Windhoek © Bries
The small capital of the country, Windhoek is an
attractive city situated in the Central Highlands and surrounded by
hills and mountains. Namibia's largest city, it occupies the
country's geographic and economic heart and is a good base for
further travel and exploration.
The city centre is characterised by historic German
colonial architecture and imposing modern structures. Dominating
the skyline is the striking German Lutheran church, Christuskirche,
a mixture of Art Nouveau and neo-Gothic design, and the
Titenpalast, or 'Ink Palace', the parliament building from where
the sparsely populated country is governed.
The railway station is a Cape Dutch edifice dating
back to 1912, and the tree-lined Independence Avenue contains
pleasant fountains and walkways. It provides a relaxing ambience
among the modern buildings of the central business district.
Cattle herders of the region, the women of the Herero
tribe are very distinctive with their voluminous Victorian-style
dresses and colourful headgear. But the German influence is not
only apparent in the architecture.
It's pretty evident in the food and locally-brewed
beer. Polony and sauerkraut are available on the menu among local
dishes, including seafood from the west coast and venison or game
steaks from the hinterland. Eating out in Windhoek is a fun and
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