Historic railway station.

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Bahnhof (Railway Station)


This ornate railway station, built in 1901 as the terminal for the Kaiserliche Eisenbahn Verwaltung (Imperial Railway Authority), connected Swakopmund to Windhoek. In 1910, when the railway closed down, the building assumed the role as main station for the narrow-gauge mine railway between Swakopmund and Otavi.

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2. Old German School

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The 1912 baroque-style Old German School was the result of a 1912 competition, which was won by budding German architect Emil Krause.

3. German Evangelical Lutheran Church

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

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