In 1855, the Berlin printer Litfass came up with the notion of erecting advertising pillars on German street corners. For the citizens of early Swakopmund, they became a common source of information and advertising. The remaining example of this local curiosity, Litfass-Saule, sits on the corner of Daniel Tjongarero and Nathaniel Maxulili Sts.

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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Marine Memorial

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Often known by its German name, Marine Denkmal, this memorial was commissioned in 1907 by the Marine Infantry in Kiel, Germany, and designed by sculptor…

4. Altes Amtsgericht

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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…

5. Kristall Galerie

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This architecturally astute gallery features some of the planet’s most incredible crystal formations, including the largest quartz crystal that has ever…

6. Deutsche-Afrika Bank Building

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Swakopmund brims with numerous historic examples of traditional German architecture. The handsome neo-classical Deutsche-Afrika Bank Building was opened…

8. Lighthouse

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