Windhoek Tourist Attractions Namibia

Windhoek Tourist Attractions Namibia

  • Gibeon Meteorites - Post Street Mall
    Windhoek Tourist Attractions
    The 30 Gibeon Meteorites, 600 million years old, are mounted on steel columns in Post Street Mall. Between 1911 and 1913, Dr. Paul Range, the State Geologists for the Government of German SWA, collected 37 meteorite fragments in the Gibeon area.... More Info
  • Alte Feste - Robert Mugabe Avenue
    Windhoek Tourist Attractions
    One of the oldest buildings in Windhoek with its cornerstone laid in 1890. The Alte Feste served as military headquarters until 1915 and then as a hostel for the Windhoek High School up to 1935. More Info
  • Kudu Statue
    Windhoek Tourist Attractions
    Independence Avenue and John Meinert StreetA visiting sculptor, Professor Fritz Behn of Munich, once drew a kudu in the guest book of Mrs. Olga Levinson, former President of the Art Association. "What a marvelous monument that would make",... More Info
  • Heroe's Acre
    Windhoek Tourist Attractions
    About 5 km south of Windhoek on the road to Rehoboth Heroe's Acre is a memorial, constructed in 2002, in recognition and remembrance of the extraordinary sons and daughters, who contributed immensely to the fight for Namibia's independence, freedom... More Info
  • Christuskirche Windhoek
    Windhoek Tourist Attractions
    The Christus Kirche was designed by Gottlieb Redecker, a German government architect, who drew up the first designs in 1900 and 1901. The final plans weren't completed until 1906 as there was the Herero and Nama uprisings against German colonial... More Info
  • Fort Francois - Khomas Hochland
    Windhoek Tourist Attractions
    Located approximately 50km west of Windhoek on the C28 Fort Francois is a popular stop. More Info
  • Statue of Curt von Francois
    Windhoek Tourist Attractions
    Outside the Municipal building stands the 2.4 m high-bronze statue of Curt von Francois, gazing down Independence Avenue. It was unveiled on October 18, 1965 during the 75-year anniversary celebrations of Windhoek. More Info
  • Castles
    Windhoek Tourist Attractions
    As you leave Klein Windhoek there are three castles to your right. The most visible is Schwerinsburg, which was built in 1891. After it was built it served as a restaurant called "Sperlingslust" before being turned into a private home.... More Info
  • Boshua Pass C28
    Windhoek Tourist Attractions
    Bosua Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,728m above the sea level, located in central Namibia. The pass is located on the C28 road. The road over the pass, also known as Boshua Pass, is one of the Namibia's steepest routes, reaching... More Info
  • Liebig House - Khomas Hochland
    Windhoek Tourist Attractions
    About 50km from Windhoek on the Khomashochland Road C28 a Gravel road to Swakopmund traveller will see see a large dilapidated building - The Liebig House. More Info
  • Tintenpalast - Mugabe Avenue
    Windhoek Tourist Attractions
    The government administrative office set in large gardens overlooking Windhoek, are known as the "Tintenpalast", which translated from German means "palace of ink". Government administrators, it seems, were using a lot of ink. More Info

Windhoek Map

Windhoek Information

Ever since the establishment of German South West Africa (now Namibia, of course) Windhoek has been the capital city. The name Windhoek was actually the name of a farm in the Cape Province.

A Hottentot (Khoi) chieftan who had been born on that farm gave the name to the place where Windhoek stands to-day. Before that it had been called Aigams by the Khoi people, which means 'hot water' due to the hot springs there. These springs had also led earlier in 1836 to the British explorer, Sir James Alexander, naming it Queen Adelaide's Bath. At some 5,000 feet above sea level, Windhoek is somewhat cooler than the lowlands.

When Germany proclaimed sovereignty over South West Africa in 1884 they retained the name, albeit with German spelling Windhuk, when in 1890 they came to Windhoek. In the long term, however, the name Windhoek has stuck.

The Germans established the town itself in a rocky and hilly but well-treed area of a valley near the source of the Swakop river.

Some 50 kms west of the town Major von Francois established a fort which served not only as the military stronghold for the Windhoek region but also for a while as the centre of administration for the colony.

In 1902, Windhoek was connected to Swakopmund via a narrow gauge railway. As the town developed, some substantial colonial buildings were erected, some of which still stand including the headquarters of the colony's administration built to bring the administrators back from the fort, which became known as the Tintenpalast or 'Ink Palace'.

Today Windhoek reflects a amalgamation of it's history, the influences of its African and European cultures are evident everywhere.

Windhoek offers travellers all the modern amenities and it is also regarded as one of the cleanest African cities.

Within a short drive from the city are the Daan Viljoen game park, Fort Francois and the Liebig House, an abandoned German-style dwelling house.

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