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David has a beer


18:00 AEST Thu Sep 23 2004

David finds it hot & spicy in South Australia, where the hills are certainly alive, but to the sound of German beer!

Hahndorf was founded in 1839 by a group of German Lutherans who were attempting to escape religious persecution. Australia's oldest surviving German settlement is a little piece of Silesia, Prussia and Germany in the Adelaide Hills

The town is lined with craft shops, museums, galleries, coffee shops and a cellar door. Ariana Kiermeier is Hahndorf's Burgermeister. Every town in Germany has one and the tradition is followed in South Australia.

Ariana's honorary job involves promoting Hahndorf and acting as its ambassador. She takes guided tours in English and German, keeps in contact with media and attends conferences, seminars and festivals.

The Hahndorf Inn was built in 1863 and most visitors to the town stop by for a drink or meal. It has three German beers on tap, imported straight from the Munich Hoffbrauhaus. Decor, of course, is traditional German style — lots of dark wood, open fireplaces, stained-glass windows, furniture made from old barrels and plenty of old pictures. All food served is sourced locally and there are many typical German dishes — bratwurst, kransky, sauerkraut, pork knuckle and leberkase.

Hahndorf Smallgoods on the main street is famous for its dried smoked sausages. Their X-rated sausage has chilli inside and is then rolled in chilli, so not for the faint-hearted! Another of their big sellers is a sauce made of pickled onions and hot mustard.

The German Cake Shop has been in business for more than 30 years. They still bake traditional German sweets, as well as rye and black breads, crusty rolls, huge pretzels, beesting cakes filled with custard, strudel, Blackforest and other delicacies. Its 100-seat restaurant serves German lunches of sausages, potato pancakes, mixed grill with sauerkraut, quiche and spicy beef goulash.


29km south-east of Adelaide


The Burgermeister takes tours of Hahndorf for a small donation. Bookings can be made through the Hahndorf Tourist Information Centre and are available all year round.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre
41 Main Street
Hahndorf 5245
Ph: (08) 8388 1185, 1800 353 323

Hahndorf Smallgoods
37 Main Street
Hahndorf 5245
Ph: (08) 8388 1555

Hahndorf Inn
35 Main Street
Hahndorf 5345
Ph: (08) 8388 7063

Qantas: 13 13 13

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