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Bootshafen. Photo Peter Lühr, Kiel Tourism
Bootshafen. Photo Peter Lühr, Kiel Tourism
Opera House. Photo by 3-Pix, Kiel Tourism
Opera House. Photo by 3-Pix, Kiel Tourism
Christmas Market in kiel, Photo Bodo Quante
Christmas Market in Kiel, Photo Bodo Quante
Bucherplatz. Kiel Tourism, Bodo Quante
Bucherplatz. Kiel Tourism, Bodo Quante
Main Train Station. Photo Wolfgang Okon
Main Train Station. Photo Wolfgang Okon
Kiel Town Hall. Matthias Mash, Kiel Tourism
Kiel Town Hall. Matthias Mash, Kiel Tourism
Germaniahafen. Christoph Adloff, Kiel Tourism
Germaniahafen. Christoph Adloff, Kiel Tourism
Duckstein Festival at Hörn. Kiel Tourism, 3-Pix
Duckstein Festival at Hörn. Kiel Tourism, 3-Pix

Kiel Information

Kiel is the capital city for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein and home of the German Navy’s Baltic fleet. Kiel is a popular maritime tourist city and is well known for its annual event the Kiel Week that is the biggest sailing event in the world.

The area of Kiel Fjord has a very long history dating back to the Middle Ages when Vikings and Normans first settled in the area. In 1233 Adolf IV the Count of Schauenburg and Holstein officially founded the city. For more history a great place to visit is the Kiel Stadtmuseum (City Museum) and the Maritime Museum, which contains some of the city’s most historic treasures. At the Maritime museum there are three veteran ships being the lifeboat “Hindenburg”, buoy ship “Bussard” from 1905 and most peoples favorite the fireboat “Kiel”.

As the city of Kiel has an affiliation with the Sea, a wonderful place to visit is Aquarium Geomar to see marine life and the a Zoological Museum that is home to Germany’s most extensive whale exhibition with 13 spectacular skeletons to see. Those that like Greek vases and Mediterranean antiques don’t miss visiting Antikensammlung In Düsternbrooker Weg.

The Kunsthalle zu Kiel (Museum of Fine Arts) is another great tourist attraction and the amazing collection of fine artworks date back to the Dürer era to present day. For art of a musical kind, the Opernhaus Kiel (Opera House) is the city’s major venue for opera, ballet and orchestral performances. The first ever performance at the theatre was Beethoven’s Fidelo on 1st October in 1907.

To get in touch with nature the Old Botanical Gardens with its arboretum is a great hit amongst nature lovers. The gardens date back to 1825 and contain more than 280 species of flora with one of the largest ginkgo trees in the state.

An annual event not to miss is Kiel Week that attracts about 3 million visitors to Kiel. Held every year in the last week of June, the festival has plenty to offer from sailing races in the harbour, to Volksfest action on land. Kiel Week has plenty of live musical performances and the finale is spectacular with a fireworks display from the pontoons at Howaldswerke quays.

For more Kiel Holiday information you might want to visit the official Kiel government tourism website Landeshauptstadt Kiel

Aerial View of Kiel Old Town. Photo Wolfgang Okon, Keil Laneshauptstadt
Aerial View of Kiel Old Town. Photo Wolfgang Okon, Keil Laneshauptstadt
Gorge Fock at the Windjammer Parade of Keel Week. Isna Matzden, Keil Tourism
Gorge Fock at the Windjammer Parade of Keel Week. Isna Matzden, Keil Tourism