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Here you will find information on Hahndorf, a historic German township, in the Adelaide Hills.  Choose your area of interest below:

Hahndorf Academy Hahndorf Churches
Hahndorf Tour Hahndorf Tourists


It is believed that the Hahndorf Academy was the beginning of cultural tourism in not only Hahndorf, but the Adelaide Hills and is the prime cultural tourist destination within the township today.

The Hahndorf Academy is the largest regional art gallery in South Australia attracting over 100,000 visitors each year. Regular changing exhibitions of local and national artists are held, a variety of artists in residence interact with the public in their studios, works by Sir Hans Heysen are on permanent display, a German Migration Museum attracts students from around Australia and a large, vibrant retail outlet are all features of the Academy.

Like with many things in the Hills, word of mouth plays a very important part and is generally known as the main reason for visitors to the region. If one person comes and has an enjoyable and memorable experience, then they are bound to share this with friends and family and so the word spreads.

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St Paul's Lutheran Church
> 10 Main St, Hahndorf SA 5245 - Ph: (08) 8388 7240 or (08) 8388 7206

Built in 1890 to celebrate the 50th. anniversary of the first Lutheran Church in Australia, it is located at the eastern end of Main St, just across Braun Dve, on the northern side of the road.

It was designed by Adelaide architect F.W. Dancker to replace the original St. Paul's, erected in Windsor Ave. in 1858. In 1846 a rift developed in Hahndorf's Lutheran Congregation over doctrinal differences, and until the new St. Paul's was completed, worshippers gathered at the old church under Pastor Kavel. The church bell was imported from Germany.

St. Michael's Lutheran Church
> Cnr Balhannah Rd & Church St, Hahndorf SA 5245 - Ph: (08) 8388 1225

Opened in 1859 and dedicated on St. Michael's Day, 1858, the St. Michael's Lutheran Congregation was established in 1839 and is the oldest surviving Lutheran congregation in Australia.

In 1840 a mud-walled church was built on the site of the present church and dedicated by Pastor Kavel. The St. Michael's congregation continued to worship here under Pastor Fritzsche following the split between the pair in 1846.

The church is located at the corner of Church St and Balhannah Rd.

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The South Australian Travel Centre offer a Hahndorf and Adelaide Hills Half Day Tour for AUD$43.00 (Departs daily at 1:30pm).

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon tour of the Adelaide Hills en route to the German Township of Hahndorf. Stroll along the shady century old Cork Elm trees lining the main street and see quaint cottages displaying unique wares and local crafts. Visit the Beerenberg Strawberry Farm and enjoy an afternoon tea at the German Cake Shop.

For more information, please visit:

To book your tour, please visit or contact them:

Ph: (08) 8217 6177
Fx: (08) 8231 5771
Lwr Ground Floor,
18-20 Grenfell St,
Adelaide, SA 5000

Ph: (03) 9642 1004
Fx: (03) 9640 0177
200 Queen Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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The annual number of tourists visiting Hahndorf is more than 100,000 per annum, but I'm not sure of the spread over each month. Your best bet would be to contact the Hahndorf Tourism Info Centre directly for further information and updates:

Hahndorf Tourism Information Centre
41 Main St,
Hahndorf SA 5245
Ph: (08) 8388 1185

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