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KielGermany

Go on outings to World War II landmarks and naval museums, and experience a massive annual sailing party at this busy port city.

With its shipbuilding industry, proud naval heritage and sailing regattas, Kiel is a city where water is a big part of life. The city benefits from a picturesque setting on the Kiel Fjord by the southwest shore of the Baltic Sea.

During World War II, Kiel was a major production site for submarines. As a result, the city attracted heavy bombing, which obliterated many of its old buildings. However, a few survived. Stop by the Nikolaikirche, a 13th-century church that features a grand Gothic exterior and a beautifully carved altarpiece. Nearby, admire the imposing architecture of Kiel Rathaus, the city's austere town hall. Go to Kieler Schloss, a former castle residence of the Gottorf dukes.

Despite only having a few pre-war buildings, Kiel preserves its history through a host of dedicated museums. Investigate Kiel's early years with a tour of the Stadtmuseum Warleberger Hof, the City Museum.

Visit the Laboe Naval Memorial, a large tower dedicated to sailors who died in both world wars. Go to the observation platform at the top of the structure for superb views. When you come back down to ground level, explore the tight confines of the German U-boat. Journey underground at the Flandernbunker, an old bunker that protected soldiers and citizens from air raids.

In addition to history, Kiel’s museums and galleries cover a host of other fascinating genres. Delve into Kiel's natural history at the Zoologisches Museum, and see lots of marine creatures at the Aquarium GEOMAR.

Browse several centuries’ worth of paintings and sculptures at Kunsthalle zu Kiel and view modernist works at the Stadtgalerie Kiel, a contemporary art museum.

Visit Kiel during Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) in mid-June to witness the city in full swing. This claims to be the world’s largest sailing event and is supported by markets, hundreds of concerts and many other events.

Get to Kiel by plane, train or car from many German cities. With so many historical and cultural attractions, Kiel promises a fun-filled and educational vacation.

Where to stay in Kiel

Top Hotels in Kiel

Novum Akademiehotel Kiel
Novum Akademiehotel Kiel
Faluner Weg 2, Kiel
The price is $42 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Situated in Kiel, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from CITTI-PARK Kiel and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Sparkassen-Arena. Westensee Nature Park and University of Kiel are ...

3.6/5Good! (613 reviews)
Very pleasant stay very friendly staff

"This hotel looks like it is set in a business or academic environment. It gives excellent value for money. I only wish that they served better juice for breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Novum Akademiehotel Kiel
Atlantic Hotel Kiel
Atlantic Hotel Kiel
4.5 out of 5
Raiffeisenstraße 2, Kiel, SH
The price is $158 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

Located in Vorstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sophienhof and Sparkassen-Arena. Kieler Förde and Kiel Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Arts are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (547 reviews)

"I liked the location at the hearth of the city and the proximity to the water. The rooms are very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2020

Atlantic Hotel Kiel
me and all hotel kiel
me and all hotel kiel
4 out of 5
Kaistr. 80, Kiel
The price is $104 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in the heart of Kiel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kieler Förde and Sophienhof. Schwedenkai Ferry Terminal and Sparkassen-Arena are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (34 reviews)

"Die Unterkunft ist sehr modern, absolut bargeldlos, was in Zeiten von Corona von besonderer Bedeutung ist. Jedoch lässt der Service zu wünschen übrig. Es wurde vergessen, Kaffeekapseln aufzufüllen, bei Nachfrage, wollte man mir welche für 1E pro Stück verkaufen, weil Sie nicht nachgefüllt würden. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

me and all hotel kiel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kiel

Cozy Holiday Home on the Kiel Fjord
Cozy Holiday Home on the Kiel Fjord
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein

Located in Pries, this vacation home is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Kieler Förde and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Kiel Canal. Hundestrand Falckenstein and Schilksee Beach are ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Sehr schöne Unterkunft.

"Auf jeden Fall zum empfehlen."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Cozy Holiday Home on the Kiel Fjord
Spacious and Very Comfortable Apartment
Spacious and Very Comfortable Apartment
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein

Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Flandernbunker and Kiel Canal. Sparkassen-Arena is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
Zufrieden

"Sehr freundliche Vermieter und ordentliche Wohnung. Leider nicht genügend Stühle zum Essen."…"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Spacious and Very Comfortable Apartment
Holidays on the Kiel Fjord
Holidays on the Kiel Fjord
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein

Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Kieler Förde and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Sparkassen-Arena. Norwegenkai Cruise Terminal and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Klein aber fein

"Sehr schöne, gut ausgestattete Ferienwohnung mit prima Anbindung an den ÖPNV und das Fernstraßennetz (Bundesstraße/Bundesautobahn). Von der Wohnung aus ist das Umland und das Zentrum von Kiel sowie das Ostufer der Förde (Heikendorf, Laboe usw.) in kurzer Zeit mit dem Bus erreichbar, die Autobahnen ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

Holidays on the Kiel Fjord
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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