and immersive food experience.

If that wasn’t enough, The Lane Vineyard estate is also home to a variety of other unique experiences including trout fishing, ATV tours and the chance to blend your own wine. You could easily lose an afternoon just appreciating the beauty of the venue and its delicious produce.


The Lane Vineyard, Hahndorf
© Adam Bruzzone for South Australian Tourism Commission


Only a short venture from the main street in Hahndorf is one of Choice Hotel’s best Barvarian getaways – The Manna by Haus, Ascend Hotel Collection.

Enjoy a leisurely Hahndorf heritage walk, marvelling at the unique architecture that truly paints Hahndorf straight out of a Hollywood movie scene. Visitors from all around spend the nights chatting with friends and enjoying amazing food and drinks. The small town in the Adelaide Hills is nothing far from an experience.


Hahndorf streetscape
© Michael Waterhouse Photography

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