Top Things to do in Hahndorf

A small town located in the picturesque Adelaide Hills in South Australia, Hahndorf is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement and a wonderful tourist destination for those looking for all the hallmarks of European culture within easy reach of Adelaide.

Browse our range of available things to see and do in the greater Hahndorf region below, as well as tours to Hahndorf from Adelaide, to begin your adventure into this charming and historic village-come-street that's teeming with charming storefronts and dining.

Top Things to do in - Hahndorf and surrounds

1. Hahndorf Oktoberfest

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Location: Hahndorf, Adelaide Hill, SA

Hahndorf is located in the Adelaide Hills and is the oldest surviving German settlement within Australia. It's German history, heritage and charm shines through when you visit the village and experience the hospitality of the many traditional European establishments that remain.

If you’re planning to visit Hahndorf and have flexibility for when you’re going to visit, it’s advised you visit in the month of October.

Throughout the month the town comes alive in the spirit of Oktoberfest. Think dirndls, pretzels and braids, Hahndorf is the place to be during October.

If you are going to celebrate Oktoberfest in Australia, then this is the closest experience you will get to feeling like you are back in Germany. With the atmosphere jubilant, it is easy get swept up in the festivities.

It's German history, heritage and charm shines through when you visit the village and experience the hospitality of the many traditional European establishments that remain.

However, if you’re visiting at other times of the year you won’t be disappointed as the town is filled with so much history and culture you won’t be disappointed.

So head to the nearest Hahndorf bar, order a beer and say 'Prost!' with good company.

2. Hahndorf Inn

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Location:35 Main St, Hahndorf, SA

A must-visit local establishment, Hahndorf Inn is a pillar of the community. Serving up delicious German meals paired with famous German brews and desserts, you’ll be sure to walk away well fed.

Hahndorf Inn has a strong partnership with producers in Bavaria and Austria, which ensure their produce is as authentic as it can be.

Hahndorf Inn is the heart of the community serving up delicious German meals with famous German brews and desserts, you'll be sure to walk away well fed.

Browse the menu for a standout dish or choose one of the crowd favourites including pretzels, wiener schnitzels, the largest German hot dog in Australia, the Riesen Hot Dog, as well as bratwurst, bockwurst and weisswurst.

If a good, hard drink is what you’re after try some of their German beers including the Arcobräu schloss helles lager, or their selection of delicious schnapps including Barenjager honey vodka.

3. Tour a local winery

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Location: Various Locations, SA

The Adelaide Hills are alive with the smell of wine. Featuring a number of boutique wineries, you can tour the vineyards and visit the cellar doors to taste some of their latest drops.

In fact, there are over 90 wine labels and 50 cellar doors in the Adelaide Hills. Visitors will come across a few of these on a visit to Hahndorf.

View almost all the wine labels in one central place at the Adelaide Hills Wine Centre where nearly 60 of the regions award winning wines are on display. The centre is a great way for you to learn more about the wine while listening to experts. And you may even be tempted to make a purchase or two after tasting them.

If you wish to make a day of it- then add Bendbrook Wines, Hahndorf Hill Winery, Nepenthe, Scott & La Prova Somerled Wine Bar and The Lane to your cellar door wish list.

A must-do experience for wine lovers visiting the region, you could easily spend the entire day travelling from winery to winery, cellar door to cellar door sipping delicious drops of red and white wine and even purchasing a few bottles of the ones you liked.

Better yet, why not book a winery tour so you don't need to worry about driving or having someone in the group be your designated driver and missing out on the fun.

A must-do experience for wine lovers visiting the region, you could easily spend the entire day travelling from winery to winery, cellar door to cellar door sipping delicious drops of red and white wine and even purchasing a few bottles of the ones you liked.

With an organised tour, you can be taken to some of the region’s best wineries to enjoy tastings while learning about the wines and the vineyard itself.

The perfect way to enjoy an adult outing in the region, book yourself a spot on a tour through the Adelaide Hills to begin an awesome (and delicious) adventure in this popular South Australian region.

4. Beerenberg Strawberry Farm

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Location: Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf, SA

Pick punnets of strawberries fresh from the paddock at Beerenberg Farm. Picking season runs from November to April and gives visitors the chance to roam around the paddock and pick some of the biggest and juiciest strawberries they can find.

In operation since 1975, Beerenberg Farm welcomes hundreds of visitors through its gates every season.

Be sure to check their website before visiting as sometimes when the region hasn’t had any rain, or if the plants are all ‘picked out’, the farm will close its doors for a few days to allow the paddocks to replenish.

In operation since 1975, Beerenberg Farm welcomes hundreds of visitors through its gates every season.

Entry to the farm is $4 for visitors over the age of 13 and strawberries cost $9.95 per kilogram.

This is a fun activity for the whole family, couples or solo travellers to get outdoors in Hahndorf and see for yourself where our fresh Australian produce really comes from.

5. Gulf Brewery & Beer Garden

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Location: 81 Main Street Hahndorf, SA

Enjoy a pint or two (or three) from Hahndorf’s Gulf Brewery. The newly renovated microbrewery now features a delightfully relaxing beer garden where you could easily spend the whole afternoon.

Serving up a collection of boutique beers including Dunkel Sturm, Hump Back Pale Ale and Fish Tale Pilsner, you can try as many as you fancy or pick your favourite.

The newly renovated microbrewery now features a delightfully relaxing beer garden where you could easily spend the whole afternoon.

If you’re looking to sample a number of different brews, you can order a tasting paddle to try one of everything.

To accompany the beer, the bar also serves a number of small dishes from the bar, however, you don’t go for the food, you go for the beer.

6. Tour the region

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Location: Various Location, SA

See some of Hahndorf and its surrounding region’s best sights with an organised tour. Taking you to some of the state’s best attractions, you’ll be able to explore the beautiful region without the hassle of trying to navigate your own way around.

If you’re looking to visit Hahndorf just for the day you can book a sightseeing day tour from Adelaide.

This includes a tour of Adelaide itself as well as the popular township of Hahndorf.

Taking you to some of the state’s best attractions, you’ll be able to explore the beautiful region without the hassle of trying to navigate your own way around.

Alternatively, if you are staying in the Adelaide Hills region region then consider joining the Adelaide Hills and Hahndorf Hop On Hop Off tour to discover some of the best wines in the country as well as visiting other unique gems like the Melba's Chocolate Factory or the Woodside Cheeswrights.

No need to worry about your alcohol intake or forcing someone to be a designated driver. Sit back and let your guide take care of the driving and navigation so that you can bliss out enjoying the picturesque views of the hills and the wine buzz.

7. Pioneer Women's Trail

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Location: Various Locations, SA

Stretching around 22 kilometres, the Pioneer Women’s Trail is a scenic trail through a beautiful section of the Adelaide Hills.

Passing through native bushland and by historic homes, the trail was created to honour early European settlers who provided fresh produce to Adelaide.

Stretching around 22 kilometres, the Pioneer Women’s Trail is a scenic trail through a beautiful section of the Adelaide Hills.

An extended walk not for the faint-hearted, the trail takes around 7 to 10 hours to complete and if you’re not in a rush, can be extended to two days.

The Pioneer Women’s Trail is considered to be a class 3 and class 4 trail.

8. Hahndorf Sweets

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Location: 54a Main Street, Hahndorf, SA

Selling a lot of crowd-favourite sweets, candies and lollies, a visit to Hahndorf Sweets will take you back in time to your childhood.

With an old-time feel to the shopfront and staff on hand to help you out with your choices, you might lose at least an hour trying to decide which sweets to buy.

Selling a lot of crowd-favourite sweets, candies and lollies, a visit to Hahndorf Sweets will take you back in time to your childhood.

Some products include Coconut Ice, Almond and Honey Nougat, Scorched Almonds, Fried Eggs, Bean Boozled Jelly Beans, Choc Aniseed Rings, and various different flavours of fudge.

The shop is located on Main Street and is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm seven days a week. You can order your favourite sweets online or visit the shop to be transported to a candy wonderland.

9. Hahndorf Academy

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Location: 68 Main Street, Hahndorf, SA

Hahndorf Academy, located on Main Street, has been a school, a seminary, a hospital, and now an art gallery.

Standing in the community for 150 years, the Academy now houses an intriguing collection of artwork, ceramics, jewellery, sketches and more.

The Academy also houses the German Migration Museum, where you can learn about the region’s rich German history.

This is an art gallery with a difference; for not only can you admire the art but you can take an art class or join a workshop here.

Combining culture and history, Hahndorf Academy features a number of different exhibits throughout the year and is a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike.

The museum has free entry and is open daily from 10am to 5pm. If you are looking for a unique souvenir to take home with you then you just might find it here at the Academy Shop.

10. Alec Johnston Park

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Location: Main St, Hahndorf, SA

A great family-friendly attraction, Alec Johnston Park is an ideal destination for a picnic and play. Featuring a small playground, grassed area, barbecue facilities, picnic tables, and toilets, the park has all you’ll need to spend the afternoon lounging in the sun.

This is a great attraction for those looking for something to do that won’t break the budget. Entry to the park is free of charge as are the facilities.

This is a great attraction for those looking for something to do that won’t break the budget. Entry to the park is free of charge as are the facilities.

Take a break from sightseeing and give the kids a chance to stretch their legs and run around or perhaps you just want to enjoy a little picnic in the park.

The park is a perfect place for a little stopover before continuing on for further exploration in Hahndorf.

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