Buildings surrounded by sand at Luderitz

Travel to Lüderitz – A Fine Example of Namibia’s Architectural Heritage

The coastal town of Lüderitz is more than 100 years old and is situated between the Namib desert dunes and the wild Atlantic coast.

Lüderitz was founded in 1884 by Adolf Luderitz and has a colourful history including Portuguese seafarers, British whalers and sealers, a merchant from Bremen and German fortune-hunters. The town retains a distinctive German atmosphere with colonial buildings reflecting the Art Nouveau style of architecture that was popular at the turn of the century.

Lüderitz boasts many historical buildings and monuments. Set around the bay with their original gables, winding stairwells, verandas, turrets and bay and bow windows still intact, the buildings have a unique character. Visit ‘Diaz Point’, the rock on which the Portuguese put up a stone cross as a landmark and the picturesque Felsenkirche (Rock Church) with it’s striking stained-glass windows. Goerkehaus built on the slopes of Diamond Mountain, the Old Post Office and Station building are all also worth a visit.

Lüderitz offers many attractions and activities: the Waterfront with its yacht club, a wellness centre, boat trips to lone islands inhabited only by seals and penguins, drives to hidden bays or 4×4 tours into the dunes north of the town.

Lüderitz is famous for it’s culinary delights with seafood specialties of fresh crayfish and oysters depending on the season.

The drive to Luderitz is possible by car – sand storms are common in the area in the afternoons so it is best to arrive and plan any sight seeing for the earlier part of the day.

  • Wander around the town’s historical German buildings.
  • Explore the surrounding coast with its unspoilt beaches, caves, lagoons and reefs.
  • Enjoy Rock Lobster – Luderitz’s speciality.


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