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  • 1 South African Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    25 Queen Victoria Street 25 ZA - Cape Town

    The South African Museum, a museum of natural history and ethnography, contains interesting documents and some fine pieces for gaining an understanding of the Khoi and San cultures and lifestyles. It also boasts magnificent rock paintings and several..

  • 2 South African National Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Government Avenue ZA - Cape Town

    The South African National Gallery collection features a wide range of African, French, English and Flemish works of art. Since 1990 the gallery has acquired a fine collection of contemporary South African art, to which it adds on a regular basis.

  • 3 Castle Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grand Parade ZA - Cape Town

    The castle quarter was once on the ocean, but has gradually been assimilated into the city as the sea has encroached on the land. The Castle of Good Hope and Grand Parade stand in the centre of the quarter. This was where Nelson Mandela gave his famo..

  • 4 Whale Route Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    ZA - Cape Town

    Rest areas along the whale route in the Overberg, between the Cape and Hermanus, offer a chance to watch the whales that come here to give birth. The string of sandy coves, beaches and seaside resorts is set against a backdrop of magnificent untamed ..

  • 5 Botanical Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Government Avenue ZA - Cape Town

    An aviary, ponds, squirrels and a statue of Cecil John Rhodes adorn this garden located across from the National Museum. Plants from the four corners of the world are grown here.

  • 6 Tuynhuys Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Government Avenue ZA - Cape Town

    When the President of the Republic of South Africa is in residence in Cape Town during the summer (in the Southern Hemisphere), his office here is not open to visitors. But you can see the outside of the building, built in 1795 for the Dutch East Ind..

  • 7 Parliament Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    90 Plein Street 90 ZA - Cape Town

    The Parliament building, dating from the late 19C, is a good example of the late Georgian style with its red brick façade and columns. A visit here, to the home of the South African Parliament, is an excellent way to gain a better understanding of th..

  • 8 St George's Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Wale Street ZA - Cape Town

    It was in this Anglican cathedral thatDesmond Tutu led the congregation in worship. The internationally famous Anglican archbishop played an important role in the fall of the apartheid regime and in building a new South Africa as president of the Tru..

  • 9 Heart of the City Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Church Street ZA - Cape Town

    Cape Town's commercial hub is defined by Wale Street, Adderley Street, Strand Street and Long Street, a particularly lively artery. It is made up of a network of small, perpendicular, partly pedestrian streets full of the hustle and bustle of its fle..

  • 10 Greenmarket Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Greenmarket Square ZA - Cape Town

    The name of this square comes from the vegetable market that was held here in the 18C. Today it is occupied from Mondays to Saturdays by people selling objects of all kinds, particularly handicrafts and souvenirs. Note the magnificent buildings all a..

  • 11 Old Town House - Michaelis Collection Interesting

    Museums and art

    Greenmarket Square ZA - Cape Town

    The Michaelis Collection contains, among others, many works by Flemish Masters such as Ruysdael, Van Dyck and Frans Hals. The Cape Dutch style of Old Town House, the setting for these masterpieces, was inspired by 17C Dutch architecture, and is evide..

  • 12 Koopmans-de Wet House Interesting

    Museums and art

    35 Strand Street 35 ZA - Cape Town

    The Georgian-style Koopmans-de Wet House was built in the late 18C for an aristocratic family. The house became a museum in 1914 after the death of the last member of the family. The design and furnishings inside are a true reflection of the period. ..

  • 13 Evangelical Lutheran Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    98 Strand Street 98 ZA - Cape Town

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church was built in the early 1780s after non-Calvinist Protestants were given permission to worship here. It contains a magnificent sculpted wooden pulpit.

  • 14 City Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Darling Street ZA - Cape Town

    The municipal library, overlookingGrand Parade, now occupies the buildings of the former Cape Town city hall. The building has Victorian influences, a style widely represented in public colonial constructions, and is topped by a steeple.

  • 15 District Six Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    25a Buitenkant Street 25a ZA - Cape Town

    The District Six Museum provides a chance to explore the old quarter of the same name, from the days when it was teeming with a multiracial population of various denominations. From 1966 to 1982 District Six was emptied of its non-white population an..

  • 16 Rust en Vreugd Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    78 Buitekant Street 78 ZA - Cape Town

    Rust en Vreugd, built in the second half of the 18C, houses a fine collection of artwork, paintings in particular. The elegant home, surrounded by a lovely French-style garden, was built for Willem Cornelis Boers, an important figure in the Dutch Eas..

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