Hahndorf (Pop. 1,700) lies approximately 20 miles east from Adelaide up in the hills and is close to many wineries. I went during the autumn time when the trees were changing.
This German community is named after Dirk Hahn who captained the ship, The Zebra, back in 1838 during the voyage from Hamburg to South Australia carrying Lutheran migrants from Prussia.
The town has a German feel with much of the architecture in the traditional German fachwerk style and many restaurants serving German food and drink. It attracts quite a few tourists (and motorcyclists) and, for those of you that know San Diego, has a similar feel to the little mountain town of Julian (famous for its apple pies).
I noticed there were quite a few people speaking German and I must say, the food I had was authentically German.
For you Austinites out there, this is the ‘Fredericksburg’ of Adelaide.