Found at the heart of the Khomas Highland Plateau Region, Windhoek is the capital and the largest city in the Republic of Namibia. The city developed at the site of a permanent spring known even to the indigenous pastoral communities, and developed rapidly after Jonker Afrikaner, Captain of the Orlam, settled in the area in the 1840s and built a stone church for the community. It was then assigned as the capital of Namibia, and today stands with almost 330,000 inhabitants.
Being the social, economic, political, and cultural center of Namibia, the city has seen an influx of travelers and locals on a hike to the area, sometimes looking for goods, others looking for services, while still others enrolling to the formidable universities headquartered in the city's bosom. The city's culture remains deeply rooted to its African roots, with Afrikaans still used as the lingua franca while the government uses the English language.
Windhoek, although very dense, is a delightful city to visit in terms of its cultural and historical aspects. Notable landmarks in the area include the Alte Feste which houses the National Museum of Namibia, the Christuskirche which is a Lutheran church built in the Gothic revival style with Art Noveau elements, the Parliament Gardens, the Tintenpalast or the seat of the Parliament chambers in Namibia, the Reiterdenkmal or the Equestrian Monument, the St. Marien Kathedrale, and many others. Architecture worth seeing in the area is the three castles of Windhoek namely the Heinitzburg, Sanderburg, and the Schwerisburg, as well as the Turnhalle.
For activities, a traveler's best bet would be the restaurants scattered around the city center, in the main avenues, and a few in the back avenues. Asian fusion, as well as Italian, Indian, Chinese, French, and Japanese cuisines are all represented here, with local delicacies on the side to complete the dining experience. Night life is also extensive since Windhoek is frequented by many people including foreign travelers, while shopping and souvenir buying can be done in the major shopping centers such as the Maerua Mall, Wernhill Park, and others.
How to get around within Windhoek
The main mode of transportation around the city is through metered taxis available around, although a small population of Namibia and in Windhoek prefers private cars. Railway systems are also available, as Windhoek is connected to Okahandja to the north, Rehoboth to the south, and Gobabis to the east, through a part of the national TransNamib railways.
How to get there
Windhoek is mainly served by two airports namely the Eros Airport and the Hosea Kutako International Airport. Eros Airport is the busiest airport in Namibia in terms of take-offs and landings, but it only handles light aircraft due to some limitations. Meanwhile, the Hosea Kutako International Airport is a single-runway airport which connects daily to Frankfurt in Germany and various cities in South Africa. To get to Windhoek, travelers are required to catch flights to either Frankfurt am Main International Airport in Germany or the Johannesburg-OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa, and then catch a direct flight going to Hosea Kutako International Airport. For private jet travelers, they may secure permits to land to the Eros Airport. Cheap flights and tickets for regular flights may be booked online through Skyscanner, a reliable resource of cheap flights from over 600 airlines.
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