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City Stellenbosch

Wine Capital
Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in South Africa, is nestled in a beautiful valley in the Western Cape Province. The city is named after Simon van der Stel, the Dutch governor, who planted the first vines here in 1679. Meanwhile, Stellenbosch has become the wine capital of the country. Not only for gourmets, but also for lovers of culture Stellenbosch has enough to offer. The centre is full of museums and old buildings from the colonial era. Sport lovers can enjoy golf, horseback riding, hiking, tennis, biking, fly fishing and mountain biking.

Stellenbosch has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool winters with lots of rain. Summer runs from December to February. The minimum temperature is then 26 ° C, but can be up to 36 ° C. June to August is winter and the temperature is between 15 ° C and 20 ° C.

Things to do:

Wine Route
From Stellenbosch the first and most famous wine route in South Africa starts. Around the city are no less than 106 wine cellars. The Stellenbosch Wine Route is cut into five pieces and passes the famous wineries including Spier Wine Estate. This wine estate includes a manor house, pub, restaurant, farm and wine centre. On this estate clients can also visit Eagle Encounters. Every winter there is the Stellenbosch Wine Festival in town. Guests enjoy more than 500 types of wine, music, dance and art at this great event.

Stellenbosch is also called Eikestad. There are large oak trees everywhere, which is lovely for lazing in the shade. The Oak trees date from the 17th century, when there was a need to grow oak through the first winemakers. The origins of European farmers were namely used to make their wine casks of oak. It soon became clear that this timber with the African climate was too spongy to make wine barrels.

Dorp Straat
The main street of the town is Dorp Street. It has beautiful, monumental buildings in Cape Dutch style, with richly decorated facades, shutters and gates. There are also many buildings in Georgian and Victorian architecture. Most buildings today serve as a shop, restaurant, or hotel.

Oom Samie se Winkel
One of the most famous shops in the Dorp Straat is Oom Samie se Winkel. The shop looks exactly as it did after it opened, about two hundred years ago. When you walk into Oom Samie you will smell anything between ancient antiques, kitsch clothing or wine, spices and you can buy fruit.

As old as the city itself is the impressive Moederkerk (Mother Church) in the village square. This church has survived a number of fires. After the last fire, the church was rebuilt in 1863 in neo-Gothic style, designed by the German artist Carl Otto Hagar.

Stellenbosch has a number of interesting museums. The Village Museum consists of several restored historic houses, with their decor of then giving an impression of life in the past. In the Toy & Miniature Museum there are old toys and detailed miniatures and Rupert Museum houses with modern art. Furthermore, there is the art gallery Rembrandt van Rijn, the wine museum Stellenrijck and cognac museum Oude Meester which is worth a visit.

Student City
Stellenbosch is one of the most famous universities of the African continent: the Stellenbosch University. It is located right in the centre and attracts more than 17 000 students annually. Stellenbosch is therefore a real student city, with many lively bars and a busy nightlife. 

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