Hermanus is known primarily for the best land-based whale-watching in the world, and its 12km Cliff Path which is arguably one of the best urban walks in the world, is ideal for spotting the Southern Right Whales which visit every year between June and September (sometimes as late as early December).
Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein but shortened as the name was too long for the postal service), is at the heart of the Overstrand Municipality (Pringle Bay, Hangklip, Betty's Bay, Kleinmond, Onrus, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai) with 80,400 inhabitants (2011 census) about 115km from Cape Town.
Hermanus boasts a historic railway station building without a railway line. The founders of the town decided not to lay any tracks as this would have made Hermanus more commercial and felt that it needed to stay a small Fisherman's Village. To this day the locals still refer to it as "the village."