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Bloemfontein is lush, verdant city that is known as the ""City of Roses"" to South Africans. It is a popular, vibrant, centrally located city which enjoys excellent air, road, and rail links, and sports a bustling public transport system that serves all the points of the compass. As such, it is easily reachable from almost anywhere, and is popular with visitors from both South Africa and further afield.
The city is an important one, being placed among South Africa's three national capitals. The name of the city comes from a Dutch word which means ""fountain of flowers"" and it is aptly named, with a wonderful abundance of blooms filling the many gardens and parks in the city. Bloemfontein sits high above sea level and being landlocked has no beach like many of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. This in no way detracts from the beauty of the city, which is large, modern, and surprisingly free of litter. It plays home to almost 400 000 residents, has a number of fine educational establishments, and famously hosted several of the matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Bloemfontein is popular with travellers from across the world, especially those interested in sports. The city has two rugby union teams, a Premier Soccer League team, a motocross track, the famous Free State Stadium, and much more. Many students also move to Bloemfontein to further their education, with the Central University of Technology and the University of the Free State both being large, publicly recognised tertiary institutions. Moreover, if you are neither a student nor an avid sports fan, the city sports a number of excellent museums, a large and popular zoo, and numerous bars, pubs, and restaurants. It also has a famous cheetah reserve, the always popular Windmill Casino, and many important architectural icons. It is also of great interests to students of military history, with a wealth great historical significance from the Anglo-Boer War.
Whether you are visiting the area for work, study, or pleasure, you can rest assured that you will have a great time. Bloemfonte hotels are clean and relatively inexpensive, and there is plenty to see and do. No matter what you are looking for, including accommodation, sightseeing trips, organised tours, museums, or anything else, you can check classified ads for a wide range of amenities and services.