Windhoek is located at an altitude of 1,646 metres in the country's Central Highlands.
The Auas Mountains lie to the southeast, Eros Mountains to the northeast and the hills of the Khomas Hochland to the west.
Lying more or less in the geographical centre of the country, the city and surrounding suburbs are spread out over a series of picturesque valleys. Although small for a capital city by international standards, Windhoek remains the political, economic and cultural centre of the country.
German colonial influence
Windhoek is certainly a place worth spending a day or two looking around before setting off for the rest of the country. The wide streets are lined with cosmopolitan pavement cafes. Look up and you'll see old German architecture in soft colours sitting alongside glittering office blocks.
Street vendors cluster under palm trees with arrays of wooden curios, shops have colourful displays of African art, twinkling Namibian diamonds and books on every aspect of the country from the Himba of the Kaokoveld to the ghost towns of Luderitz. People are busy, but relaxed and stress seems an unusual concept here.
The traffic is minimal, air is clear and skies seem to be permanently blue.
Suggested itineraries featuring Windhoek
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Map of Windhoek
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Places near Windhoek
- The Central Highlands 23 miles away
- Erongo Mountains 110 miles away
- The Naukluft Mountains 121 miles away
- Waterberg Plateau 151 miles away
- Swakopmund and Pelican Point 163 miles away
- Walvis Bay 166 miles away
- Southern Namibia 186 miles away
- The NamibRand Nature Reserve 186 miles away
- Sossusvlei & Sesriem 186 miles away
- Damaraland 254 miles away
- Etosha National Park 275 miles away
- Aus 288 miles away
Accommodation choices for Windhoek
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Ideas for experiencing Windhoek
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