Flights to Windhoek
Windhoek is the capital and largest city of Namibia, located right in the centre of the country. Windhoek is a lovely city, and although it is the largest in the country it’s really not that large with a population of around 250,000. There are lots of attractive landmarks, making this a popular city for tourists.
The main airport for flights to Windhoek is about 42 kilometres outside of the city, and is called the Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (airport WDH). All flights to Windhoek will be non-stop when departing from Johannesburg, and typically take about 2 hours. You can choose from South African Airways, South African Express, Air Namibia or British Airways, or if more convenient you can fly direct Cape Town with Air Namibia, or South African Express. The smaller Eros Airport only handles local and domestic flights to Windhoek, and does not deal with any international airlines.
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The Tourist Attractions of Windhoek:
Windhoek is an attractive city that actually wouldn’t look out of place in Europe with its mix of architecture. There are some lovely landmarks here, including Christ Church, Alte Feste, and St Mary’s Cathedral.
Christ Church is one of Windhoek’s most popular landmarks, and a beautiful one at that. It was completed in 1910 and is a Lutheran church with a mix of gothic revival and Art Nouveau architecture. The copper coloured spire contrasts with the sandstone coloured brick, and the façade has an interesting arced effect.
The other major church of Windhoek is St Mary’s Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral.
Just across the street from Christ Church is Parliament Gardens. Although small this is a popular part of Windhoek for tourists and locals and to come and relax. There are several statues to see in the park, and the park itself was designed by a Windhoek based landscape architect in 1932.
Tintenpalast (meaning Ink Palace in German) is on the other side of Parliament Gardens and it’s home to the Namibian Legislature, national Assembly and National Council. The architecture of this building doesn’t have quite the same charm as some of Windhoek’s other landmarks, but it’s a historical and important building all the same, constructed in 1913.
Meaning Old Fortress, Alta Feste is also an important historical landmark and popular tourist attraction. Today it is home to one of the city’s museum and it was built in 1890 on a hill overlooking Windhoek. It was built during the German colonization of Windhoek but never saw any military action. The rest of the city was built around the fort, and today it is the oldest building in the city.
Three Castle of Windhoek
Along similar lines to the fortress, though built for private use rather than military, are the three castles of Windhoek. All three were built by architect Wilhelm Sander, with the earliest being started in 1890. This one, named Schwerinsburg, is the largest of the three and is today the private residence of the Italian ambassador. The smallest, Sanderburg, is also a private residence while the middle one, Heinitzburg is a hotel and restaurant.
When Should You Visit?:
Windhoek has a warm and quite dry climate with no rainfall over the winter months between June and August. At this time average high temperatures are around 20C, making this a pleasant time to visit. December is the hottest month with an average high of 30C, and the rainfall peaks from January to March.