Tulbagh lies an easy 80 minutes' drive north of Cape Town, at the northen edge of the beautiful fertile Breede River Valley. It is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges - the Obiqua Mountains to the west, the Winterhoek Mountains to the north and the Witzenberg to the east are often covered in snow during the winter months. The Great Winterhoek towers 2077m (6810ft) above sealevel and is a challenge to serious hikers during spring and autumn.
Tulbagh made headlines in 1969, when a devastating earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale, destroyed large parts of the town. An extensive reconstruction programme initiated by the government provided the funds for the resoration so that Tulbagh nowadays boasts a truely impressive collection of buildings in the Cape-Dutch style. The Oude Kerk Volksmuseum in Church Street exhibits furniture and clothes from the Victorian age and numerous documents concerning the earthquake and the subsequent restoration works.