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Home-cooked Hahndorf

11:00 AEST Thu Jul 22 2010
On an ancestral search of Ireland with Getaway, Dermott Brereton discovered he has a considerable amount of German blood. He's always enjoyed a stein of Guinness, sauerkraut and pork sausage, and now when he gets the urge he only has to travel as far as the Adelaide Hills to the very German town of Hahndorf.

Hahndorf is a quaint town just 25 minutes from Adelaide, but it's not all about cuckoo clocks and lederhosen. Settled in 1839 by Lutherans escaping religious persecution in Prussia, bratwurst and beer are in abundance and Dermott met Walter, the local Bavarian accordion player.

Walter told Dermott that there are so many people of German extraction in Hahndorf mainly because of the lure of the gold rush in the early 1800s. Their influence is evident in beautiful stone buildings, memorials and ancestors of pioneering families. Many restaurants in town serve hearty German cuisine. All that's missing is the snow.

Chocolate @ No.5

Apart from being its address in Main Street, Chocolate @ No.5's owner Sophie and Peter Zervas' establishment conjures up the stylishness of Chanel. They sell as much sweet stuff as you can handle and have been rewarded with many accolades for business and tourism.

Despite Belgian sugared waffles drizzled with melted chocolate not being German, Dermott was happy to jump the fence to savour them. He wasn't disappointed.

The cafe is in a stone cottage built in the 1850s and is full of fine chocolate, hot chocolate, chocolate desserts, cakes and milkshakes. Chocolatier Steven ter Horst must have one of the best jobs in the world.

Taste in Hahndorf

One of the top providores in Hahndorf, this is where those in the know go to purchase the spicy sausage they love so much. As hot as they are, some children love them, and for some grown-ups the hot sausage is the perfect excuse to cool off with a cold ale.

It's not all about chilli — they have wonderful German-style smallgoods, cheeses and confectionery.

Harris Smokehouse

The fourth-generation, family-owned and operated smokehouse continues the time-honoured tradition of subtle, smoky seafood. The process delicately ripens an enormous range of favourites such as salmon, prawns, oysters, eel, mackerel, kippers and South Australian yellowtail kingfish.

Their range of premium smoked foods have been cured by traditional methods using traditional oak wood and the original flavours remain true. They have plenty of recipes so you get the most out of your purchase.

Udder Delights

For cheese lovers, this family affair is like a vineyard cellar door except it is a cheese cellar door. The Dunford family started out with a few goats and sold milk. That led to 40 goats and that led to a cheese factory.

They not only sell their own range but other local, Australian and imported cheeses. They also have a wonderful range of antipasto, dips, crackers, glace fruit and other delicacies. Visitors can enjoy a stop at the licensed cafe to sample their coffee and cakes or pick up the goodies for a picnic.

They run interactive cheese and winemaster classes and sell all the necessary ingredients for you to try your hand at making your own cheese at home.


Hahndorf, 25 minutes from Adelaide in the Adelaide Hills.


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Virgin Blue has one-way flights to Adelaide from:

  • Melbourne $79
  • Sydney $119
  • Canberra $129
  • Brisbane and Hobart $139
  • Perth $175
  • Darwin $239

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at July 22, 2010, and are subject to change.

Prices correct at July 22, 2010.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789


Chocolate @ No.5
5 Main Street
Hahndorf 5245
Ph: (08) 8388 1835

Taste in Hahndorf
35B Main Street
Hahndorf 5245
Ph: (08) 8388 7388

Harris Smokehouse
37 Main Road
Hahndorf 5245
Ph: (08) 8388 7000

Udder Delights
91A Main Street
Hahndorf 5245
Ph: (08) 8388 1588

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