Built in 1894 and declared a national monument in 1976, the historic Woermannhaus is one of Swakopmund’s most iconic buildings. Its traditional green and gold latticework and multi-story tower prove an easy-to-spot landmark for travelers to this seaside town. Seamen once used its distinguished spire to navigate the rough waters of the Atlantic en route to Namibia’s sandy shores.
Woermannhaus has transformed throughout the years—from functional water tower to public school dormitory to a thriving headquarters for local businesses. But today, visitors can snap photos of the classic colonial architecture before wandering the stacks of what is now the Swakopmund Public Library.
Woermannhaus is located on Bismarck Street not far from the entrance into town.