|Windhoek is an attractive city that actually wouldn’t look out of place in Europe with its mix of architecture. There are some lovely landmarks here, including Christ Church, Alte Feste, and St Mary’s Cathedral.
Christ Church is one of Windhoek’s most popular landmarks, and a beautiful one at that. It was completed in 1910 and is a Lutheran church with a mix of gothic revival and Art Nouveau architecture. The copper coloured spire contrasts with the sandstone coloured brick, and the façade has an interesting arced effect.
The other major church of Windhoek is St Mary’s Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral.
Just across the street from Christ Church is Parliament Gardens. Although small this is a popular part of Windhoek for tourists and locals and to come and relax. There are several statues to see in the park, and the park itself was designed by a Windhoek based landscape architect in 1932.
Tintenpalast (meaning Ink Palace in German) is on the other side of Parliament Gardens and it’s home to the Namibian Legislature, national Assembly and National Council. The architecture of this building doesn’t have quite the same charm as some of Windhoek’s other landmarks, but it’s a historical and important building all the same, constructed in 1913.
Meaning Old Fortress, Alta Feste is also an important historical landmark and popular tourist attraction. Today it is home to one of the city’s museum and it was built in 1890 on a hill overlooking Windhoek. It was built during the German colonization of Windhoek but never saw any military action. The rest of the city was built around the fort, and today it is the oldest building in the city.
Three Castle of Windhoek
Along similar lines to the fortress, though built for private use rather than military, are the three castles of Windhoek. All three were built by architect Wilhelm Sander, with the earliest being started in 1890. This one, named Schwerinsburg, is the largest of the three and is today the private residence of the Italian ambassador. The smallest, Sanderburg, is also a private residence while the middle one, Heinitzburg is a hotel and restaurant.