Hahndorf is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia. The original Lutheran pioneers came to South Australia to escape religious persecution in Prussia. Many were passengers on the “Zebra” which reached Adelaide on 28th December 1838. The township was named Hahndorf (Hahn’s Town) after the master of the ship, who helped them find farming land and settle together. Some of the older buildings exhibit traditional characteristics such as ‘fachwerk’ with timber framing and wattle and daub infill panels and deeply pitched roofs. The world famous artist Sir Hans Heysen lived and worked in the township for more than 60 years and his historic property, home garden and studios are open daily to the public, and remain one of the township’s unique cultural experiences. The Hahndorf Academy (regional art gallery) hosts the Annual Heysen Prize. Hahndorf today is a thriving tourism town with restaurants, motels, galleries, craft shops, handcrafts, special events and festivals, catering to the large number of visitors.
places of interest
Sir Hans Heysen’s famous historic home Garden and Studio. Nora Heysen Gallery Open to the public daily.
Regional Gallery, German Migration Museum, Artist’s Working Studios.
Beerenberg Strawberry Farm
Pick your own strawberries!
Take a stroll down the historic main street of Hahndorf.
Hahndorf Recreation Grounds
Echunga Road, Hahndorf (Continuation of Pine Avenue)
Oval, tennis/netball courts, soccer pitch and practice cricket pitch