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Swakopmund is a coastal town, nestled between the rushing Atlantic Ocean and the ancient Namib Desert. It has a strong German heritage that is reflected in its architecture and history. Swakopmund is Namibia's adventure capital and enchants visitors with its colonial history, first-class cuisine and diverse scenery. With its extensive beach promenades and a decidedly German appreciation for comfort and hospitality; coupled with local culture and a thoroughly African zest for life, here you’ll find a city with a lot of personality.
National Marine Aquarium
The first construction on this port took place in 1904. The original wooden structure was destroyed by rough seas within a few years, but the bridge was reconstructed in 1912 from iron. Offering long, scenic walks, fantastic views and an exceptional seafood restaurant the jetty is a popular retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
This aquarium offers a window to the wonders of the underwater world found in the cold Benguela current off Namibia’s coast. In addition to the main aquarium, an adventurous underwater tunnel allows you to see sharks, rays and colourful fish up close. The daily feeding takes place at 15:00 and special feedings by divers currently occur three times a week.
The Swakopmund Brauhaus is a piece of Germany in Africa. Decorated in typical Bavarian style with memorabilia and flags, you will forget that you are on the edge of a famous desert. Here, you will be served original German food, such as sauerkraut and meatloaf, and home-made, freshly tapped beers offer refreshment. Alternatively, try local specialities and seafood as well.
The Café Anton, perhaps Namibia’s most famous cafe, offers traditional German sweets such as Black Forest cake, and Florentines. Enjoy the sun and fresh sea air on the idyllic terrace with freshly brewed coffee or tea. Open for breakfast and lunch, the cafe is best known for its cakes and is a great mid-afternoon treat.
This endearing and still operating lighthouse is dear to the inhabitants of Swakopmund and now features a restaurant on site. Originally built 11 meters high, but soon heightened by ten more meters (the separation between the old and newer work is quite noticeable) it is a charming destination. A visit in the evening is especially romantic as the sun goes down and shines in breath-taking colours over the sea.
The impressive building, a holdover from German colonial times, is named after a German imperial family of the same name. Currently, an apartment building that previously operated as a hotel, it is sure to please history and architecture buffs. With its opulent Neoclassical style, ornaments produced by Croatian builders and a sculpture of Atlas on the front of the building, the Hohenzollernhaus (a national monument) is a unique piece of architecture in Namibia and well worth a visit.
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