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Kiel is the capital city of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein and has a population of roughly 240,000. It is located at the Baltic Sea at the end of the "Kieler Förde".

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Kiel Canal, GermanyDuring the Second World War, Kiel was severely bombed, because of its submarine-producing shipyard. Both civil and military ships are being built in Kiel nowadays and the tall cranes dominate the eastern shore of the Förde (fjord).

The bombing destroyed almost all historic buildings in Kiel and even the older looking buildings were built after WW2. So, if you come to the "Kieler Schloss" (Kieler Castle) don't be disappointed. There isn't much left of the original building. During the rebuilding after WW2, mostly modern architecture was used. 

Get around

Kiel has a relatively good public transport system based on buses and ferries, both operated by VRK. The taxi service is good, but expensive.

Kiel is very flat, and bicycles can be hired at various places. It is quite an easy day to ride from Kiel to Laboe, catch a ferry to Strande, and cycle back to Kiel.

Nord Ostsee Kanal, Kiel Canal, GermanyAttractions and things to do:

  • The main tourist attraction is the Kieler Woche  ("Kiel Week") at the end of June. See below for more information.
  • Also famous is in Laboe (part of Kiel on the east-side of the fjord) the only surviving Type VII-C U-boat from World War 2 at the shore and the "Marine-Ehrenmal" (Navy Memorial) with a high tower.
  • Kiel is famous for the Nord-Ostsee Kanal (Kiel Canal), the world's busiest canal. It is possible to walk or cycle for almost the entire length (99km) directly along the canal from Kiel to Brunsbüttel (estuary of the Elbe, on the North Sea Coast), staying overnight in the town of Rendsburg.
  • Kiel is the home of the German Baltic fleet, and it is common to see all types of German warships and submarines in the "Förde", including the training sailing vessel Gorch Fock. 
Kieler Woche

Besides being world's largest sailing event the Kieler Woche is one of Germany's largest festivals. Apart from the sailing, the entire center of the town is transformed into an international food and craft fair, with regular big name performers appearing nightly. Due to Kiel's high latitude nights in the summer are short. If you intend to visit Kiel during this time book your hotel well ahead and bear in mind that the waterfront and major parts of downtown will be inaccessible for cars.

Information on events isposted all over town and through a free magazine which will be distributed about a month before the event. Events include entertainment for kids during daytime throughout the entire week and lots of open air concerts. Most concerts end around 11PM and nightlife moves to indoor venues as well as the Eggerstedtstrasse.

Aside from an abundance of food and drink outlets along the streets the International Market on the Rathausmarkt is the place to go for food and drink. A few dozen countries operate booths on the open-air market offering food and drinks from the particular countries. The Kieler Nachrichten newspaper runs a special about food on the market in its Saturday edition. If you cannot decide from the endless choices head over to the Scandinavian area or to wherever crowds are gathering. 

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Hotel Birke Kiel-Das Business & Wellness Hotel, Ringhotel Kiel
This Kiel spa hotel is near Sparkassen-Arena. Dining options at Hotel Birke Kiel-Das Business und Wellness Hotel, Ringhotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna, and a steam room. Spa amenities include spa services and beauty services. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff, gift shops/newsstands, and laundry facilities. 
Intercity Hotel Kiel
This charming property is located in the city of Kiel, directly at the train station and only minutes from the shipping and ferry terminal. The hotel is just 3 kilometres from the A215 motorway and about 10 kilometres away from the Kiel-Holtenau Airport.  This property offers 124 spacious and extensively appointed accommodation units that come with modern conveniences to ensure you a memorable stay.  Enjoy superb view of Kiel inlet and the harbour with regional, international as well as vegetarian cuisine served at the on-site restaurant. The cosy bar is an ideal place to unwind with excellent drinks, fine wines and cold beers.
Nordic Hotel Astor Kiel
This hotel is located in Kiel. Sparkassen-Arena is an area attraction. This 3.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a bar/lounge, multilingual staff, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. There are 84 guestrooms at Nordic Hotel Astor. Furnishings include desks and sofa beds. Coffee/tea makers and minibars are offered. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones and in-room safes. Televisions have satellite channels. 
Steigenberger Conti-Hansa Hotel Kiel
Located opposite the Baltic Sea Quay and Kiel Fjord, the Steigenberger Conti-Hansa hotel is only a few minutes drive from the city centre.  All the accommodation units are well-furnished and equipped with a host of modern amenities to make you feel at home.  Guests can dine on delicious menu in a comfortable atmosphere at the in-house restaurant and also enjoy the unusual taste of cocktails that offers you a special pleasure as you take it in.
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