Hahndorf, not that l dropped this long ago was a distant weekend hideaway for the weekend tourist. That has now all changed. The freeway has dropped this lifestyle town to within 20 minutes to the heart of the Adelaide City. Hahndorf will soon be a suburb so get up to the town soon.

The town was settled by Lutheran migrants largely from in and around a small village then named "Kay" in Prussia many of which were aboard the Zebra the town is named after Danish Captain Dirk Meinhertz Hahn, who was captain of the Zebra.

Due to the WW1 in Europe, in 1917 the South Australian Government changed many German place names the name Hahndorf was changed to Ambleside after the town in North West England Lutheran Church of Australia., and this remained until the late 1930s, when it reverted to Hahndorf. There are still references to the name Ambleside in and around the town today.

St Michael's is the oldest Lutheran church in Australia to still have a worshipping congregation on its original church site. Founded in 1839. St Michael's is a member of the Lutheran church of Australia.

St Paul's was founded in 1946, as a result of a schism between the Pastor Kavel and Pastor Fritzche  . This schism is closely linked to the formation of two original Lutheran synods in Australia which coexisted until their merger in 1966.

There are two Museums in Hahndorf. One private, but free upon request.

The Hotels in Hahndorf have touristised, along with the rest of the town.

The Hahndorf War Memorial is modest. The Pioneer Acknowledgement bold. This reflects the town’s history.

If you wish to visit do not go at a weekend. A madhouse would we suspect await the visitor.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
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Laundry Toilets
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Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
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Scenic Swimming
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Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
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Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
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