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by Josie Milton (subscribe)
Josie Milton is a passionate writer and professional Web and Video Presenter for Adelaide based Media Company www.besceneonline.com.au.
Published April 23rd 2012
Quietly tucked away in the picturesque Adelaide Hills is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement; Hahndorf.

Photographer:Yeti Hunter (Wikimedia Commons)


This quaint village is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but also boasts no fewer than ninety buildings along the leafy main street. These buildings, dating back to 1800s, each seem to have their own secrets to reveal and stories to tell, all equally inviting, enticing and enchanting.

No matter whether you're a Local or a Tourist, Hahndorf is a must-see attraction as it offers something for everyone. If you're a foodie, you will be in heaven in Hahndorf. Restaurants, Pubs, Cafes, Bakeries; Hahndorf has it all. Visit the German Cake shop for a delicious dessert, the German Arms Hotel for a hot, hearty meal or even the famous lolly shop; Humbugs of Hahndorf, for a sweet treat. Be tempted by a huge range of local and imported sweets including thirty varieties of original Hahndorf Fudge, made locally since 1998. You will also find Dutch Licorice, German Chocolate, imported drinks, sugar free sweets, gluten free sweets and a huge range of Pick-n-Mix sweets and chocolates. Humbugs selection of English, European, American and Australian sweets will definitely tempt your sweet tooth.

Hahndorf also offers a variety of souvenir shops ranging from weird and wacky, to classic and traditional. One of the most famous is the Leather Shop which oozes charm and character. The smell of leather instantly engulfs the senses upon entrance, and around each dimly-lit corner are more bizarre and brilliant leather items to de discovered, ranging from hats, belts, dog collars, boots, skins, beer coolers and the list goes on. If you haven't experienced the Leather Shop, you simply haven't experienced Hahndorf.

As for the children, there are not only lollies, home-made ice-cream and a beautiful grassy park equip with play-ground, there's also the Fairy Garden. The Fairy Garden is a magical, inviting, themed shop specializing in all things 'Fairy', from hand-made statues and magical mushrooms to tiny doors and the Wishing Well (the Wish-u-Well). In this enchanting garden-like shop, Children are encouraged to engage with nature and use their imagination. The Fairy Garden is certainly a must-see for children and adults alike.

After a few hours of exploring, shopping and sight-seeing, what better way to finish off a day in Hahndorf than with a glass of local wine? Situated less than one kilometre from the main street is the Hahndorf Hill Winery. Set in the heart of a lush, rolling vineyard, this stunning Cellar Door is open seven days a week, 10am 5pm, for food-friendly wine tastings. Hahndorf Hill Winery has been rated in the top ten Cellar Doors in Australia by Wine Business Magazine and also offers you the unique ChocoVino Experience where you are invited to sample their fine wines matched to the world's most luxurious chocolate. So sit back and relax with an exquisite, boutique wine, breathtaking views and a warm, comfortable atmosphere, and if you get too comfortable, you can even stay for dinner in the indulgent, renowned Hahndorf Hill restaurant.

For anyone visiting South Australia, Hahndorf simply must be on your 'to do' list. Take a stroll down the main street and really take in the history of Hahndorf. Each building is beautifully restored and maintained, capturing the true essence of this magnificent German Village. Historic, inviting, educational, magical, family-friendly; Hahndorf has it all. It really is the perfect place for a peaceful lunch, quality time with the family, to pick up a unique gift or for a spot of shopping. Escape the rat-race and discover tranquil Historic Hahndorf today.
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Why? Hahndorf is part of South Australia's history and has something for everyone.
When: Most shops are open 7 days a week, every day apart from Christmas day.
Where: Hahndorf SA 5245
Cost: Free
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