Die Braak (village green) Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch is a charming town, the heart of which is centred around 'Die Braak' or village green. In the hot summer days Die Braak is bustling with students and tourist alike, trying to find a shady spot in which to relax.
Around Die Braak are many interesting historical buildings which are well worth a visit. The VOC Kruithuis built in 1777, is where the gunpowder and ammunition was stored, as in its day it was on the outskirts of the town, today however the town has grown and the Kruithuis is a small and interesting military style museum
The Church of St Mary, a thatched roofed church built in 1852, is a lovely example of Cape Dutch architecture. Coachman's Cottage and the old Burgerhuis are also found around Die Braak.
There are many small shops and stalls selling traditional African souvenirs and the stall holders aren't afraid to haggle to get you the best possible price! Die Braak is also the home to many coffee shops and restaurants, where one can relax and take in Stellenbosch's wonderful atmosphere.
In days gone by Die Braak was used for military parades, fairs and festivals.