It is the city in Namibia where business tends to be conducted due to its efficient infrastructure and its corporate venues.
For the tourist is provides ease of access to other African landmarks such as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, but it should not be brushed aside so quickly as it is a city with a lot to see and experience.
The National Museum of Namibia is a must see when in the capital. It is an extremely large complex with multiple buildings but it does not exclude anything. From indigenous art to colonial relics, all are exhibited in Alte Festa which is a former German fortress and Windhoek’s oldest building. If you don’t want to learn just about the colonialism then there are parts of the museum which give examples of the diverse and cultural history of the country.
Katutura is a beautiful and lively part of Windhoek which can provide enjoyment and lovely scenery for the day. Besides its many shopping centres, the people boast a rich history and the best way to experience it is on a bike or walking tour to make sure you get the most out of your time here.
Be sure to make time for the Windhoek Castles – a by-product of the colonial regime. “Sanderburg”, “Schwerinsburg” and “Heinitzburg” are not only beautiful architecturally, but were also built in lovely settings just on the outskirts of the city centre.
To add to the castles, the Lutheran Christ Church is a historic landmark in Windhoek that also provides a scenic view. It is situated only a short walk from the parliament gardens, and if for nothing else, the colourful stained lead glass windows are a must see. It is rich in history and culture, and a place where there is so much to learn.
Last but not least, Penduka (meaning ‘wake up’) is a must visit experience in Windhoek. It is a non-profit needlework project about 8km north of the city. Here you have the chance to purchase various baskets and carvings for fair prices which go to the crafters. They are extremely beautiful and are perfect for gifts for loved ones back home.