One of the best things about Cape Town, being the oldest city in the country, is its incredible history. The majority of the city’s historical sites and attractions are in the city bowl, and conveniently within walking distance of the Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments. Here are three which you simply cannot miss while visiting the Mother City.
This reminder of our rocky past, specifically during the apartheid years, can’t be missed, by anyone. Whether you’re a guest at Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments, or a local Capetonian, you have to visit the District Six Museum at least once. The award winning museum reveals what it was really like when the apartheid government declared the area “whites only” and more than 60,000 people were forced to leave their homes and to be relocated to the Cape Flats. It is a stark, yet fascinating, insight into the history of our city, and no historical journey through Cape Town would be complete without it.
Connecting Orange St (the road which passes the Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments) with Adderley Street visitor will find the Museum Mile. This walkway passes straight through the Company Gardens and offers a slice of tranquility in the hustle and bustle of central Cape Town. There is a symbolic silent bell which serves as testimony to the slaves who once worked the former vegetable garden. Along the oak tree lined walkway, or Government Avenue as it is officially known, you will also find the National Gallery, the Houses of Parliament, the Iziko Museum, Planetarium, and Slave Lodge. A mere 5 minute walk from our hotel, this should be the first walk you take as it’ll immerse you into the heart of the city.
Now, if you’re from Europe, this castle might not be exactly what you’re accustomed to, but in the grand scheme of South African history, its role cannot be overstated enough. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, it is to this day the oldest colonial building in the country. With numerous exhibits and rooms to explore, it’s another essential stop for anyone interested in South Africa history.
We hope that you enjoy your stay with us at the Garden’s Centre Holiday Apartments, and that on your next visit you explore the wonderful city, set at the foot of South Africa’s most famous mountain.