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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.
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