So you build a small town in the desert and bring in 300 Germans. Of course you need a bar.
Kolmanskop had its own ice factory so in the bar you could get cold drinks like soda water and lemonade.
Already in those days a Dry Martini was a classic drink……like a Manhattan or a Tom Collins.
But most probably the poor bartender just kept on handing over a beer. Even the Jägermeister wasn’t introduced until 1935…
Kolmanskop ice factory just next to the shop owners house. Imagine this. A desert a hundred years ago with an ice factory…
In this room here below Hr Zirkler, the butcher, was hanging his meat.
The butchery was one of the shops in the “Shopping Street”
and it was neighbor to…
…the bakery, Hr Brechlin was the baker. Once upon a time this house smelled of German baked bread…
Here below the Kolmanskop Hospital. When you enter the hospital the feeling is strange and unmistakable.
It was a very modern hospital for those times, in fact it had the first x-ray machine of the southern hemisphere. The acquisition of an x-ray machine was not only motivated by concern of the people living in Kolmanskop but was also used to detect the smuggling of diamonds.
When Kolmanskop finally was abandoned the machine was sent as a gift to Ovamboland who did all the hard work mining diamonds.
The Casino today is in a good shape and the visit to Kolmanskop starts here. The entrance hall is beautiful and from it you can go left into a tourist shop where even diamonds are sold. This is the only place where you can buy diamonds direct from Namdeb.
The bowling alley looks almost the same and it is occasionally used even today.
The Namdeb management sometimes comes here for a game and then the bar opens up as well.