What to see in Windhoek

Windhoek Attractions

A little bit of Germany in Africa, a holiday in Windhoek, capital of Namibia, is flavoured with traditional brews, sausage and sauerkraut to complement its lovely colonial architecture. Travel to Windhoek, though, and you will also find a good ethnic mix of colourful African culture that will leave you in no doubt that you are in the commercial heart of a vast southern African country. Most of those who travel to Windhoek, Namibia's main point of entry by air, come to use it as a jumping off point for a safari trip or desert expedition, spending a few days getting to know the city at the beginning or end of their journey.

Tourist attractions in Windhoek include the imposing Lutheran Christuskirche, an interesting architectural hybrid; the Alte Feste (Old Fortress), which was once the German military headquarters and now houses the state museum; the Owela Museum, which showcases the country's diverse ethnography; and the National Botanic Gardens, which are great for a stroll and a picnic. The city is well situated to act as a springboard to many desert attractions nearby.

The sun shines nearly every day of the year, and the weather is always warm to mild even in mid-winter, so there is no best time weather-wise to travel to Windhoek. However, summers may be too hot for some, so a preferable period to holiday in Windhoek is either side of the hottest months, between April and June or March and October.

Alte Feste (Old Fortress)

Situated on a high point overlooking the CBD, the Schutztruppe Fort served as the German colonial power's military headquarters…

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The church is a prominent landmark in Windhoek's historic centre that was built in 1910 to accommodate the Lutheran congregation…

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National Botanic Garden

The National Botanic Garden of Namibia is a 12 hectare nature reserve in the heart of Windhoek, where tourists can hike,…

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