Kiel

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Kiel showing a castle, heritage architecture and a lake or waterhole

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.

Hotel Astor Kiel by Campanile
Hotel Astor Kiel by Campanile
3 out of 5
Holstenplatz 1-2, Kiel, SH
The price is $69 per night from Feb 11 to Feb 12
Located in Vorstadt, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kiel Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Arts, Wunderino-Arena, and Schwedenkai Ferry Terminal. Kieler ...
3.7/5 Good! (990 reviews)
great location
"Clean and comfortable"

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Hotel Astor Kiel by Campanile
Maritim Hotel Bellevue Kiel
Maritim Hotel Bellevue Kiel
4 out of 5
Bismarckallee 2, Kiel, SH
The price is $75 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Situated in Kiel, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Kieler Förde and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Kiel Canal. Flandernbunker and Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (782 reviews)
Comfort but need to improve
"Very roomy. Great location. Old furniture. The lack of airconditioning is very noticeable."

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

Maritim Hotel Bellevue Kiel
the niu Welly
the niu Welly
3 out of 5
Andreas-Gayk-Straße 10, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
The price is $75 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Vorstadt, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kiel Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Arts, Schwedenkai Ferry Terminal, and Kiel Town Hall. St. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (300 reviews)
Definitely stay again
"Very nice hotel. Rooms are small but cosy and comfortable. Would definitely stay again if in the area. Didn’t eat there but had a couple of drinks in the bar. Staff were all very nice and friendly."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2021

the niu Welly
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.
Boaters Inn, Olympiahafen Schilksee
Boaters Inn, Olympiahafen Schilksee
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
The price is $57 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Schilksee Beach, Olympic Center Schilksee, and Strander Katamaransegler e.V. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Geschmacklich schön eingerichtete kleine Ferienwohnung, die sauber und gut ausgestattet ist .
"Meine Bekannte und ich waren für ein Wochenende zu einem Seminar dort . Die ausziehbare Couch war bequem, allerdings würde ich keine längere Zeit dort verbringen wollen. Es ist etwas eng gewesen. Die Ausstattung ist modern und es fehlte an gar nichts ( Fön, Wasserkocher, Kaffeemaschine, Teller, Gläser ..."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Boaters Inn, Olympiahafen Schilksee
Animas, newly built and sunny apartment Kiel, Holtenauer Straße
Animas, newly built and sunny apartment Kiel, Holtenauer Straße
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
This family-friendly Kiel apartment building is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kieler Förde and Kiel Canal. Flandernbunker and Holstein-Stadion are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Lovely apartment
"The apartment was well located and easy to reach with public transport. Parking in front of the house was also not a problem. The apartment had everything we needed and was perfect for us as a family with two kids. It was very clean and all the facilities are new. Angela was easy to deal with. We ..."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018

Animas, newly built and sunny apartment Kiel, Holtenauer Straße
Ostseeferienwohnung, Brilhante, Amigável, no Piso Térreo, com Jardim u. Sundeck
Ostseeferienwohnung, Brilhante, Amigável, no Piso Térreo, com Jardim u. Sundeck
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
This family-friendly Kiel apartment building is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Applied Sciences, Mönkeberger Strand, and Kieler Förde. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (24 reviews)
Ein sehr schöner Kurzurlaub.
"alles stimmig"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Ostseeferienwohnung, Brilhante, Amigável, no Piso Térreo, com Jardim u. Sundeck
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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