The capital and also the largest city of Namibia, Windhoek has many connections back to its German colonial past, and sits between the mighty Eros Mountains to the north, and the Auas Mountains to the south, on the Khomas Highlands some 5,600 feet above sea level.
The country was a German colony until 1915, and much of the current architecture still comes from around that time. Almost hemmed in by those monolithic mountain ranges, Windhoek developed into a compact, well thought out city where old style charm sits quaintly at odds with modern lifestyles.
Typical of the old buildings is the Church of Peace, dedicated in 1910. Designed around a mixture of gothic and art nouveau styles and built entirely out of quartz sandstone, its spire towers a full twenty-four metres high, making it one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in the city. The original stained glass windows were a gift to the church from Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Another notable building is the Tintenpalast, or Ink Palace. Built between 1912 and 1913, this is the seat of the Namibian government. Those interested in history should also take in the 1890 built Alte Fest, or old fortress, which today is the country's national museum.
The city is also an ideal starting point for several safaris. The Dann Viljoen Game Park is compact, but quite nearby and worth a visit, and has herds of Antelope in a natural environment.
The local beer is renowned throughout Africa, while for those on cruises who are interested in local arts and crafts, a visit to the Post Street mall should offer up just about everything by way of souvenirs.
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