This is a small but attractive, intriguing and friendly German town, incongruously beached on the African coast. Many of the houses have towers from which their merchant owners used to watch for arriving ships, just like their counterparts. Baltic seaports and 11 buildings are now protected as national monuments. Among notable ones are the former Administrator’s summer residence, the jail - designed to look like a country house - and the imposing neo-Baroque extravagance of the railway station.