Posted by: travelrat | July 9, 2012



Hahndorf: 30th March 2012.

High in the Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf has always had the reputation of being ‘more German than Germany’. Which isn’t really surprising, as it was founded by German settlers fleeing religious persecution in their homeland, and named after the captain of the ship which brought them out.

The ship was called the Zebra, captained by one Dirk Hahn. Captain Hahn helped the migrants immensely, both on the voyage and after they landed, helping them to obtain the land on which they settled. So grateful to him were they that they named their village after him … Hahndorf.

Then came the First World War, and a wave of anti-German sentiment, which caused several villages in the area to have their names changed to more English-sounding ones. Hahndorf became Ambleside. The name changed back to the original one after the War … but the ‘authorities’ who ordered the change didn’t seem to have noticed that Captain Hahn wasn’t German at all … he was Danish!

Nowadays, it’s home to boutiques, craft shops and restaurants. But, the buildings they occupy are still mainly traditional, and the High Street, in which most of them stand, are lined with maple trees which are ablaze with colour in the Autumn.

It was also home to South Australia’s most famous painter, Sir Hans Heysen. We have a couple of prints of his paintings on our walls. In fact, I think this is the first time we’ve visited Hahndorf and not come away with pictures. Except, of course, for the photos I took.

We had lunch in … wait for it … the German Arms, which is mainly noted for selling the unfortunately named Duff Beer. Of course, I had to buy some; it lived up to its name; it’s not beer I’d cross town to buy. You can get good beer in Hahndorf, though; the boutique brewery Grumpy’s Brewhaus is just on the outskirts.

I didn’t see any Grumpy’s at the German Arms, but, their Jaegerschnitzel was worth walking miles for. Unfortunately, I’d half eaten it before I thought to photograph it.

You can see my short video of Hahndorf on my Facebook page, at!/photo.php?v=228132093971206



  1. I’m confused. This was in March… so why are the leaves on the trees red like in the Fall?

    • It IS the autumn! Seasons are bass-ackwards in the Southern Hemisphere! 😀

  2. The trees look fantastic and I love the guy at the bottom. Interesting history of the area!

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