Top Things to do in Hahndorf

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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.

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Top 10 Things to do in - Hahndorf and surrounds

German Culture
Hahndorf Inn
Winery Tours
Strawberry Picking
Gulf Brewery’s Beer Garden
Region Tour
Pioneer Women's Trail
Hahndorf Sweets
Hahndorf Academy
Alec Johnson Park

1. Get amongst the German culture

Location:Various locations

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.

2. Dine at Hahndorf Inn

Location:35 Main St, Hahndorf

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.

3. Tour local wineries

Location:Various locations

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 visit some of the region’s best wineries to enjoy tastings while learning about the wines and the vineyard itself.

4. Pick strawberries at Beerenberg Farm

Location:Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf

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.

5. Enjoy a drink at Gulf Brewery’s beer garden

Location:81 Main St, Hahndorf

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.

6. Explore the region

Location:Various location

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 if Adelaide itself as well as the popular township of Hahndorf.

7. Follow the Pioneer Women's Trail

Location:Various location

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. 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. Buy sweets from Hahndorf Sweets

Location:54A Main St, Hahndorf

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.

9. Browse Hahndorf Academy

Location:68 Main St, Hahndorf

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. 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.

10. Relax in Alec Johnston Park

Location:Main St, Hahndorf

A great family-friendly attraction, Alec Johnston Park is an ideal destination for a picnic and play. Featuring a small playground, grassed area, barbeque 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.