Minister of State for Media and Culture Monica Gruetters on Friday said the gesture showed that Germany was committed to accounting for its colonial past.
The 3.5-meter high navigation landmark, erected by Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão, was first placed on Namibia’s coast in 1498.
It was taken to Germany in 1893 after the area became a German imperial protectorate and is on display at the German Historical Museum in Berlin.
In June 2017, the Namibian government formally requested its return.
Gross at a symposium in 2018 said the Stone Cross could spark discussions about Germany’s history of colonial rule and about restitution and the return of colonial artifacts.
Faced with mounting pressure from African governments, more European countries are working to return artifacts plundered from Africa during colonial times.
The British Museum in London in 2018 also said it will return Benin bronzes looted by British soldiers to Nigeria.