Windhoek

Windhoek

The capital city of Namibia is Windhoek. With a population of 130,000 it isn’t a large city, smaller than a lot of towns in Great-Britain. Here German missionaries founded a post in 1871. It was named later by the Africans. The city is easily explored by foot.

The centre is an eclectic mixture of German colonial buildings and modern buildings painted in fresh pastel shades. The Evangelistic-Lutheran Christuskirche in Art Nouveau style is particularly striking. Nearby you will find the current parliament building, the Tintenpalast. The Alte Feste Museum is located in an old fort the German colonizers left behind. It includes the colonial history and is also nearby. You might want to visit the station. It was designed by a Dutch architect, commissioned by the people of South-Africa. The building is rather similar to the old stations which can still be found in the Netherlands.

In 1837 the south was hit by meteorites, and more than 21 tonnes of space stones landed in the desert. 33 of these stones are exhibited in a shopping centre in Post Street.

If you have time, you should visit the small Windhoek Valley, which has lovely views over the capital. You might want to have lunch at Hotel Heinitzburg with a fantastic view over Windhoek, or visit Joe’s Beerhouse, both highly recommended.