Adelaide / Australia
The squarely laid-out inner city with about 1.1 million inhabitants is similar to that of Melbourne and Christchurch (New Zealand). It has been planned from the outset as a business district. Adelaide is held in strict architecture and is surrounded by the leisurely flowing Torrens River. A few years ago Adelaide was rather dull and puritanical. With the arrival of the artists scene in North Adelaide, this picture has however changed fundamentally and Adelaide is getting increasingly cosmopolitan.
The suburb Glenelg comes very close to the English models. Old residential houses, snug inns and many restaurants characterize this place. The beaches are from Marino to Osborn invite for a swim. The beach at Glenelg is just one part of the many kilometer-long beach. Maslin Beach is one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in the country. The beautiful countryside is reminiscent of a lunar landscape. On the one side the sea and on the other a jagged rock landscape. Another plus is an attractive hinterland, for example, the forested low mountain range of the Adelaide Hills and the Mount Lofty Range.
The old Parliament House (built in 1855) in North Terrrace, features interesting exhibitions about the history of the state, the South Australia Museum with its ethnographical collections of former aborigines culture and the Migration- and Settlement Museum. A former prison, where you can view real old gallows, you can find with the Old Gaol in North Terrace / Gaol Road. The famous place of excursion, Hahndorf (found in 1839) (29 kilometres easterly, in the Adelaide Hills) has got a lively German tradition with active craftwork, festivals, culinary specialities such as "Wiener Würstel", Brezeln and Rösti. Hahndorf walks a fine line between art and knickknack and has many attractive pioneer cottages to show. Port Adelaide is good for a walk to the "buildings with history": a police station from 1860; an old warehouse from 1865. Here you can find on a short, marked walking-tour many houses from the 19th century open for sightseeing. The Adelaide Arcade is a luxurious shopping arcade with the flair from the turn of the century. Rundle Mall & Unley Road. A great shopping magnet is also the Marion Shoppingtown in the Stuart Road. The large market hall of the Central Market is worth a visit. Since 1870, fruit, vegetables and fish is sold here.