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So you build a small town in the desert and bring in 300 Germans. Of course you need a bar.

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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.

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But most probably the poor bartender just kept on handing over a beer. Even the Jägermeister wasn’t introduced until 1935…

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Kolmanskop ice factory just next to the shop owners house. Imagine this. A desert a hundred years ago with an ice factory…

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Electrical panel.

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In this room here below Hr Zirkler, the butcher, was hanging his meat.

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The butchery was one of the shops in the “Shopping Street”

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and it was neighbor to…

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…the bakery, Hr Brechlin was the baker. Once upon a time this house smelled of German baked bread…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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