Swakopmund, known as Swakop in Namibia is the country's biggest coastal town and a resort for Namibians on holiday. The city's German origins are quite pronounced in beautiful old German colonial buildings throughout the city, making an even starker contrast for this town sitting at the edge of the Namib Desert.

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Martin Luther Steam Engine

A road locomotive abandoned in the desert just outside Swakopmund. Imported in 1896 to pull freight in the region, replacing oxens, it wasn't even able to travel the way from the port of Walvis Bay to Swakopmund, where it was supposed to be based, before breaking down in the desert. It was left there and soon became an odd attraction. It has been renovated a couple of times, and a protective building was built around it.

SEE   —  Hwy B2

Swakopmund Museum

The largest private museum in the country, founded in 1951. It showcases the cultural and natural history of the region from prehistoric time to the colonial period. Included among the exhibits is a reconstructed 19th-century cheimist shop - cover a child's eyes, because some of what is "on sale" is aesthetically — and historically — difficult to look at.

SEE   —  +264 64 402695 —  Strand St


A German half-timbered house in the colors of the desert with a 25m high tower and arcaded inner yard. Built by the German trading company Woermann in 1905 as their headquarters for German Southwest Africa. In 1972 the building was declared a national historic landmark and nowadays it functions as a public library.

SEE   —  Bismarck Street

Swakopmund Jetty

Jutting 300m out in the Atlantic Ocean. Originally it was smaller and built out of wood. Later on, the current concrete jetty was built, but after WWI it fell into disuse. Renovated in 2005, it is a popular attraction, especially for viewing the sunset.

SEE   —  Map

Hansa Hotel

The archetype of a hotel from the "old days". Waiters wear penguin suit, and the place oozes style. This is also a nice place for Sunday lunch which is surprisingly good value for money, but you might be rejected if your attire is too informal.

Swakop Lodge

Dorm beds. Popular among those travelling on overland trucks. Still, there are some quite nice and clean rooms (though ask to see the room first). Restaurant, Internet cafe, laundry service N$30, guarded parking lot, kitchen.

Leder Chic

Luggage and leather retail shop, the finest ostrich and kudu wallets and purses. Modern zebra skin belts, ostrich and kudu leather belts as well as designer handbags in springbok, kudu, nguni, buffalo and ostrich leather.


Dünenblick self-catering apartments

Luxury apartments, stylishly decorated in contemporary look, with all the comforts possible. Including full DSTV and Internet , well situated with sea view or dune view. All within walking distance to the centre of town.

Vogelstrand Guest House

Intimate family run bed and breakfast guest house with six rooms. Continental or health breakfast with an array of dishes made from local produce. The outside areas are designed in a quiet country courtyard style.


Built in 1903 as housing for the troops of the engineer corps who constructed much of the early infrastructure. The lobby is decorated with German coats of arms. Nowadays the building functions as a youth hostel.

SEE   —  Bismarck Street

Altes Gefängnis

Built in 1909, it still functions as a prison. However, it's built in the same style as much as the rest of downtown (much prettier than a modern prison) and has been a national historic landmark since 1973.

SEE   —  Map

Tiger Reef

Beach bar, excellent place for a sundowner on the beach. Go to the aquaruim and walk along the beach in the direction of Walvis Bay. Grab a bottle of bubbly for the amazing sunset (Locally called sundowners)

DRINK   —  Südstrand Street

The Secret Garden Guesthouse

Six standard double en suite rooms, three comfort double en-suite rooms and two suites. Breakfast is included and the guesthouse has a bistro restaurant for evening meals. Secure parking is available.

SLEEP   —  +264 64404037 —  36 Bismarck St

Desert Sky Backpackers Lodge

Five minute walk from downtown and the beach; clean, friendly owner; N$30 for WiFi internet access; and camping area. N$150 camping, N$190/person for a dorm, N$540 for a double room.

SLEEP   —  +264 64 402339 —  35 Lazaret St

Café Anton

Great for an all-you-can-eat breakfast. In the daytime they have delicious cakes; reportedly, the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is even better than what you can get in Germany!

EAT   —  Map

Swakopmund Municipal Bungalows

Selection ranging from tiny two bedroom units (approximately N$250 a night) to luxury bungalows (TV, stove, etc.) at N$650-700 a night. Walking distance to town

Kristall Galerie

The world's largest quartz crystal and many other gems and minerals are on display. The gallery also has two shops where you can buy some crystals as souvenirs.

Old railway station and casino

Built in the Wilhelminian style in 1902 as a railway station for the new line to Windhoek, it nowadays hosts the Swakopmund Hotel, exhibition centre and casino.

SEE   —  Bahnhof Street

The Tug Restaurant

A great seafood restaurant, with a wide wine selection. It is an actual tug with a great view of the sea - reservations are essential. Rather expensive.

EAT   —  +264 64 402356 —  Strand Street

Lutheran Church

Built by the Germans in 1912, this Evangelical-Lutheran church is another building which looks like it has been transplanted from somewhere in Germany.

SEE   —  Map

Restaurant Europe

According to some, the best fish and seafood restaurant in town, large servings too. Do book your table beforehand, because it's a popular place.

EAT   —  Map

By the Beach

A new self catering accommodation service offering affordable luxury, with sea views, coffee/tea, DSTV in master bedroom and lounge, indoor BBQ.

Woermann Brock Mall

A more westernized mall with more expensive items (souvenirs and other products). Here you can also find an Internet cafe and a supermarket.

BUY   —  Ankerplatz

Open market

Traditional African street market. Bargain hard; if you're an obvious tourist the vendor typically gives you a price 3-4 times higher.

BUY   —  Am Zoll

Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Center ''Alter Bahnhof''

It's a 4 star luxury hotel, built in and around the impeccably restored old station building. Includes casino, pool and restaurant.

Kückis Pub

Warm and enjoyable atmosphere with great service. Limited menu, but interesting dishes (shark steak, etc) and very well prepared.

The Jetty 1905

At end of the pier, fish and chips, sushi, tapas, good wine list and whisky Don Pedro's, +264 64 5664 for reservations.

EAT   —  Map

Outback Orange

This company offers all sorts of activities from sandboarding and skydiving to fishing and horse riding.

The Marine Monument

Memorial to the German soldiers who died during the campaign against the Herero People between 1904-07.

SEE   —  Map

Brauhaus Arcade

Shopping arcade with all kinds of small shops housed in typical German turn of the century buildings.

BUY   —  Map

Haus Hohenzollern

An Art Nouveau building constructed in 1906 as a luxurious hotel, today it is an apartment building.

Bacchus Taverne

Likely the coziest bar in Swakopmund. It has a good selection of pub snacks and is affordable too.

DRINK   —  44 Bismarck Street

State House

Built as a courthouse in 1902, nowadays it is the Swakopmund residence of the Namibian president.

SEE   —  Am Zoll Street

The National Marine Aquarium of Namibia

Rays, turtles, sharks and other marine life can be seen here. There is a daily feeding at 15:00.

SEE   —  Strand St

Sophia Dale Base Camp

Sunny and cosy camping and bungalows 12km from Swakopmund, in the lush area of Swakop River.

Alternative Space Guesthouse,

The place is out of the ordinary.If you are looking for a place with a difference stay here.

De Kelder

A little bit hidden, does not look attractive from outside. But everything else is perfect!


Elephant Human Relations Aid, a local NGO offering desert elephant conservation trips.

DO   —  +264 64 402 501 —  Map


Located above Cape to Cairo. This is where everyone comes for their late night drink.


An Italian restaurant with both Italian food and steaks and game. Large servings.

Namib Restaurant

German cuisine with great service. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

EAT   —  +264 64 404896 —  13 Luderitz St

Brauer & Grolms Private Accommodation Swakopmund

Flats with kitchen and shower. Grill garden, Internet, Skype, TV inclusive.


The 25.6m-high lighthouse is one of the most visible buildings in the city.

SEE   —  Map

BOJOs Cafe

Cafe with different menus every day, updated on their Facebook page.

EAT   —  C34

Villa Wiese Backpackers

Another great backpackers. Plus they have their own bar. dorms

Cafe Tiffany

Fresh fish, good wine, reasonable prices. The locals eat here!

Zur Weinmaus

Very friendly host. Not many tables, so make a reservation.

EAT   —  Poststraße

Dune 7 Sandboarding

Quadbike to take you up; Snacks and Drinks incl.

DO   —  +264 64 220881 —  Map

The Stiltz

Luxurious with a very romantic setting.

SLEEP   —  Am Zoll

Rafters Action Pub

Great sports bar with big LCD screens.

DRINK   —  Woermann Street

Strand Hotel

Scheduled to reopen in October 2015.

SLEEP   —  +264 64 400 315 —  Vineta St

Caffe Treff Punkt

Great German café, lovely breakfast.

EAT   —  102 Sam Nujoma Ave


Food and household item supermarket.

BUY   —  Sam Nujoba Ave

Swakopmund I-cafe

The only Internet cafe in town.

OTHER   —  Tobias Hainyeko

Zur Kupferpfanne

Game food and good wines.

Camel Safaris

About 8km outside Swakop.

DO   —  +264 64 400363 —  Map

Okakambe Trails, Horse Rides

About 8km outside Swakop.

DO   —  +264 64 402799 —  Map

Amanpuri Travelers Lodge

has dorms beds

SLEEP   —  64-405587 —  Moses Garoeb street

Travel Time

Desert tours.

DO   —  +264 81 1299076 —  Gerald Kolb

Swakopmund Youth hostel

dorm beds

SLEEP   —  64-404164 —  Lazarett street

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