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  Hotel Pension Palmquell was established in 1997 by Fritz and Trude Pfaffenthaler. Both are from the Steiermark region in Austria. Fritz visited the former South West Africa in 1968 on a trip around the world and fell in love with it. In 1971 he brought his wife and stayed for good. In the country of almost unlimited opportunities he started his own electrical shop but later joined a large company where he remained for 25 years. At the same time he and his wife also ran their own restaurant in downtown Windhoek for a while. In addition, Fritz Pfaffenthaler was Austria’s honorary consul in Namibia from 1989 until 1995.  
  In 1995, when Namibia had been independent for several years and tourists flocked to the country in increasing numbers, the Pfaffenthalers decided to extend their large residential property in Klein Windhoek and enter the hospitality business. Hotel Pension Palmquell opened in 1997 and has since gained a reputation as an up-market guest house with a personal touch. Loyal staffers who have been with Palmquell almost from day one have contributed to this success. They are indispensable pillars of the flourishing family business. By now a new generation is taking over: son Florian joined in 2002 after completing a hotel business course - with special training to become a chef - in Cape Town.  
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  Hotel Pension Palmquell
P.O.Box 6143
Windhoek, Namibia
  Tel: + 264-61-234374
Fax: + 264-61-234483
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