Stellenbosch – points of interest

Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa, after Cape Town. The town is lined with exceptional examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture. The old part of Stellenbosch offers cosy secluded lanes, water furrows and museums alongside trendy restaurants and coffee shops.

With a population of 24 600 students, Stellenbosch certainly does not lack for ambience and excitement. But apart from that and the charm of the historical town, the setting is magnificent. Stellenbosch is surrounded by the Stellenbosch mountains, home to hundreds of spectacular wine estates. The town itself has a wealth of interest for residents and visitors alike. Being the second oldest city in South Africa, it has wonderful museums.

Museums

The Burgerhuis was built in the early 1700’s and has been beautifully preserved. It is a typically elegant example of the home of a wealthy citizen of the time. Step inside and step back into history!

The Stellenbosch Village Museum is made up of four historically interesting houses and their gardens. Each represents a different architectural period and has been beautifully restored.

The Toy and Miniature Museum is an enchanting world of its own. It has a collection of toys, miniature houses and cars, room boxes and antique dolls, as well as a miniature of the famous Blue Train.

The V.O.C Kruithuis is a unique powder museum. It is the last of its kind in the country and dates back to the 1700’s when employees of the  Dutch East India Company formed mounted and infantry military units in Stellenbosch.

The University of Stellenbosch, in the centre of town, also has a Geology Museum and an Art Museum and Gallery.

Oom Samie se Winkel

“Uncle Samie’s Shop” is an old-fashioned general dealer in Stellenbosch. It was one of the town’s first trading stores, owned by Oom Samie Volsteedt from 1907. Oom Samie was known for his kindness and generosity. The store still stocks a little bit of everything – dried fish, tanned leather, ostrich eggs, curios, lacework, home-made preserves and a variety of spices. There is a charming tea garden at the back of the shop.

The University of Stellenbosch

The campus of the university centres around Victoria Street which is lined with plane trees and historical university buildings, including the “Ou Hoofgebou” (Old Main Building), built in 1886. The Langenhoven Student Centre, better known as the “Neelsie”, is the social hub of campus. The food hall features various food and fast-food outlets ranging from home-style meals to takeaways.

Van Ryn Brandy Centre

Brandy is distilled in many cellars throughout the winelands. The Van Ryn cellar dates back to 1845. It offers tours and tastings, as well as brandy, coffee and chocolate pairings. See the resident cooper practise his craft and learn how brandy is distilled in a 19th century Cognac pot still.

Stellenbosch Wine Estates

Stellenbosch is the heart of the South African wine industry. Daily wine tasting, cellar tours and sales, and even vineyard walks are offered at most wine estates. Many of them have award-winning restaurants and picnic facilities, and some even host seasonal outdoor concerts.

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