Hearty Hospitality at the Hahndorf Inn

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 06/30/2017

Reading time: 3 mins

Hahndorf, set just outside of Adelaide in the rolling hills, is a unique town that brings a slice of Bavarian life to Australia.

Formed after German settlers arrived in the country back in the late 1800s, the town has continued to thrive as a top tourist destination, promising visitors the chance to experience Germany through food, drink, and activities.

The Hahndorf Inn sits less than half an hour outside of Adelaide and is named after the town. The family-owned venue dates back more than 150 years and brings visitors a hearty dose of Bavarian heritage, history, and hospitality. Food and drink served at the inn is both local and imported from suppliers in Bavaria and Austria to provide an authentic backdrop to proceedings.

The Hahndorf and the Holmes Family

The Holmes family own and run the Hahndorf Inn and have been doing so for five generations. German descendants of the family came ashore via the Hermann von Beckrath shop in Port Adelaide back in 1947 with the aim of settling in the Barossa Valley. The five generations that have been a part of the Inn have also owned and run several hotels throughout South Australia.

The Hahndorf Inn Today

Today, the Inn offers visitors a sumptuous selection of traditional German food and beer. Over the years, it has expanded to include the Arcobrau Brauhaus and the Adelaide Hills Wine Centre, giving you the chance to soak up the local vine flavours as well as traditional German beers.

Locals and tourists alike love the warm hospitality at the Inn, and its location just 20-minutes from Adelaide’s Central Business District means it’s within easy reach for anyone exploring the city.

Dishes served at the Hahndorf Inn are particularly memorable thanks to their rich German roots. Expect a menu filled with traditional favourites, like sausages, crispy pork knuckles, and hearty plates of ribs that are all cooked using age-old family recipes from Germany and beyond.

In the warm summer months, visitors can grab a bite to eat al fresco on the outdoor dining area, while open fires keep punters warm and cosy when the weather turns cooler. For smaller members of the family, there is an on-site children’s play area to keep little ones occupied.

Hahndorf’s proud German heritage is evident throughout the town but you don’t even have to leave the hustle and bustle of Adelaide to fully experience it. At the Hahndorf Inn, you have everything you need for a traditional Bavarian experience, including authentic beer and delicious home-cooked food.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.