Swakopmund Tourist Attractions Namibia

Swakopmund Tourist Attractions Namibia

  • Swakopmund Architecture
    Swakopmund Tourist Attractions
    Swakopmund is rich in Architectual history, dating back to the period from 1884 through 1915 when Swakopmund was the main port for the area. With German South-West Africa as a German Protectorate, a very strong German influence can be seen in the... More Info
  • Hansa Hotel
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    Hansa Hotel Erected 1905, and now used as shops and office. A new wing was build in 1950 and is still in use today as one of Swakopmund upmarket hotels. More Info
  • The War Memorial
    Swakopmund Tourist Attractions
    Opposite the State House (Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht) towards the sea you will find a war memorial, commemorating the soldiers that died in the two world wars. More Info
  • Die Kaserne - Swakopmund
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    "Die Kasene" built in 1905 served as a barracks for the engineers regiment sent to Swakopmund to fight in the Herero uprising and construct a landing pier and railway line to the interior. The typical German Colonial style building's... More Info
  • Hohenzollern Building
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    One of the finest colonial buildings in Swakopmund is the Hohenzollern Building, on the corner of Libertina Amathila Avenue (formerly Brücken Street) and Tobias Hainyeko Street. More Info
  • The Marine Memorial
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    A monument dedicated to members of the First Marine Expedition Corps who died during the Herero War, 1904-1905 is located close to the State House and is known as the Marine Memorial or Marine Denkmal. More Info
  • The Old Prison
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    The impressive 1909 Alte Gefängnis was designed by architect Heinrich Bause, The main building was used only for staff housing while the prisoners were relegated to less opulent quarters on one side. More Info
  • Woermanhaus
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    From the shore, the delightful German-style Woermannhaus stands out above surrounding buildings. It is easily recognized as the building on the high ground with a decorated tower More Info
  • The Bloed Koppie
    Swakopmund Tourist Attractions
    The Bloed Koppie is a spectacular granite hill ideal for the enegetic to explore. Smaller than the Spitskoppe the Bloedkoppie still offers ample opportunities to explore and take photographs. Visiting the Bloedkoppie and the 4x4 trail requires a... More Info
  • The Swakopmund Jetty
    Swakopmund Tourist Attractions
    Initially a 325 meter long, wooden jetty was built in 1902, which was replaced by an iron one in 1912. This was to be 640 metres long and equipped with two 5 ton and two 3 ton cranes, as well as a railway line. More Info
  • The Altes Ampsgericht
    Swakopmund Tourist Attractions
    On the corner of Theo-Ben Gurirab Avenue and Tobias Hainyeko Street is the "Altes Amtsgericht" , built in 1906 as a school but then used as the magistrates office after the state had to complete the building More Info
  • Swakopmund Museum
    Swakopmund Tourist Attractions
    The Swakopmund Museum was founded in 1951 by Dr Alfons Weber and relocated in 1960 to the current site on Swakopmund's Beachfront. (The site of the old Harbour Warehouse that was destroyed by fire from a British warship, the armed merchant cruiser... More Info
  • The Swakopmund Lighthouse
    Swakopmund Tourist Attractions
    In the gardens behind the museum is the wellknown Swakopmund landmark - the lighthouse . The first version, built in 1903, stood at a height of only 11 m. In 1910 a further 10 m was added to reach a total height of 28 meters. More Info
  • Bird Island - Swakopmund
    Swakopmund Tourist Attractions
    Bird Island began as a wooden platform measuring four meters square, three meters above the sea. Winter finished this initial construction in March 1930. One year later he had enlarged the platform to 16 meters square, and by August 1931 had... More Info
  • Prinzessin Rupprecht Heim
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    The single-storey Prinzessin Rupprecht Heim on the corner of Bismarck and Anton Lubowski Avenue was constructed in 1902, and was first used as a military hospital. More Info
  • Die Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht - State House
    Swakopmund Tourist Attractions
    The Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht, now known as State House, was originally built in colonial times (1901 and extended in 1905) to serve as the district magistrates’ court. More Info
  • The Spitzkoppe (Spits Koppe)
    Swakopmund Tourist Attractions
    Rising out of the sandy plains just north of the main road between Swakopmund and Windhoek and west of Usakos lies the Spitzkoppe one of Namibias if not the worlds most striking rocks spires. Rustic Campsites scattered around the granite boulders of... More Info
  • Martin Luther Steam Tractor Swakopmund
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    In 1894 the German artist, Troost, tried to replace the tedious ox-wagon traffic on the "Bay Road" from Swakopmund into the interior by the implementation of a steam traction engine, but it did not succeed to operate under the harsh... More Info
  • German Schutztruppe Graves and Fort - Tinkas
    Swakopmund Tourist Attractions
    From the Bloedkoppie there is a 4x4 trail of about 30 kilometers joining up with the C28. On this route there are two old German war graves dating back to 1895. There is also the remains of a German "fort" nearby. More Info
  • Regimental Insignia in the Namib Desert
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    During May and June of the year 1915 hundreds of South African troops were posted to do guard-duty on the rebuilt Otavi Railway between Swakopmund and Usakos. These were men of the second battalions of three of South Africa's proudest fighting... More Info

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After the German proclamation of a colony in South West Africa, they found themselves dependent on the British-held territory of Walvis Bay for trade.

To try to counteract this, in 1892 they established Swakopmund at the mouth of the Swakop river, as the name suggests, to serve as an alternative. The lack of shelter for ships proved a problem and Swakopmund ceased to be a port and developed into a popular beachside holiday resort.

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