One of the South Australia's most popular towns, Hahndorf is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement established in 1839 by Prussian and Silesian immigrants fleeing religious persecution. Immensely popular with visitors from all over the world, Hahndorf has plenty of souvenir shops, craft outlets and galleries, including the Hahndorf Academy, which exhibits work by local artists.

The town retains its strong German heritage, most evident in smallgood outlets and German bakeries lining the bustling main street. Two pubs, several cafes and good restaurants mean you'll never go hungry. You can pick your own strawberries and stock up on homemade jams and preserves at Beerenberg, two kilometres out of town.

Another great attraction is The Cedars, the former home and studio of renowned Australian landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen. It's open to the public daily (except Monday), providing a fascinating insight into the artist's life and loves. Further afield, you'll find many good winery cellar doors, including Hahndorf Hill Winery.

The original settlers farmed the fertile land around Hahndorf and sold their produce in Adelaide, often making the 25-kilometre journey on foot. Today, 100-year-old elm and plane trees line the main street, and you'll find many original buildings in excellent condition.

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