When summer hits Cape Town, tourists flock to the tip of Africa. Unlike most other tourists that visit the Mother City for two weeks and then head back, German tourists find it hard to leave and soon find themselves calling Cape Town home. Here are just a few reasons Germans are wild for Cape Town.
1. The Beaches
Lets start with the obvious — the gorgeous beaches of Cape Town. Yes, unlike Germany, Cape Town has plenty of stunning beaches to choose from. Germans can cook their skin in the warm African sun all day long, then walk around like red lobsters to their hearts content during their stay in Cape Town.
2. Cheap Flights To Cape Town
For around $800 you can get a return flight directly from Munich to Cape Town. Even though it is a long 11.5-hour flight, Germans don’t care, they flock to Cape Town because it’s totally worth it.
3. SchwarzBrotGold German Breadhouse
Do you smell that? It’s the smell of freshly baked German bread coming from SchwarzBrotGold German Breadhouse wafting down the streets of Cape Town. From delicious stollen to freshly baked German breads, you’ll find it all here.
4. Skipping The German Winter
Forget the snow and cold, and head on down to Cape Town for some summer sunshine. While everyone in Germany has their fireplaces fired up and thermal underwear on, Germans in Cape Town are in their Speedos and bikinis on the beach.
5. Raith Gourmet
There is nothing like food from home. So when Germans in Cape Town feel like a bratwurst or sauerkraut, they head to Raith Gourmet that sells various meat at the butchery and has a deli where you can pick up a delicious meal. You’ll find everything from bockwurst to blutwurst at both branches (one in Gardens and the other in Constantia).
6. Beers At Beerhouse on Long Street
Not only do Germans love Cape Town’s locally brewed beers, but they can enjoy a glass of their favourite German beer like Jever, Paulaner Salvator and Bitburger at Beerhouse on Long Street.
7. Low Cost Of Living
The South Africa rand is looking pretty dismal compared to the Euro, so why shouldn’t Europeans take full advantage of their strong currency. Germans can stay in the most expensive suburbs like Clifton and Camps Bay, eat at the best restaurants, and shop till they drop without breaking the bank.
8. Café Extrablatt
This German franchise has made its way to Cape Town and serves German food with a South African flair. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner while overlooking the beautiful Cape Town Stadium at Café Extrablatt.
9. Locals Love Accents
As soon as someone has an accent they become 10x sexier! So when the beautiful people of Cape Town hear that lovely German accent, there’ll be long distance love in the air.
10. Dinkel German Bakery
Located in the trendy suburb of Tamboerskloof, this traditional German Bakery sells freshly baked breads, cakes, and cookies that you can enjoy at home or at their coffee shop. Dinkel also serves delicious German breakfasts and daily lunches. It’s just another place to get a taste of home in the heart of Cape Town.
11. The German Club
Everyone that loves German culture, sport and language can go to The German Club. Whether its just chatting to a fellow tourist or expat in German, watch the Bundesliga or enjoying German cuisine, The German Club has it all.
12. Laid-back Lifestyle
Cape Town really works on African time making it the most laid-back city in South Africa. Most Germans leave their worries at the airport and just go with the infectious Cape Town flow!
13. German Schools
There’s not one, but five German schools in Cape Town including St. Martini Kindergarten, German Kindergarten, KunterbuntKidz and German International School. These schools are normal South African school open to locals, but it’s all in German.
14. The People
Capetonians might be cliquey, but they are loyal, friendly and helpful. You can trust your neighbours, find help where ever you go, and you’ll also have a good time with Capetonians.
15. A Lekker Braai
No matter where in South Africa you are, you can always look forward to lekker braai (nice BBQ) at the end of a long week. With the sun out, the fresh sea breeze and cold beers, South Africans are totally ok with putting bratwurst on the fire — as long as they bring enough for everyone.