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Contacts for Stellenbosch
33° 55' 23'' S
18° 51' 54'' E
Welcome to Stellenbosch
The town, ideally situated in a magnificent mountain valley, boasts a mild Mediterranean climate and is the ideal destination from which to explore the Winelands, Cape Town, the Peninsula and the many tourist attractions that the area has to offer.
The second oldest town in South Africa has fondly been called ‘Eikestad’ or city of oaks and its streets are lined with some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture in the Cape.
Stellenbosch is without doubt one of the prettiest little towns in the whole of South Africa. Situated at the head of the Eerste (First) River Valley, it was one of the first valleys to be settled in. The area is full of charming scenes and rich in history. The towns, villages and farmlands contain finely preserved examples of one of the most serene forms of domestic architecture found any where in the world - the Cape-Dutch style.
Today’s Stellenbosch still pays homage to culture and heritage, as the town has done since its humble Dutch origins. Each new generation of architects, buildings and town planners used the inspiration of their predecessors to ensure that the aesthetic values of Stellenbosch remained intact. The result is that to this day, the influence of many architectural styles over the last three centuries are to be seen in the meticulously restored buildings throughout the town.
From the whitewashed Anglican church and museums surrounding the emerald green Braak - Stellenbosch’s historical centre - to the myriad Cape Dutch farmhouses and the 19th century university buildings, the town exudes history and good taste.
This visual effect of Stellenbosch is of course, compounded by the fact that the town is surrounded by spectacular mountains and some of the world’s most famous vineyards adding to the town and region’s attractiveness to the local and international tourist.
Another major characteristic for Stellenbosch being such a popular destination is its vibrancy. It may be pretty and idyllic, but Stellenbosch remains a bustling town filled with busy people pursuing endless professions, as well as students studying at the world-renowned Stellenbosch University.
“Doll’s House” tourism where visitors look from the outside in is not to be found in Stellenbosch. Visitors are literally sucked into the community, welcomed and encouraged to become part of the vibrant town life for the duration of their stay.
Annual Chrysanthemum Festival
Friday, 9 May 2014
The Stellenbosch Horticulture and Industrial Society will have their annual Chrysanthemum show on Saturday 10th May 2014 in the Stellenbosch Townhall.
Thursday 8th May 2014, the members will bring their flowers to place it in the categories of competition.
Friday 9th May 2014 is adjudication day.
Saturday 10th May 2014 will be an open day to the public. Entry is free but a donation box will be at the door.
What to do?
Stellenbosch Walking Tour
Explore Stellenbosch on foot to discover more about it's Dutch heritage and well-preserved architecture, including some of the oldest structures in the country.