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10 Unmissable Attractions in Windhoek - Top 10 Highlights to Explore in Windhoek

Tipped to be one of Africa's cleanliest cities, Windhoek is a pit stop most travellers make on their way into our out of Namibia. Here are 10 must-experience attractions in the area.

1

Parliament Gardens

Although it is not one of Namibia's largest parks, the Parliament Gardens is a picturesque enclave ideal for nature lovers. Beautifully maintained, the park is both tranquil and secluded, making it the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. The statue of local hero Herero chief Hosea Kutako is also found here and is considered the premier post-independence monument to have been erected in the country.

2

Christuskirche

Also known as Christ Church, Christuskirche is arguably the most visited attraction in the city, one of the venue's main attributes is its colourful stained glass windows while the entire structure's Art Nouveau architecture style also lends to the overall beauty of the premises. Guided tours of the church are available for those who wish to learn more about the historic Lutheran place of worship.

3

Heroes' Acre

Built to commemorate the country's independence from foreign rule and sovereignty, the Heroes' Acre remains a curious landmark worthy of exploration. While it is ironic that it was the North Koreans who designed the monument, the larger than life statue still represents every fallen countryman who sacrificed his or her life for a free Namibia by fighting against colonial rule.

4

Avis Dam Nature Reserve

Occupying the outer fringes of Windhoek, the Avis Dam Nature Reserve dates back to 1933 and is a remnant of the country's colonial era. Home to countless bird species, the lush and verdant space offers visitors a peaceful natural environment in which to relax and unwind.

5

Statue of Sam Nujoma

Occupying pride of place within the confines of the Independence Memorial Museum, the statue of Sam Nujoma remains one of the venue's main attractions due to its mammoth scale and bronze exterior. Holding the national constitution in one hand, the local statesmen is the first to catch one's eye upon entering the grounds of the illustrious museum.

6

Local Markets

Windhoek may have its department stores and towering malls but no trip to the area would be complete without a shopping spree in its countless street markets. Offers locally produced goods including souvenirs, treats and food items for reasonable prices, shopping along these busy street thoroughfares is a cultural encounter in and of itself.

7

Tintenpalast

Designed by none other than Gottlieb Redecker, the celebrated architect of German origin, the Tintenpalast is a striking building which houses the national council as well as the parliament of Namibia. With its name literally translating to "ink palace" the imposing structure is a must-visit hotspot for all history and architecture buffs.

8

Daan Viljoen Game Reserve

Located in the mountains of Khomas Hochland, the Daan Viljoen Game Reserve is an easily accessible safari hub for wildlife enthusiasts based in Windhoek. Home to a plethora of endemic bird species and mammals, the game reserve is also the smallest of its kind in the country.

9

Zoo Park

With an outdoor theatre and a kid's playground to its name, the Zoo Park is a top family highlight in Windhoek. Visitors based at Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino or similar hotel will find that spending time at the park is one of the best things to do in Windhoek.

This beautiful, landscaped park is a focal point of social activity in the city and has an outdoor theatre, a children's playground and a scenic pond. It's a great spot for a picnic.

10

Gibeon meteorites

Offering visitors a glimpse of extraterrestrial materials that exploded over the earth during a meteor shower, a tour of the Gibeon meteorites is a must for all visitors exploring Windhoek.