Windhoek

Windhoek building.
Overview

Is this your first trip to Windhoek? You'll fall in love with the city's colourful German heritage, rich ethnic mix and picturesque setting amid the hills of Central Namibia. Follow Independence Avenue to see Windhoek's attractive mix of colonial and modern buildings. On return visits to this cosmopolitan city, shop for crafts and curios from the stalls lining Post Street Mall and familiarise yourself with Windhoek's colonial history at the Old Fort museum.

Background

Get around compact Windhoek by following the city's formal grid of streets, dominated by central Independence Avenue. Barter with craft sellers on pedestrianised Post Street Mall, at right angles to Independence Avenue. Head over to Robert Mugabe Avenue where you can learn about Namibian history at the Windhoek's National Museum and African art at the National Gallery. After lazing in the gardens of the formal Parliament Buildings nearby, take a walk along Independence Avenue to the top of the town to photograph Windhoek's signature statue of a proud kudu antelope.

First-time visit

Drop into the Christuskirche Lutheran church to admire its stained-glass windows, soaring spire and mix of local sandstone and Italian marble. Get up to speed on Namibia's history and culture at the National Museum and National Gallery. Visit the museum housed in Windhoek's Old Fort to see rock art and displays on Windhoek's early colonial history. Take a well-earned break in the public gardens in front of the Parliament Buildings then go shopping on Post Street Mall for crafts to take back with you.

Return visit

Hire a guide to visit the lively market at the nearby township of Katutura. Go for a stroll in the Daan Viljoen Game Park, west of Windhoek, and spot zebras, springboks and all manner of birdlife. In the evening, wine and dine at Windhoek's multicultural restaurants, and join in Windhoek's vibrant nightlife at the city's cultural centres and clubs.

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