20 Unmissable Attractions in Windhoek

Windhoek | © Alexander Johmann / Flickr
Windhoek | © Alexander Johmann / Flickr
Photo of Gill Lange
26 January 2018

Although not typically thought of as a tourist destination, many travellers use Windhoek as an entry and exit point to Namibia. If you find yourself with some time on your hands, here are the best attractions to be enjoyed in what is one of Africa’s cleanest cities.

Parliament Gardens

Windhoek is considered one of the cleanest cities in Africa and it is an absolute delight to laze away some time in any of its lush and pristine parks. The Parliament Gardens are small yet peaceful and contain Namibia’s first post-independence monument, a bronze-cast statue of Herero chief Hosea Kutako.

Parliament Gardens, Love Str, +264 612889111

Avis Dam Nature Reserve

Located on the outskirts of Windhoek, this pretty dam was build in 1933 by South African colonialists. It is a great spot to escape from the sounds of the city for a while and is blessed with abundant and colourful birdlife.

Avis Dam Nature Reserve, +264 61255224

Market shopping

While there is no shortage of high-end malls in Windhoek, more unique and traditional goods can be picked up at one of the city’s many street markets.

Canvas bags for sale | © Marco Zanferrari/Flickr

Independence Memorial Museum

Memorial, Museum
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Statue of Sam Nujoma
Statue of Sam Nujoma | © erdbeernaut / Flickr
Although the interior of the Independence Memorial Museum is interesting enough, it is usually the statue gracing the exterior that first catches one’s eye. This huge bronze commemorates Sam Nujoma and faces towards Windhoek, holding a copy of the constituency book in its hand.

Tintenpalast

Designed by German architect Gottlieb Redecker and featuring a neoclassical front facade, the Tintenpalast is home to Namibia’s national council and parliament. Its name means ‘ink palace’ and it was built using forced labour by the Herero and Nama people of Namibia.

Tintenpalast, Love Str

National Art Gallery of Namibia

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An exhibition titled 'The Earth Inside' by Nicola Brandt at the National Art Gallery of Namibia | © Netumbo Nekomba / Culture Trip

Featuring displays by some of the best artists in Namibia, the National Art Gallery is a cultural explosion of colour. You can beat the heat of the hot city streets with a wander around its cool interior.

Joe's Beerhouse

Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
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Joe’s Beerhouse
Joe’s Beerhouse | © joepyrek / Flickr
Vibrant, friendly and a fabulous place to fill a hungry tummy, Joe’s Beerhouse is one of the most popular restaurants in Windhoek. The eatery promises to take patrons on a culinary journey into the heart and soul of Namibia.

The setting sun

Admire this spectacular occasion from wherever you please in the city. Even cloudy days bring stunning scenes as the sun takes a bow and slips over the rim of Africa.

Sunset in Namibia | © hkjrofficial/Flickr