History of Villa Wiese . . .
Construction of Villa Wiese
started in 1904 for a certain Dr Wiese and was
finished in 1905. It served as a personal residence
for Dr Wiese and family. It was sold to various
owners and also served as a church from which the
current owners bought in in 1999 and turned it into
a backpackers lodge.
During the early 1900's other
notable events happen in the then German Controlled
Swakopmund such as the construction of an artificial
harbour better known as "the Mole" where the first
375m of a wooden pier was constructed in 1900, but
by the winter of 1906 it was completely blocked by a
Other well know buildings that
was erected during 1901 - 1908 is the Princess
Rupprecht House in 1901, the Railway Station
building (now the Swakopmund Hotel) in 1901,
followed by the first 11m of the Lighthouse in 1902
(another 10m was added in 1910), the Magistrates
court (Kaizerliches Bezirksgericht) in 1902.
Construction of the Woermann House was finished in
1905, The Kaserne in 1906 (it's unique architecture
resembles fort Namutoni in Etosha), Haus
Hohenzollern in 1906, and Antonius Hospital in 1908.
Johan and Tinkie bought Villa
Wiese and turned it into the most amazing place,
once inside you are welcomed a beautiful and well
maintained garden with wooden staircases, bridges
and fountains, that make you feel relaxed and calm.
Inside the reception / lounge bar area you will be
met by large wooden structures and furniture that
would leave you in awe.