Luderitz Tourist Attractions Namibia

Luderitz Tourist Attractions Namibia

  • In Lüderitz a number of luxurious villas sprung up, mostly double storeyed, which became known as diamond palaces. One of these was the so-called Goerke House, the villa of the mine inspector for a German diamond-mining company. More Info
  • Kolmanskop Ghost Town
    Luderitz Tourist Attractions
    Kolmanskop (Afrikaans for Coleman's hill, German: Kolmannskuppe) is a ghost town in the Namib desert in southern Namibia, a few kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was named after a transport driver named Johnny Coleman who,... More Info
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lüderitz
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    The Evangelical Lutheran Church, popularly known as the Felsenkirche (literally: “church on the rocks”), is the highest placed of all the buildings in Lüderitz. The German name comes from the fact that its foundations are... More Info
  • Site of Original Dias Cross, Lüderitz
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    In 1488, while homeward bound from his pioneering voyage around the Cape of Good Hope into the Indian Ocean, Bartolomeu Dias sailed into the inlet presently known as Lüdertiz Bay. At the extreme western promontory of the bay he raised a... More Info
  • Station building, Lüderitz
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    The Lüderitz-Keetmanshoop railway line was mainly built to supply infrastructure to assist the suppression of the Nama rebellions that erupted in southern Namibia in 1904. Due to the long communication lines between Swakopmund and the interior,... More Info

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Luderitz Information

Luderitz's historical significance is that it was the first German enclave in South West Africa, now Namibia.

Lüderitz derives its name from a German merchant of Bremen called Adolf Lüderitz who, in 1883, founded a trading station in the bay here on land bought from the chief at Bethanien.

In 1884 Otto von Bismarck, the German chancellor, declared Lüderitz Bay a German protectorate which was the beginning of the German presence in South West Africa. Walvis Bay having been already occupied by the British, Lüderitz remained a harbour of significance with a thriving fishing industry.

With the re-integration of Walvis Bay into independent Namibia, Lüderitz's importance as a port is less than in the past but it remains a place of interest with some fine examples of German colonial architecture as well as two ghost towns, Kolmans Kop and Elizabeth Bay, within motoring distance (by arrangement).

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