Windhoek Attractions

Windhoek's Old Fortress
Windhoek's Old Fortress © Alexander Johmann

Alte Feste (Old Fortress)

The Alte Fest, also known as the Schutztruppe Fort, served as the German colonial power's military headquarters until after World War One and today houses the state historical museum. German commander Curt von Francois laid the foundation stones in 1890, making it one of the oldest buildings in Windhoek and a significant national monument. In fact, the modern city more or less grew around the fort. Today, the museum's exhibition informs visitors of Namibia's history from its San origins to German occupation in 1884 and the resulting struggle for independence. The museum is a bit old-fashioned and rundown but still interesting. Emphasis is on the revolutionary struggle, with fascinating old photographs.

Address: Robert Mugabe Avenue; Telephone: Tel: (061) 293 4376; Opening time: Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-12:00pm and 2pm-6pm (winter time closing time is 17.00).; Admission: Free


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