Western Cape Attractions: Cape Metropole, Wynberg

Western Cape Attractions: Cape Metropole, Wynberg

Wynberg means “Wine Mountain”. It had its origins in 1658 when Jan van Riebeeck was granted a farm in the upper Liesbeeck River valley and planted vines on the south-eastern slope of the hill. This part was given the name Wynberg, the remainder retaining the original name of Boschheuwel. When the British occupied the Cape they established a military base and hospital here and the town developed around these establishments.

History And Architecture

Cape Education Museum: Located in Aliwal Road, the museum exhibits old Victorian and Edwardian education aids and school furniture, focusing on how education developed.

Little Chelsea: This charming area in Durban Road features restored streets, old cottages, shops and art galleries.

Philippi German Museum: Located in Springfield Road, this museum was once a German school, and recreates the lives of German Settlers during the 1870s. Appointments need to be made to visit the museum.

Entertainment And Shopping

Maynardville Park and open-air Theatre: Shows are hosted here only during the summer months and include performances of Shakespeare’s works. The annual Community Chest Festival is also held here

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