This picturesque village, settled by Prussian migrants in the 19th century, is a kids’ paradise (and fun for adults too). Wander down the German-style main street, lined with lovely old trees, and let yourself be tempted into every little shop. Sample the humbugs, ice-creams, wursts, cheeses, chocolate fondues and German confectionery. Spend hours looking at marionettes and cuckoo clocks, German costumes and carved wooden Christmas ornaments. Wander into a fairy dell and lose yourself in a fantasy world of talking frogs and flower fairies.
Hahndorf Tourist Office, 1800 353 323
FREE; VARIOUS PRICES FOR ACTIVITIES
■ Misty Hollow, at 56 Main Street – a delightful miniature land, complete with tinkling stream, all under cover. See animated fairies, frogs and other fairytale creatures in a fantasy woodland setting. Enter through a shop filled with fantasy toys and gifts, and purchase a ticket (budget) to the world of Misty Hollow.
The village is named after Dirk Hahn, captain of a ship that carried a group of Prussian immigrants to South Australia in 1838. It was a terrible, dangerous sea voyage and the passengers were so grateful to the captain who brought them safely to land that they immortalised his name. You can see memorials to Hahn and those pioneering families in the Pioneer Gardens in Main Street.
■ Hahndorf is a good base from which to explore the Adelaide Hills. See The Manna for one suggestion, but there are lots of places within walking distance of the Main Street attractions.