Windhoek is famous and distinctive for this German European Architecture. Many of the buildings reflect these colonial traits.  The "Alte Feste" ("Old Fortress") is the most famous German architectural monument. It was first built in 1890, originally from unburnt clay bricks by the German Schutztruppe under the command of Curt von François, and has a decadent brick facade. Today, the building holds the National Museum with a large number of exhibits and documents about the cultural history of Namibia. 

Meanwhile, t he Tintenpalast which translates “the Ink Palace”, located above Robert Mugabe Avenue, is the current seat of both chambers of Namibian parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council. It was built in the colonial era and was inaugurated in 1913. The locals named it Tintenpalast in relation to the numerous scribes and scribblers and their high ink consumption in its history. Its gardens have beautiful, expansive manicured lawns and shady palm trees.

The Evangelic-Lutheran Christuskirche in the Neo-Romanic style stems from the year 1910. The colourful glass windows behind the altar were donated by Emperor William II. The church is open to visitors and is a popular tourist attraction.