This sleepy gem of the Diamond Coast was the first German settlement in South West Africa, which seems to have been an odd choice considering the extremely bleak surroundings. But the barren landscape is fascinating with its offering of solitude to visitors. The Goerke House, located on top of Diamond Hill, has wonderful views from its Art Deco interior, awash in stained glass and wood paneling. A stone cross commemorates the Portuguese discovery of the area at Diaz Point, just south of the city. For animal lovers, Jackass penguins and seals abound in the cold waters of the South Atlantic.