Historic Building in Swakopmund

Alte Gefängnis (Old Prison)

This impressive 1909 structure, on Nordring St, was built as a prison, but if you didn’t know this, you’d swear it was either an early train station or a health-spa hotel. The main building was used only for staff h…
Fortress in Swakopmund

Alte Kaserne

The imposing, fort-like Alte Kaserne was built in 1906 by the railway company, and now houses the Hostelling International Youth Hostel.
Historic Building in Swakopmund

Altes Amtsgericht

This gabled building, on the corner of Garnison and Bahnhof Sts, was constructed in 1908 as a private school. When the funds ran out, the government took over the project and requisitioned it as a magistrates’ court…
Architecture in Swakopmund

Deutsche-Afrika Bank Building

Swakopmund brims with numerous historic examples of traditional German architecture. The handsome neo-classical Deutsche-Afrika Bank Building was opened in 1909 as a branch office of the Deutsche-Afrika Bank. It's n…
Church in Swakopmund

German Evangelical Lutheran Church

This neo-baroque church was built in 1906 to accommodate the growing Lutheran congregation of Dr Heinrich Vedde – it still holds regular services.
Historic Building in Swakopmund

Hohenzollern Building

This imposing baroque-style building, was constructed in 1906 to serve as a hotel. Its rather outlandish décor is crowned by a fibreglass cast of Atlas supporting the world, which replaced the precarious cement vers…
Landmark in Swakopmund

The Jetty

In 1905, the need for a good cargo- and passenger-landing site led Swakopmund’s founders to construct the original wooden pier. In the years that followed, it was battered by the high seas and damaged by woodworm, a…
Historic Building in Swakopmund

Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht (State House)

This rather stately building was constructed in 1902 to serve as the district magistrates’ court. It was extended in 1905, and again in 1945 when a tower was added. After WWI it was converted into the official holid…
Gallery in Swakopmund

Kristall Galerie

This architecturally astute gallery features some of the planet’s most incredible crystal formations, including the largest quartz crystal that has ever been found. The adjacent shop sells lovely mineral samples, c…
Lighthouse in Swakopmund


This operational lighthouse , an endearing Swakopmund landmark just off Strand St, was constructed in 1902. It was originally built 11m high, but an additional 10m was added in 1910.