Hahndorf, the "German" Village

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Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement. Due to its preserved German heritage it has become a major tourist attraction. Too much of a tourist attraction for my taste, everything is heavily commercialized. The village has German bakers and butchers, restaurants and cafes serving German specialities – which means mostly Bavarian, although its origins have nothing to do with Bavaria. Hahndorf was settled by Lutheran Prussians, not Catholic Bavarians… but to people on the opposite side of the globe, “German” culture equals Bavarian. We had plenty of good laughs, in particular in souvenir shops like the so-called German Village Shop…

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photo by: Morle