When visiting Adelaide, a day trip to Hahndorf in Adelaide Hills is a must. It is only a half hour drive from Adelaide. This quaint and charming town is very popular with tourists for authentic German styled buildings, restaurants & pubs and shops.
As we arrived just after 9am on a Sunday, the town hasn’t quite woken up yet. So we decided to proceed to the Beereenberg Strawberry Farm instead.
It turned out to be a good decision as there was hardly anyone at the strawberry fields and it was still not very hot. We literally had the whole farm to ourselves.
After an hour of ‘hard’ work picking strawberries, we managed to fill two boxes to the brim. By then there were more people in the fields.
For those who didn’t want to spend time at the fields, the farm shop sells a variety of the farm’s produce.
We then made our way back to Hahndorf. This little town is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. The town was established in 1839 when Prussian immigrants arrived onboard the ship ‘Zebra’. The name of the town which means Hahn’s village was in honour of Captain Dirk Meinhertz Hahn, the Danish captain of Zebra.
We decided to park our car along the main road and start exploring the town on foot. This historical town still has some well preserved original buildings built when the first settlers arrived. This cellar was built in 1845 by the first couple to be married in Hahndorf, Johann Thiele and Anna Schmidt.
The town’s strong German’s heritage is still very prominent as one wonders through the Main Street with shops selling German food and souvenirs to German music played by street musicians and the town’s band.
The variety of shops selling gifts, souvenirs, crafts, clothes and leather goods will keep any shoppers occupied for hours.
By the time we walked the entire Main Street, it was time for lunch. So off we went in search of sustenance which was quite a tough decision really, as there are so many eateries to choose from!
After all your energy is sapped with all the walking and shopping, it was time to do a pit stop to refuel at one of the many restaurants and cafes available. One of the most famous German restaurants in Hanhdorf has to be the 150 year old Hahndorf Inn.
To end the trip on a sweet note, one can hop over one of these ice-cream cafes and enjoy a home-made ice-cream :).