Germany in SA

A little slice (the irony doesn’t escape me) of Germany, found in South Australia. Hahndorf was built by Prussian settlers in 1839. They did a wonderful job.

The streets are littered with cottage industries and have been since the settlers originally built the foundations of what is now a thriving little town. German culture is celebrated; cafes, bakeries, a butcher shop, breweries, leatherworking, cuckoo clocks, timber toys, galleries, alpaca jumpers, coats, hats, even undies. Perhaps some of the above is not of German tradition. It certainly is all well-made and a thriving cottage industry.

Sacrificing ourselves for the greater good, unselfishly and with no regard for our own safety, we jump on the sword, and decide to be the beefeaters of the modern cultured Adelaide community. That’s right, we to put ourselves at risk, with no consideration to our own wellbeing to ensure that the coffee, strudel, friand and pretzels are up to taste, texture and visual appeal standards.

They are.

Furthermore, it was decided to taste the multiple choice paddle of locally brewed beers, again only considering the wellbeing of others.

It is also good.

So feel free to visit and consume. Tried and tested…approved. No need for thanks, we do what we can.

The streets are filled with families, noise, laughter, children, Porsches, colour, music, havoc and joy. Twentyish minutes from Adelaide, allows the cashed up masses to descend on this small town, with its outstretched arms. The German Arms pub to be specific. An easy drive from town and a lovely day overall.

A South Australian delight, the FruChocs is virtually health food…seriously, well perhaps not seriously. Fruit-centered with chocolate (french vouch for it) outer layer. Yes, it might not be German, but who cares. They are YUM.

It is worth a look.


  1. Wish I was in your back-pack! Hahndorf academy is a gallery with display of Hans heysenโ€™s work -my fav. Painter of gum trees.

    • We went back today to see the paintings. The gallery had closed so we missed them twice. I’m going to look at them on the net. Ha Ha.

  2. FRUCHOCS!!! Do you guys remember when I used to bring them back each time I went to SA? Also, my friend Bob sending them up in the mail? Yum! I would ask for you to bring some home, but donโ€™t think they would survive the trip (hey Unkee Lez? ๐Ÿ˜‚). If only I knew there was a shop dedicated to their chocolatey goodness! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  3. What an exciting place to visit. My ancestors came from Prussia. Did they have bratwurst and sauerkraut? Very popular in Wisconsin where we come from and is a very German state. We had it for dinner last night.

  4. OMG. Cannot tell you how much I love Fruchocs! And Hahndorf is so cool! So many Germans visit and say it is the land that time forgot. They say thereโ€™s nothing like it in Germany. A real slice of their 1800s.

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