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Castle of Good Hope

Exploring the Oldest Building in South Africa
When you take the MetroRail into the heart of Cape Town, just before you reach the station you can notice the sharp, granite corners of the Castle of Good Hope. This historic fortress, built in the late 1600’s, was originally a storage facility and fortress for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Now, it serves as a museum of the Cape’s military history and is Cape Town's oldest building.

Once inside, you're free to explore the facility on your own, or, you can join a guided tour. I did a little of both, dropping out of the guided tour to wander on my own near the end. One small highlight is De Goewerneur Restaurant, a small cafe with outdoor seating overlooking the quiet courtyard and governor’s residence.

Darling St & Buitenkant St, Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
+27 21 787 1260
Sun - Sat 9:30am - 4pm
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