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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?

Are there any cultural highlights, museums?

Ideas for 2-3 activities and daytrips?

Good restaurants for dinner?

Typical tourist activities or places that one should NOT do, as they are not worthwhile doing.

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How to get around and find best means of local transportation?

"Can you tell me what is the distance from the cruise docks to the museum? I will be coming to Kiel in a couple of weeks time on a cruise and would like to get to the museum by using my mobility scooter if it is possible. My poor husband will have to walk. If the distance is not very far. Jill Carson" (posted 06/18/2014)

It takes about 30 min to the Ship Arts Museum (on the fjord). The other museums are a little further away. I. Pusch
Answer provided by Ingrid Pusch on 06/19/2014
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The Molfsee village museum is located about 5 km from the cruise ship pier. Sincerely, Daniel Goetz www.oeko-holiday-kiel.de
Answer provided by Götz Daniel on 06/19/2014
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This question can not be answered as the museum is not specified. In Kiel there as Numerous museums! Some are close to the cruise docks, some are in the distance!
Answer provided by Matthias Kern on 06/18/2014
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"From the cruise port terminal, what public transportation can I use to get to Old Market/Old Town? Distance from terminal to bus stop? Bus stop number?Specific walking directions from terminal..i.e. turn left/right? Thanking you in advance for your assistance." (posted 04/03/2015)

Hello. From Schwedenkai can run to the old market (about 15-20 min.)
Answer provided by Michael Held on 04/04/2015
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Ladies and gentlemen, it is not far to come by the investor to the Old Market. Within walking distance is the route: Preview A Ostseekai, 24103 Kiel Head northeast 0.2 km Turn left towards Düsternbrooker way turn 53 m turn left on Düsternbrooker road 0.2 km Continue on Wall 0.4 km Turn right on Flemish Str.0,1 km Turn left onto Eggerstedtstraße The goal is on the right. 41 m B Alter Markt, 24103 Kiel
Answer provided by Anne Wieboldt on 04/04/2015
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"We will be in Kiel in July and want to know more about the ferries to Laboe. Do you know where the Holland America cruise ships dock? Is it the newer terminal which isn't as close to City Center? Is it very hard to get to City Center and to the ferries to Laboe? Thank you!!" (posted 04/07/2015)

The timetable for the delivery steamer to Laboe can be found here: http://www.sfk-kiel.de/de/faehrlinien/foerde/ The cruise ships dock in the city center. Take the ferry from Laboe can to "Bahnhof" go and then you drive past the cruise ships. If you "train station" or "Sea Garden", gets out, you can walk on foot to the ships (but sometimes one can not directly ran, because it is a locked port range that is used for loading and unloading of ships).
Answer provided by Michael Held on 04/09/2015
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There are several investors in Kiel for ferries to Laboe.Einmal over the Bay of Kiel costs about 3 euros. Depending on the depth set the cruise ships tend to be on the eastern shore terminal an.Aber from there is the city easily accessible.
Answer provided by Ingrid Pusch on 04/14/2015
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"Hi, we are coming to Kiel on a cruise ship for a day. I would like to cycle from the cruise ship terminal along the harbour and go north to the ship canal. Is there somewhere I could hire a bicycle in Kiel?" (posted 05/10/2015)

https://www.kiel.de/leben/verkehr/clever_mobil/umsteiger/radstation/verleih.php
Answer provided by Michael Held on 05/11/2015
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Hello, yes you can rent bicycles near the train station for 7.50 € to 18 € (electric bicycle). This is the link for the bike rental: http://www.kiel.de/leben/verkehr/clever_mobil/umsteiger/radstation/verleih.php Sunny regards from northern Germany Anne Wieboldt
Answer provided by Anne Wieboldt on 05/11/2015
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Bicycle Rental Kiel www.meinestadt.de Tel.Nr .: 0431-6667075 MfG I. Pusch
Answer provided by Ingrid Pusch on 05/11/2015
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"Will be in Kiel July on the Eurodam. Need information to get to the Navy Museum in Laboe from Ostseekai (berth 28). Would like to take ferry if possible. How far is it to the museum once you are off ferry in Laboe? Any other suggestions for how to spend our day in Kiel? Ship leaves at 5 PM (17:00). Thank you!!" (posted 06/24/2015)

The Marine Museum is daily. Open from 9:00 Uht. There is a ferry (ca.stündlich) from investors Seegarten to Laboe. This investor is about 5 minutes from Ostseekai away. MfG I.Pusch ps if I was not powerful the English language, I would not understand this translation.
Answer provided by Ingrid Pusch on 06/24/2015
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Where to find good quality groceries?

"I need a grocery store in Kiel on a Sunday. Is there any shop like that open on Sunday 15th of February?" (posted 02/06/2015)

The supermarket "REWE" in Kiel main station is also open on Sunday.
Answer provided by Anne Wieboldt on 02/06/2015
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The shops within the station are also open Sunday.
Answer provided by Ingrid Pusch on 02/09/2015
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In Kiel, the shops are closed, only in the bathrooms Laboe and Schoenberg, the shops are open on Sunday from 11 bi 17 clock.
Answer provided by Michael Held on 02/06/2015
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Are there any special local events?

Are there any local food specialties one should try out?

What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?

"Best places to plan for kids 6 and 8 year old, and what are best things to take back as souvenir which are not very expensive" (posted 05/28/2014)

There are some opportunities for children in Kiel. Search among www.kiel-sailing-city.de For souvenirs: very orginell are "sprats", in wooden box packaged smoked sardines. Ships in bottles, amber jewelry, (it is only on the Baltic Sea) LG I. Pusch
Answer provided by Ingrid Pusch on 06/02/2014
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Directly in Kiel, there is the Maritime Museum, the Aquarium, where you can visit the marine animals. You can go to the beach or stroll in downtown with the kids. Directly from our farm there is a park with playground. Just outside of Kiel in Gettorf it is a very nice zoo. Or in case of bad weather, you can go to the Mediendom or in the indoor playground "Sumsum". Everything is either partially be reached on foot or by bus. Very nice is also a ferry ride to Laboe at the beach. There you can visit a submarine or visit the Laboe Ehrenmahl. Or about 1.2 KM away from us make a Schwentine tour with a small steamer.
Answer provided by Gerrit Thomsen on 06/02/2014
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The best spots are, in the summer, the Falkenstein beach, also the high ropes course in Pries-Friedrichsort. In addition, Molfsee (a very nice and large open-air museum with a funfair from 100 years ago, with a great whirligig). Also of interest is the Kiel Aquarium with its seals. Beautiful tour across the Kiel fjords on the ferries. There, I recommend a trip to Laboe, where you can visit the U boat from the 2nd World War from the inside. There are many attractions in Kiel which are great to visit with children. Souvenirs are, for example, Kiel sprats (which come in a small wooden box)
Answer provided by Götz Daniel on 05/30/2014
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Aquarium Kiel, animal enclosure in Gettorf, wave pool in Laboe, Eckernfoerde, fjord steamer ride, Karl-May-Festival in Bad Segeberg, etc
Answer provided by Matthias Kern on 05/28/2014
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"Which is the best area to stay in Kiel?" (posted 11/23/2014)

3 hotels Ringhotel Birke Kiel, Maritim Hotel Bellevue, InterCityHotel Kiel MfG I. Pusch
Answer provided by Ingrid Pusch on 11/23/2014
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A very interesting district of Kiel's Schilksee. Of course, the question is always what you want to do mainly in Kiel. Schilksee located directly on the beach and the marina and has become known as the venue for the 1972 Olympic sailing events. The Olympic Center offers to go to the pool or gym / sauna in bad weather the way. In addition, there is public very well connected to explore by bus or ferry Fjord (in summer) the city.
Answer provided by Anne Wieboldt on 11/24/2014
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Between the fjord and the city, for example, at block mountain that is quiet and everything is within walking distance.
Answer provided by Matthias Kern on 11/23/2014
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"We are 6 Australian tourist off a cruise ship and would like to do a guided tour, English, Keil to Lubeck and back. about 6 hours. Saturday 8 August 2015 Can you advise a local tour guide or Tour company for a private tour/ Thanks Mike " (posted 05/12/2015)

In my opinion, there is no tour of Kiel to Lübeck in 6 hours (the journey time is already a hour between the two cities). Therefore, I would opt for a city. Kiel: https://www.kiel-sailing-city.de/en/interne-ausl-seiten/sightseeing/sightseeing-tours.html Lübeck: http://www.luebeck-tourism.de/discover/city-walks -trips / Guided tours.html
Answer provided by Michael Held on 05/12/2015
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"Hi! Can you tell me if there are day tours from Kiel to Danmark by bus? It can be an organised tour or a simple bus connection. I hope to hear from you soon! Kind regards, Andrea Stephen" (posted 06/28/2015)

Day trips from Kiel to Denmark are not known to me. Usually, you can take the train that runs several times a day, for example on Eckernförde and Flensburg. In Flensburg you sometimes change. Individual trains continue to Bänemark. Sincerely eco-holiday-Kiel Family Monika and Daniel Götz Ringelnatz Straße 20a, 24159 Kiel Tel 0431 88704416 Mobile 01708028261 kontakt@oeko-ferienwohnung-kiel.de www.oeko-ferienwohnung-kiel.de
Answer provided by Götz Daniel on 06/29/2015
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Is there a good local deli or restaurant with lunch menu?

Are there any points of interest or local attractions?

"Hi, Can you tell me how many meters is Holstenstraße? All the guide books say that it's one of the longest in Germany. Thanks! Ann" (posted 02/12/2015)

Hello, Holsten street is pedestrianized since 1953 and about 500 m long.
Answer provided by Michael Held on 02/13/2015
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Hello, Holsten road is about 800 meters long. It it a pedestrian zone here. Guests of the cruise ships and ferries from Scandinavia like to shop here. But I think you might mean the Holtenauser road. It is a very long shopping street with many interesting shops. It is about 1500 m long, you can view the streets in Google Maps. Sincerely idol Daniel Eco-Holiday-Kiel family Monika Goetz and Daniel Ringelnatz Street 20a, 24159 Kiel Tel 0431 88704416 mobile 01708028261 kontakt@oeko-ferienwohnung-kiel.de www.oeko-ferienwohnung-kiel.de
Answer provided by Götz Daniel on 02/13/2015
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Hi, excuse that they had to wait for the answer so long. The road is about 1 km long. I do not think it is the longest it, but it is the first car-free pedestrian area (shopping street) in Germany. Greeting Dietmar
Answer provided by Anne Wieboldt on 02/15/2015
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What are good places to go for shopping?

"What are the opening hours of the shopping center? I need to buy a suitcase, is this place convenient regarding prices?" (posted 08/17/2014)

The Sophienhof shopping center, across from the train station, is open from 8 am to 8 pm. The prices are more reasonable at Plaza and Ikea. The hours of operation are the same. Regards, I. Putsch
Answer provided by Ingrid Pusch on 08/18/2014
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Normally the shops in Kiel are open from 9 am to 8 pm. There are 2 good shopping centers (Sophienhof on Holstenstrasse, close to travel connections in the center of Kiel) and City Park (that can be reached by regional rail, about 10 minutes from the main train station). Kind regards from the Kiel fords, Daniel Goetz Öko-Ferienwohnung-Kiel Familie Monika und Götz Daniel Ringelnatzsstraße 20a D- 24159 Kiel Tel 0431 338701 Handy 01708028261 kontakt@oeko-ferienwohnung-kiel.de www.oeko-ferienwohnung-kiel.de
Answer provided by Götz Daniel on 08/18/2014
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In Kiel, there are various shopping centers with different hours of operation, usually 9 am to 9 pm. The prices are okay.
Answer provided by Matthias Kern on 08/19/2014
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Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?

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Popular Points of Interest in and near Kiel

  • Old Botanical Garden, Kiel
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    Old Botanical Garden, Kiel

    The Old Botanical Garden in Kiel (German: Alter Botanischer Garten Kiel) (2.5 hectares), also known as the Old Botanical Garden on the Fjord (Alter Botanischer Garten an der Förde), is a former botanical garden and arboretum located at Düsternbrooker Weg 19, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is open daily without charge.

    Kiel has had various botanical gardens since 1668, when professor Johann Daniel Major (1634–1693) established his horticus medicus within the garden of Kiel Castle. It is unclear whether this garden survived the Danish occupation of 1675-1676. Subsequent gardens were established on the site of the former Franciscan monastery on the Falckstraße (from 1727) and the garden at the Prüne (from 1803). No trace of these early gardens remains.

    The Old Botanical Garden began as the private park of tobacco manufacturer Abraham Christian Brauer, who in 1825 created a garden with curved walkways, differentiated woody plantings, a swan pond, and excellent views of Kiel's fjord landscape. Upon his death in 1868 the site was acquired by the University of Kiel, and from 1878-1884 was refashioned by botanist Adolf Engler as a botanical garden, introducing geographic plantings of exotic species while preserving the landscape aesthetics. In 1891 the university added a hilltop pavilion, an octagonal brick building with a graceful dome of iron mesh, and in 1906 added the garden inspector's cottage. After the university created a new botanical garden on its campus in 1978 (the University Botanical Gardens), the garden became a public park in 1980. Its fence and pavilion were extensively restored from 1984–1994, and since 1998 the cottage has served as the Literature House of Schleswig-Holstein.

  • Zoological Museum of Kiel University
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    Zoological Museum of Kiel University

    The Zoological Museum of Kiel University is a zoological museum in Kiel, Germany. It was founded by naturalist Karl Möbius, and architect Martin Gropius designed the building.

    The exhibitions display systematics, evolution, tropical and German fauna, butterfly ecology and history of zoology in Kiel.

    Collections include specimens of Johann Daniel Major, Johann Christian Fabricius and Christian Rudolph Wilhelm Wiedemann and from marine zoology expeditions - Galathea Expedition 1845–1847, the Albatross expedition 1876–1885, the German Plankton-Expedition 1889, the first German deep-sea expedition 1898–1899 and the first German southpolar expedition 1901–1903.

    The museum is part of the University of Kiel.

  • Maritime Museum

    Kiel's Maritime Museum is located in a former fish auction hall on the quayside. Visitors can see models of ships, nautical instruments, naval paintings, figureheads, a Kaiserpanorama showing 3D stereoscopic pictures and a panoramic picture of the harbor that measures 27m² and is the largest ever painting of Kiel. The Brandtaucher built in Kiel in 1850 by Wilhelm Bauer was the first working submarine in the world and a model of it takes pride of place in the museum. Also open to the public are three vintage ships moored up to the adjacent museum jetty: the Hindenburg lifeboat, the Kiel fire-fighting ship and the Bussard, a 1905 buoy layer with a fascinating historical steam engine and boiler room.

    Hours: April 15 - October 14 open daily 10am - 6pm. October 15 - April 14 open Tuesday – Sunday 10am - 5pm.

    Admission: suggested donation of 1 € Adults, .50 € children.

  • Naval Monument and Museum

    Naval Monument and Museum

    The Naval Monument towers 85 meters high above the Baltic coast at the entrance of the Kiel fjord and is visible for miles around. The monument was originally built to remember the members of the Imperial German Navy who died in the First World War, but in May 1954 it became a memorial for seamen of all nations and to commemorate peaceful seafaring on the open seas. Besides the unusually shaped tower, there is also an underground hall of remembrance, a historical hall with many ship models and other naval and maritime history exhibits and a 7,000m² open space covered with sandstone from the river Weser, on a total area of almost six hectares. A Second World War U-995 submarine was converted into a museum in 1972 to present the ideas and objectives of the Naval Monument. Visitors can gain first-hand experience of the suffering and fear faced by those involved in battles at sea. In good weather you can see as far as Denmark from the top of the memorial.

    Hours: April 16 - October 15: open daily 9:30am – 6pm. October 16 - April 15: 9:30am – 4pm.

    Admission: Monument: Adults 2.80 €, children under 17 1.80 €, U-995: Adults 2 €, children 1.50 €.

  • Old Botanical Gardens
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    Old Botanical Gardens

    The Old Botanical Garden is a green treasure at the fringe of Kiel's old town and the only former Botanical Garden in Schleswig-Holstein. It shows with over 280 woody plants in over 470 exemplifies probably the most diverse and valuable woody plant stock of all historical countryside gardens in the region.

    The pavilion represents the crowning of the garden and the cupola is regarded as the crown of the city of Kiel. It was constructed as octagonal clinker building in 1891 and the viewing platform grants a wonderful view over the Fjord, one of Kiel's loveliest views.

    The area of the Botanical Garden was from 1884 to 1985 part of the university Kiel and has become since then a public park. It is open daily.

  • Aquarium - Institute of Marine Science
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    Aquarium - Institute of Marine Science

    The aquarium of Kiel University is a display window of the biospheres in the North and the Baltic Sea down to the deep regions of the Northeastern Atlantic. In more than 30 tanks with a capacity of between 200 and 11.000 liters the most common fish species and invertebrates are shown. A special attraction is the circular basin populated by a shoal of herring. Some tropical basins with fishes and crabs of the coral seas present a colourful contrast to the fauna of the cold seas. Finally, freshwater basins with characteristic fish species of the lakes in Holstein complete the presentation of the regional underwater world. In front of the aquarium there is an open-air seal basin.

    Hours: April - September daily 9 am – 7 pm. October - March daily 9 am – 5 pm.

    Admission: Adults 3 €, Concessions 2 €, Children under 5 years free.

  • Schleswig-Holstein Open-air Museum  (Freilichtmuseum)

    Schleswig-Holstein Open-air Museum (Freilichtmuseum)

    This is the biggest open-air museum south of Kiel in northern Germany. On the 140-acre site with meadows, gardens, fields and ponds you can see seventy historical buildings, farmyards and mills from Schleswig-Holstein, complete with furniture, household equipment and tools. There is also a historical funfair with a roundabout and a swingboat. Household animals and pets that the children are permitted to touch are an added attraction. Craftspeople demonstrate their trades and sell their products. If you feel in need of refreshment you can stop off at the restaurant and try the products of the museum’s own bakery, dairy and smokehouse.

    Hours: April 1 - October 31 open daily 9am - 6pm. November 1 - March 31 – 31 open 11am – 4pm on Sundays & public holidays.

    Admission: Adults 4.50 €, Concessions 2.50 €, Children under 6 years free.



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Kiel Overview

Kiel is the capital and most populous city of the northern German state Schleswig-Holstein. Kiel is approximately 90 km to the north of Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide). Due to its geographic location in the north of Germany, the southeast of the Jutland peninsula, and the southwestern shore of the Baltic Sea, Kiel has become one of the main maritime centers of Germany. For instance, the city is known for a variety of international sailing events, including the annual Kiel Week, which is the biggest sailing event in the world. The Olympic sailing competitions of the 1936 and the 1972 Olympic Games were held in Kiel.

Kiel has also been one of the traditional homes of the German Navy's Baltic fleet, and continues to be a major high-tech shipbuilding centre. Kiel is an important sea transport hub due to its location at the Kiel Fjord and the busiest artificial waterway in the world, Kiel Canal. A number of passenger ferries to Sweden and other countries operate from here.

Kiel's 2005 GDP per capita was 35,618 €, is well above the national average of Germany and equals 159% of the European Union average.

Within Germany and parts of Europe, the city is known for its leading handball team, THW Kiel. The city is home to the University of Kiel (established in 1665).

Things to See

The oldest building in the city is the 13th century Nikolaikirche (St Nicholas' Church), which has a sculpture of Ernst (Ernst vacation rentals | Ernst travel guide) Barlach in front of it called Der Geistkämpfer.

Kiel is Schleswig-Holstein's largest city, and therefore Kiel's shopping district is a major attraction, and will see further improvement and renovation efforts in the upcoming years. Kiel's Holstenstrasse (Holsten Street) is one of the longest shopping miles in Germany. The Rathaus (town hall), which was built in 1911, has an operating paternoster and its tower was designed after a model from Venice, Italy. The square in front of it is bordered by a lake and the Opera House. There are also a number of lakes and parks in the city centre, e.g. Schrevenpark (Schreven Park). There are two botanic gardens, Alter Botanischer Garten and Neuer Botanischer Garten.

As Kiel is situated near the sea, popular places to visit in spring and summer are also the beaches to the north of Kiel such as Kiel-Strande, Kiel-Schilksee, Möltenort and Laboe.

Kiel Week is the largest sailing event in the world, and takes place every last week in June. Many thousands boats and ships of all kinds and times take part in the parade. Kiel Week is also a festival, Volksfest and fair at the same time as it is a maritime event.

There are a number of sports venues in Kiel, most notably the Sparkassen-Arena (formerly known as Ostseehalle), which is the home ground of one of the most successful team handball clubs in the world and multiple German champion, THW Kiel. There is currently no top Bundesliga football club in Kiel, but Holstein Kiel plays at Holsteinstadion. There are a number of yachting and sailing clubs in picturesque settings.

Kiel also features a number of museum, including zoological, geological, historical, fine art, industrial, and military museums. Laboe is home to the Laboe Naval Memorial, as well as the World War II submarine Unterseeboot 995, which are popular tourist sites.

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More about the History of Kiel

Middle Ages

St. Niclas' Church was built in the 13th century and is the oldest building in Kiel.

The Kiel Fjord was first settled by Normans or Vikings who would colonize the land along their raids for many years staying in German villages. This is recorded by the geography and architecture of the fjord. Kiel was first originally founded in 1233 as Holstenstadt tom Kyle by Count Adolf IV, and granted Lübeck (Lübeck vacation rentals | Lübeck travel guide) city rights in 1242 by Adolf's eldest son, John I of Schauenburg.

Kiel, the capital of Holstein, was a member of the Hanseatic League from 1284 until it was expelled in 1518 for harbouring pirates. In 1431, the Kieler Umschlag (trade fair) was first held, which became the central market for goods and money in Schleswig-Holstein until it began to lose significance from 1850 on, being held for the last time in 1900.

Modern Time

The University of Kiel was founded on 29 September 1665, by Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp. A number of important scholars, including Theodor Mommsen and Max Planck, studied or taught there.

From 1773 to 1864, the town belonged to the King of Denmark. However, because the king ruled Holstein as a fief of the Holy Roman Empire only through a personal union, the town was not incorporated as part of Denmark proper. Thus Kiel belonged to Germany but was ruled by the Danish king. Even though the Empire was abolished in 1806, the Danish king continued to rule Kiel only through his position as Duke of Holstein. When Schleswig (Schleswig vacation rentals | Schleswig travel guide) and Holstein rebelled against Denmark in 1848 (the First Schleswig War), Kiel became the capital of Schleswig-Holstein until the Danish victory in 1852.

During the Second Schleswig War in 1864, Kiel and the rest of Schleswig and Holstein were conquered by a German Confederation alliance of the Austrian Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia. After the war Kiel was briefly administered by both the Austrians and the Prussians, but the Austro-Prussian War in 1866 led to the annexation of Kiel by Prussia in 1867. On 24 March 1865, King William I based Prussia's Baltic Sea fleet out of Kiel instead of Danzig (Gdańsk).

When William I of Prussia became Emperor William I of the German Empire in 1871, he designated Kiel and Wilhelmshaven (Wilhelmshaven vacation rentals | Wilhelmshaven travel guide) as Reichskrieghafen, or "Imperial War Harbour". The prestigious Yacht Club of Kiel was established in 1887 with Prince Heinrich of Prussia as its patron. Emperor Wilhelm II became its commodore in 1891.

Because of its new role as Germany's main naval base, Kiel quickly increased in size in the following years, from 18,770 in 1864 to about 200,000 in 1910. Much of the old town centre and other surroundings were leveled and redeveloped to provide for the growing city. Kiel was the site of the sailors' mutiny which sparked the German Revolution in late 1918. Just before the end of World War I, the German fleet stationed at Kiel was ordered to be sent out on a last great battle with the Royal Navy. The sailors, who thought of this as a suicide mission which would have no effect on the outcome of the war, decided they had nothing to lose and refused to leave the safety of the port. The sailor's actions and the lack of response of the government to them, fueled by an increasingly critical view of the Kaiser, sparked a revolution which caused the abolishment of the monarchy and the installation of the Weimar (Weimar vacation rentals | Weimar travel guide) Republic.

During World War II, Kiel remained one of the major naval bases and shipbuilding centres of the German Reich. There was also slave labour for the local industry.[4] Because of its status as a naval port and as production site for submarines, Kiel was heavily bombed by the Allies during World War II. The Bombing of destroyed 80% of the remaining old town, 72% of the central residential areas, and 83% of the industrial areas.[5] During the RAF bombing of 23/24 July 1944, Luftwaffe fighters tried to intercept the spoof force instead of the main force attacking Keil,[6] and there was no water for 3 days; trains and buses did not run for 8 days and there was no gas available for cooking for 3 weeks.[7] The town, its port, the canal and its scientists were seized by the British T-Force under Tony Hibbert just after the German surrender to the western Allies to stop them and access to Denmark falling into Russian hands, despite it being beyond the stop-line set by the surrender.

Just like other heavily bombed German cities, the city was rebuilt after the war. In 1946, Kiel was named the seat of government for Schleswig-Holstein, and it officially became the state's capital in 1972. Kiel is once again an important maritime centre of Germany, with high-tech shipbuilding, u-boat construction, ferries to Scandinavia and Russia, as well as the largest sailing event in the world called Kiel Week. The Kieler Umschlag is another festival, which has been taking place since 1975. Kiel is also home to a large service sector and a number of research institutions including the University of Kiel, which is oldest, largest, and most prestigious university in the state.

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With its roots reaching far back into the shadows of Viking history, Kiel is the largest city in Schleswig-Holstein. Due to its location on the Baltic coast, the city is a major maritime center, and the Kiel Canal is the busiest artificial waterway in the world. Kiel is also a high-tech shipbuilding center and is home to Germany's Baltic fleet. In term's of tourist destinations, the shopping district is a major attraction, and the city's other notable sites include its two botanical gardens and the City and Maritime Museum. If you have an interest in Germany's naval history, spend an afternoon at the Laboe Naval Memorial. Here you can view U-995, a preserved World War II-era U-boat. If you are interested in sailing, time your visit to coincide with the city's annual Kiel Week in late June, the biggest regatta and sailing event in the world. Every year, 5,000 sailors, 2,000 ships, and 3 million visitors converge on Kiel for this amazing event. This is also the time of the city's tall ship convention, which involves the display of hundreds of traditional ships, mainly historic shipping vessels. Although this week's focus is on sailing, the city hosts concerts on public stages around Kiel, which keep the city hopping until late in the night. If you want to get out of the city for a day, hop a train to Hamburg for more coastal pleasures. It is only 55 miles to the South.

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