The "House of Parliament" was built in 1884 and served as seat of the british colonial government. The classical building was expanded several times later. Today it houses the "National Council of Provinces".
Artisans offer their products on the most beautiful square in the center of Cape Town. At "Greenmarket Square" you will also find the old Town Hall. On the square there are cafes and bars, like the "Purple Turtle".
After the cathedral was built in 1830, the street was named St. Georg's Street. In 1992 the former main street of the city was transformed into a pedestrian zone with trees and cafés. There are only a few large stores along the street, so hustle and bustle at St. George's Mall is rather quiet. Street vendors determine the image of Cape Town's main shopping street. Due to the many trees, the microclimate here is still quite pleasant even in summer.
The "Long Street" is the hottest street for designer shops in Cape Town. You can stroll under the painted castiron arcades in Victorian style. There are many nice restaurants and cafes in the area. The street is very popular among hip South Africans.
The red "Clock Tower" is the hallmark of the Cape Town waterfront. It served as lookout for the harbor master, who could monitor all vessel movements from the tower. The water level was measured in the basement. The beautiful tower was renovated in 1997.
Welcome to Cape Town
Cape Town has developed from a supply port of the Dutch to an exciting world city. Cape Town is with 3,7 million people bigger than Berlin. The center is rather small and most of the inhabitants live in the townships east of the Table Mountain. The colonial city center can be easily explored by foot. During the day, it is relatively safe. If you want to visit the townships you should go only on a guided tour. In the evening one can relax in one of the many restaurants at the "Waterfront".