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

A full day Hahndorf guided food and wine e-bike tour will take you through rolling hills and charming countryside.

You will 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. From then until now, the Paech family farm is 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

 

 

There will be time to sit back and relax to enjoy a picnic hamper at The Lane Vineyard (as seen in the video above) where you will try 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 2018, The Lane Restaurant took home the AGFG Chef Hat and they did it again in 2021. 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 which will also be paired with their very best wines.

The Lane’s head chef Tom Robinson with his team, serve up a unique sensory and immersive food experience.

 

The Lane Vineyard, Hahndorf

© Adam Bruzzone for South Australian Tourism Commission

 

To book your experience with RedBalloon, click here.

The day will be filled with absolute luxury and afterwards, only a short venture to 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. The many visitors from all around will have the nights buzzing with good conversation, 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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