Kiel is calling! Discover its museums, history, festivals, and more.

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.

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Museums, Historical Buildings and Sea

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Where to stay in Kiel

Vorstadt
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Vorstadt

4/5 (1 Rating)

If you're spending some time in Vorstadt, Sparkassen-Arena and Sophienhof are top sights worth seeing.

Damperhof
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Damperhof

4.5/5 (2 Ratings)

While visiting Damperhof, you might make a stop by sights like Kieler Schloss and Kiel Opera House.

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Top Hotels in Kiel

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Novum Akademiehotel Kiel
Faluner Weg 2, Kiel
$41/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
3.6/5Good! (455 reviews)

Located in Hasseldieksdamm, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Kiel Canal and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Sparkassen-Arena. CITTI-PARK Kiel and University of Kiel are ...

3.6/5Good! (455 reviews)

"This is a solid hotel with very friendly staff. The biggest draw is the price, which is hard to beat in the Kiel area."…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2018

Novum Akademiehotel Kiel
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Centro Hotel Consul
3 out of 5
Walkerdamm 11, Kiel
$78/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4/5Very Good! (412 reviews)

Located in Vorstadt, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kiel Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Arts and Sparkassen-Arena. Kiel Canal is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. ...

4/5Very Good! (412 reviews)

"Great location, near all local services etc. Rail station five minutes away."…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

Centro Hotel Consul
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Atlantic Hotel Kiel
4.5 out of 5
Raiffeisenstraße 2, Kiel, SH
$191/night
Sep 7 - Sep 8
4.6/5Exceptional! (435 reviews)

Located in Vorstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sophienhof and Sparkassen-Arena. Kiel Canal is 3.1 mi (5 km) away. Kiel Central Station is only ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (435 reviews)
Kiel

"Nice hotel near sea and main train station. Interesting buildings around the hotel. Also lot of shopping malls in near vicinity"…"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

Atlantic Hotel Kiel

Top activities in Kiel

Kiel Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Kiel Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$11

Explore all the major sights of Kiel on an open-top, double-decker bus for a 360-degree view of the city below. This tour lets you experience the maritime flair of this grand port at your leisure, hopping off and on the bus at any stop, as often as you want, whenever you'd like to get a closer look.

Shore Excursion: Kiel Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Shore Excursion: Kiel Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$11

Explore Kiel's major sites on an open-top, double-decker bus, riding around and taking in 360-degree views of this northern, waterfront city. This convenient ride lets get a lay of the land and experience the maritime flair of this grand port at your leisure, hopping on and off and whenever you'd like to get a closer look.

Holstentor Lubeck Entrance Ticket
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Holstentor Lubeck Entrance Ticket

$8

Visit: Holstentorplatz, 23552 Lubeck, Schleswig-Holstein Germany The exhibition »The Power of Trade« – Die Macht des Handels – thus illustrates the success story with which the merchants of medieval Lübeck put their city firmly on the international map.