Destinations Windhoek

Windhoek

About the area

The capital city of Namibia, Windhoek, has the charm of a small town with the conveniences and excitement of a city. Communities have been coming to the area since prehistoric times, attracted by the naturally occurring hot springs (to which its original name /Ai //Gams, a Nama word meaning “firewater”, refers). The city centre is a mix of modern architecture set cheek by jowl with historic buildings from its colonial past. Accommodation in and around Windhoek varies from intimate guesthouses to international hotels, tranquil guest farms, and lodges.

Highlights

Visit the Christuskirche, a beautiful German colonial church with stained-glass windows.
Have a picnic on the lawn in the Parliament Gardens.
Toast the sunset from the top of one of the city’s many rooftop bars.
Catch a local production at the National Theatre of Namibia.
Stock up on souvenirs and gifts made by local artisans at the Craft Centre.
Get a dose of art at the National Art Gallery of Namibia.
Learn more about Namibia’s past at the Independence Memorial Museum.

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