Town hall in Kiel by night © Arne List/wikicommons
Town hall in Kiel by night© Arne List/wikicommons

Seagulls fly above - a brisk breeze blows fresh sea air into the town. This north German city has a very unique atmosphere. If you like spending time in the great outdoors, Kiel is the place for you. But Kiel has more to offer you than just the sea.

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Kiel is Germany’s northernmost town. Situated right on the Baltic Sea, it is the last stop on one of the busiest artificial waterways in the world, the Kiel Canal. Kiel is an important base for the German Navy and famous for its international sailing event, the „Kieler Woche“.

The Kieler Woche takes place once a year and includes an extensive supporting programme packed full with concerts and other artistic performances and presentations. During the festival, you can also try out a regional delicacy, a fish speciality known as „Kieler Sprotten“.

The capital of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein is close to the Danish border. Kiel is a Hanseatic town. You can tell from the typical Brick Gothic architecture. Just outside Kiel, you can visit the Laboe Navy Memorial and see one of the five remaining World War Two submarines, the U 995.

A maritime town, of course, also needs a harbour. And this is located just behind the train station so that you are welcomed by the Baltic Sea as soon as you arrive in town. The road along the Kieler Förde, the Kiellinie, takes you to the seal pool and aquarium which belongs to the Geomar institute. The town’s location on the Baltic Sea also offers you the advantage that after lectures, you can hop on your bike and cycle to one of the many beaches just outside town.

Kiel’s attractions include the Old Botanic Garden, the 106-metre high Rathausturm, Germany’s oldest student theatre, the Sechseckbau, and Schrevenpark, which attracts crowds of people in the summer months.


It’s easy to relax and unwind in Kiel. The sea is noticeable everywhere in town and automatically gives you a feeling of freedom. Through the universities, you can take part in inexpensive sailing or surf courses. The International Office even has its own yacht, the , which you can sail on every Saturday. If you like to spend time in the fresh air, Kiel is the place for you. There are various ferry services that will take you from the town centre to landing stages at Laboe, Falckenstein and Friedrichsort.

Kiel also has lots to offer in the way of culture. Near the landing stage Reventlou is the Old Botanical Garden with the Literaturhaus, where lectures and readings regularly take place. Next to the hexagonal Sechseckbau, there is also a professional theatre where you can enjoy opera, ballet and theatrical performances. Both the theatre and offer student discounts.

A newer Botanical Garden can be found in the grounds of the Christian Albrechts University on Olshausenstrasse. You can come here during a free lesson or after lunch in the canteen and enjoy a stroll through the park. The grounds of the „Forstbaumschule“ are also very popular among locals. The park between the fjord and Feldstrasse has an excellent restaurant and it’s also worth coming here for the concerts.

Mention should also be made of Schrevenpark, which turns into an enormous barbecue field in the summer. On the eastern edge of the park, you can buy delicious fresh French fries from „Kiosk Castello“. Not far from here is the „Kitty Rock Belly Full“ that serves homemade organic burgers. There are also lots of new individual shops and boutiques springing up all over Kiel. One insiders‘ tip is „Eisparadies“. The homemade ice-cream made from natural ingredients is well worth queuing a little longer for.

Try „Pumpe“ for concerts and dance evenings. The Kulturzentrum also has its own cinema. Another cultural centre is „Traum GmbH“. „Detail“ is good if you want to dance to electronic beats. „Prinz Willy“ offers concerts, vegan food and regular flea markets.

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