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The small capital of the country, Windhoek is an attractive city situated in the Central Highlands and surrounded by hills and mountains. Namibia's largest city, it occupies its geographic and economic heart and is a good base for further travel in the country.

The city centre is characterised by historic German colonial architecture and imposing modern structures. Dominating the skyline is the striking German Lutheran church, Christuskirche, a mixture of Art Nouveau and neo-Gothic design, and the Titenpalast, or 'Ink Palace', the parliament building from where the sparsely populated country is governed.

The railway station is a Cape Dutch edifice dating back to 1912, and the tree-lined Independence Avenue contains pleasant fountains and walkways. It provides a relaxing ambience among the modern buildings of the central business district.

Cattle herders of the region, the women of the Herero tribe are very distinctive with their voluminous Victorian-style dresses and colourful headgear. But the German influence is not only apparent in the architecture.

It's pretty evident in the food and locally-brewed beer. Polony and sauerkraut are available on the menu among local dishes, including seafood from the west coast and venison or game steaks from the hinterland. Eating out in Windhoek is a fun and unique experience.

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