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peterarmitage
Houston, TX44 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
I have only seen this building from outside. Like the majority of the buildings in Swakopmund that were built 1904-1908, and which proudly have their year of build on an external wall, they were built by Herrera and Nama slaves during the “Herrera Wars”, perhaps best described as the first German genocide. The home of the owner of the Wowrrman Linie, the shipping line that used female Herrera slaves to offload their ships at the jetty. Many of their remains, around 5,000+, are in the Swakop municipal cemetery. But unlike the wealthy Swakopmunders, they are all in unmarked graves. It’s not on the usual trail of the local vacation guides and it’s not spoken about.
Written 5 February 2024
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Dewald R
Cape Town Central, South Africa2,625 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
The Woermannhaus is one of the most recognizable buildings in the center of Swakopmund. While I was exploring Swakopmund, I saw the Woermannhaus from the outside, and although I didn't go inside, it was still a beautiful building to look at. It is easy to find, the surrounding area is safe, and there are plenty of photo opportunities. I have seen other reviewers mention that you can climb the tower for amazing views, but I didn't do so myself, so I can't confirm if this is still possible. Overall, definitely worth a visit, even just for a quick stop.
Written 24 November 2023
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada24,685 contributions
Jan 2022
Not too high of a tower (just about a 5-minute walk up), getting from up above this tower through the windows (yes be sure to open them) is really an "almost all-inclusive" view down below of this fairly-limited-sized town of Swakopmund (with some quite beautiful & likely "century-old" heritage buildings right in the immediate vicinity) and also the views of what's beyond which are the sea to the west ("quite a spectacular" view I would say of the wide-open South Atlantic Ocean with also the "town jetty" jutting out into the sea) & the desert to the east where yes given the limited size of the town is the view of its plainly-visible "town limit" where the buildings come to an end and the desert begins (although likely due to the shape of the town is just a "distant view" of the southern limit and no view of the northern limit but a good view of the town's lighthouse in that direction). And apart from a tower at this site is also an art gallery just across the "inner courtyard" from the tower & also an ice cream shop seemingly popular with people lining up outside right by the site entrance from the main street (skipping both though with my visit here just to the tower).

With just about one day of sightseeing needed for this small town itself, I started the day at the Swakopmund Museum (which despite its pretty modest size houses quite an impressive number of items for a "comprehensive display" of the town's history I would say) followed by this site then finished the day at the Jetty with a walk along to its far end (but first a nice late-lunch at The Tug just at the entrance to the Jetty).
Written 9 December 2022
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AndrejaKo
Maribor, Slovenia1,069 contributions
Jan 2022
One of old houses in the central area. I liked the concept of wide avenues with those old colorful houses in compare with newer parts of the tow, with this typical boring American style of roads and boxes. We were doing our town walk in the late afternoon, so we couldn't visit the tower.
Written 9 April 2022
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Basil2021
13 contributions
Jan 2021
Was closed unfortunately, but I was told from this tower you could observe the hall Swakopmund! The highest building in the town! Next time I will certainly try to climb it )))
Written 9 February 2021
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Shimnik
Delft, The Netherlands6,540 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
Right now Woermannhaus is used as a library and art gallery. You can find a guard in the yard and ask him to get to the tower. It costs 20N$ (1,5 USD). The views from the top are nice on a sunny day. And you would have 360deg observation desk for yourself, because there are usually not so many people interested to get up without a lift.
Written 5 January 2021
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Erwin
Antwerp, Belgium3,068 contributions
Dec 2019
This house is designed in 1904 and erected in 1905 for the Damara and Namaque trading company which was sold in 1909 to Mr Carl Woerman.
In 1975 the house was given to the Swakopmund administration and a year later it was restored.
Written 3 November 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,723 contributions
Jan 2020
This colonial building stands out because of the tall tower and is probably the best representation of the unique architecture in this charming town. Make sure you walk by and take a photo.
Written 13 April 2020
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LynnK21
Warwickshire, UK262 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is definitely worth a visit. Quite a low cost and you’re escorted to the tower with the door locked behind you! That was a bit strange. Apart from that you have a really good view all over Swapokmund and you can really see the desert meeting the town and the sea. There’s also a good map so you can get your bearings too and a gift shop downstairs.
Written 2 July 2019
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,867 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We were doubting if the guy who asked the 10 NAD entryy put that in his own pocket but liked the building and the view from the tower
Written 12 June 2019
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