"Germany in the Desert" Top 5 Page for this destination Swakopmund by MikeAtSea

Swakopmund Travel Guide: 119 reviews and 522 photos

Swakopmund is much loved by Namibians as a welcome respite from the heat of the interior. It has also become popular over the years with many foreign tourists because of its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere.
Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonization of South West Africa, Swakopmund served as the terretories main port for many years.
The German influence in this city is still very visible, even though that the German colonial time ended during the First World War in 1915.
Quaint architecture from a bygone era adds to the time out of place atmosphere of Swakopmund. When approached from the interior, domes, turrets and towers on the skyline appear as a hazy desert mirage. Much of the distinct German colonial character has been preserved and don't be surprised if the natives speak to you in fluent German.

  • Last visit to Swakopmund: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Very nice page, with some great pics!

  • 1courage's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Very lovely, but at the same time surprising architecture. I didn`t know about the german occupation, but with the negative records of an accupying nation, they left some interesting architectual memories behind.

  • nigelw6443's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2006 at 7:34 AM

    Sorry 2 nights at Hansa Hotel. The website looks okay but they haven't won any awards for a few years. Is it going down hill or others getting better?

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2005 at 4:23 AM

    Your page reminds me there was German colonisation in Africa, something which is hard to envisage. Great tips, my good friend.

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2005 at 4:25 PM

    Man, if it were'nt for those desert pics, I would have never guessed this was Africa!

  • Myndo's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2005 at 7:16 AM

    Wow, just stumbled over your sites. Good work here, too.

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2005 at 1:50 AM

    Rather them than me swimming in the Atlantic! lol Lovely historic buildings - thanks Mike :) ~ Jen ~

  • cleocat's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2005 at 10:04 AM

    The coastal road from Walvis to Swakop is beautiful. The misty ocean on the one side and the dunes on the other. Nice pic's and info. Swakop is one place i will go back to.

  • Mar 27, 2005 at 9:25 AM

    Hi Mike, great start here! I had no idea Germany once had such a huge influence in Namibia (BIG gap in my historical knowledge here :)) Great page - keep it up!


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