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Kiel, Germany, in a nutshell

Inner Harbor Kiel (Bootshafen Kiel)
Inner Harbor Kiel (Bootshafen Kiel)

KIEL.SAILING CITY – Kiel is the capital of Schleswig-Holstein and calls itself the Sailing City.

Location map: Kiel, Germany
Location map: Kiel, Germany

Kiel is the capital of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein which is the northern-most state of Germany.

Thress expressions characterizing the city? City, beach, ships.
In the heart of Kiel, enormous Scandinavian ferries, cruise ships from all over the world, roofed shopping centres, Baltic Sea beaches and a vivid cultural scene merge together as one.

Situated around Kiel’s fjord, Schleswig-Holstein’s capital is inextricably linked to the water like no other Baltic Sea metropolis: While imposing cruise ships, luxurious yachts and traditional windjammer provide for a maritime atmosphere in the inner fjord, roofed shopping centers, individual boutiques, cosy cafés and a wide-range of cultural offers give you a wealth of choice on your visit to Kiel.

Kiel is a maritime experience and about ‘Sailing, Sailing, Sailing’.
Kiel Firth is one of the most beautiful coastal sailing areas worldwide. Every year, our city attracts national and international top stars. The capital of Schleswig-Holstein has proven its status at many occasions, such as Olympic sailing contests, World and European Championships, the German Sailing Grand Prix or the “Extreme 40 Series”.

Kiel Week is not only a sailing event but up to 1000 other events make it the biggest summer festival in the north of Europe.
Famous locations are the International Market offering specialties from many different countries, the Spiellinie providing Germany’s biggest open-air cultural offering for children, a parade of windjammer ships and the closing day fireworks at Kiel’s fjord. Visitors get the chance to experience Kiel Week’s fascinating atmosphere live from the first row by accompanying a regatta, for example, on a sailing boat a motor ship or a steamboat. Website: www.kieler-woche.de/

Children can gain their first sailing experience at Camp 24/sieben. The team of “KIEL.SAILING CITY” offers an exciting water program for children sailing optimists, jolly boats, yachts, catamarans, motor boats, sailing cutters and traditional ships.
The sailing camp invites you to its “open-camp” events at the weekends during the summer holidays to try out sailing and other activities free of charge.

Kiel Week and Gorch Fock
Kiel Week and Gorch Fock

Kiel, the maritime city

A variety of sights connected to „water“ stands witness for the fact, that Kiel is a maritime city through and through:

– Promenade „Kiellinie“
– Maritime Museum
– Harbour for sailors and oldtimer boats
– Harbour of the German Navy and base of the sail training ship “Gorch Fock”
– Light houses
– Ship yards for merchant ship building, submarine building, yachts, house and sailing boats

Top “must-see” visitor attractions

Please see next page: Highlights, ‘Must-see’, Top sights


Beach in Kiel: Heidkate Ostuferstrand
Beach in Kiel: Heidkate Ostuferstrand

Kiel means also recreation and beach life – If you are interested in enjoying the maritime way of life in a more relaxed fashion you can do this at one of the numerous beaches along Kiel’s fjord. It’s easy to forget about everyday life thanks to the fine sand, the long coastal promenades and the magnificent landscape. This can be enjoyed by both young and old alike. Amidst picturesque dunes and wide, shallow waters you can sunbathe, go for walks, play and of course make sand castles.

Visitor Info & Getting Around

How to get to Kiel

By plane. Both Hamburg International and Lübeck Airport can be reached within an hour. Hamburg: international flights daily and shuttle to Kiel (bus / taxi). Lübeck: international flights with Ryanair and Wizzair, connection to Kiel by train.
By train. Kiel main station is situated directly in the city center, only a few meters away from the ferry terminals, bus stations and the central taxi station.
By car. You directly reach Kiel city center via the A7, A210 and A215 motorways. Distances: Hamburg 90 km, Lübeck 80 km, Hannover, 250 km, Berlin 350 km.
Continuation of journey by ferry. Daily connection with Stena Line to Göteborg / Schweden and with Color Line to Oslo / Norwegen. Connection with DFDS Lisco to Klaipeda / Litauen six times per week.


ca. 247.ooo
(estimated population in 2017)


Airport Kiel
Official Website: www.airport-kiel.de/

Public Transportation

Please visit their Tourism website for further information, see web link below.

Tourism Office (in German: ‘Fremdenverkehrsamt’)

Andreas-Gayk-Straße 31B, Neues Rathaus – EG, 24103 Kiel

Official Website: www.kiel-sailing-city.de/

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