Friday, December 27, 2013

Adelaide Journals 2013: Drive to Hahndorf!

12.27.2013 – The road trip to Hahndorf in South Australia was a smooth ride via the South Eastern Freeway. It was 15 to 30 minute drive from the city of Marion, which was not bad when you say you’ll get there in time with minimal traffic next to none.

How often do you see traffic in Adelaide? The only thing that makes everyone stop is either there was a road mishap or construction happening at that moment. But today there wasn't any hassle save that for some who lacked sleep last night. Hahndorf is a tourist spot you should not miss trying to make a visit and it’s a historical place.

It is a small town in Adelaide Hills region of South Australia, which was previously known as the centre for farming and services. The town settled by Lutheran migrants largely from in and around a small village then named Kay in Prussia, many of whom were aboard the Zebra arriving on 28 December 1838.

Named after Danish Dirk Meinhertz Hahn, captain of the Zebra and this is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. The town has two Lutheran Churches (St. Michael and St. Paul) and most establishments served authentic German cuisine.

We had the privilege to dine at The Haus after a long drive and enjoyed the scenery after having a scrumptious meal. Passing by the Aboriginal Art House seeing original art by the natives, and a quick look at the German Village Shop having a look at some knick knacks in the store was something worth coming back.

Hahndorf has gone through a lot of changes over the years and at one point due to the First World War in Europe the South Australian Government changed many German places in 1917 including the town’s name to Ambleside after nearby railway station. This remained through the 1930s until it reverted back to Hahndorf. But you might see some references to the name Ambleside in and around the town today.

There are popular destinations in Hahndorf one of them has to do with one of their well-known former residents in Sir Hansen Heysen who established “The Cedars” in 1912, which remained his home and studio until his death in 1968. “The Cedars” remained with his family and has become one of the places to see in Hahndorf.

This is quite a popular place if you’re in Adelaide and not surely to be missed visiting while you’re on vacation or just passing through. For more of Hahndorf visit the official website at:

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