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Published July 31st 2013
Have you never been fortunate enough to travel to Europe before? If so you're very lucky. If you're like me and are still dreaming for that day to come, why not travel your way up to Hahndorf and grasp just a little taste of what Europe's culture has to offer in our own hometown of Adelaide?
Every year my family puts our regular Sunday mornings aside to take on a short road trip up to the Adelaide Hills. But a forty-five minute car trip isn't the only way to get to Hahndorf, there are bus roots giving everyone great access to the historic location.
Anyone that knows me would tell you I am a summer person, although there was something about the leafless trees framing the roads, green lush scenery and the old village architecture that drew me to love the cold and frosty day. It was raining but that just added to the effect of looking like a little town in the UK.
[ADVERT]My dad suggested this year to have lunch at the German Arms Hotel, a classic pub that always seemed very busy each year we wondered passed. Although we had not booked, the friendly staff greeted my family with warm welcoming smiles and assured us they would find us a table. Luckily, we found a perfect table for five beside their large fireplace.
Their main meals are on the pricier side, but my oh my do you get a lot for your buck. There is something for everone, and perfect comfort foods for a winters day. My brothers eyes grew wide as the waiter arrived with his Giant Hot Dog and my whole family "oohed" and "ahhed" at the biggest German hot day they have ever laid eyes on.
While he accepted the challenge of eating his enormous lunch serving, I took my time enjoying my delicious chicken schnitzel burger while I admired the charming wintery day from inside and chatted with the table.
I loved what I ordered and so did my family. We are already planning to go back next year. My only suggestion for dining at the German Arms Hotel is to eat a very light breakfast or even nothing at all as it's very hard to finish everything on your plate!
Once we waiting for the rain to stop we wondered the wet streets, walking into novelty stores and anything that caught our eye. It was really nice to walk around for a while to digest our large meals and browse the small stores.
Towards the end of the day my fingers turned purple and the car windows were frosted as we drove though the pretty icy scenery, held our breath through the orange coloured tunnel as tradition, and munched on sweets that we purchased from a small British candy store. It was a beautiful and relaxing day, which made me want to travel and discover even more cultures than ever before.