This old fort was once the home of the German Schutztruppe. The Alte Feste was built in 1890 to protect the early settlers in Windhoek. Later South African Union troops used the Alte Feste as their headquarters. The building was declared a National Monument in 1957 and has housed the historical section of the Windhoek State Museum since 1962. The Alte Feste now exhibits historical artefacts and has interesting information on Namibia from its earliest inhabitants and tribal culture to the independence.