A weekend in Kiel is too short to see everything. We made a list of places that we really wanted to see on our first visit to Kiel. But we also reserved some time to just be and enjoy the view of the Firth of Kiel.
Kiel is the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein.
The city was founded in the 13th century. Today Kiel with 246,306 inhabitants is one of the 30 largest cities in Germany.
The city lies on the Baltic Sea (Kiel Fjord) and is the end point of the Kiel Canal.
Kiel is a base of the German Navy.
Kiel is known for the annual Kiel Week, the handball club THW Kiel and the culinary specialty of the Kiel Sprats.
Laboe with the Naval Memorial and the U-boat U-995 is located at the Firth of Kiel. I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to see the insides of a submarine, so we drove over.
The last time I sailed was when I was around 12 years old. It was during a summer break with the grandparents on a sailing course on the Lake Constance. When Kiel marketing approached me with the idea to test a sailing boat city tour I was enthused and confirmed immediately.
The lockage Kiel-Holtenau in the Kiel Canal is a very interesting stop on a tour to Kiel. There is a viewing platform that lets visitors oversee the lockage and it never takes long before the next ship comes into a lock.
The GHOTEL in Kiel, Kiel-Kronshagen more precisely, is about 6 kilometres away from the city centre. We got to spend two relaxing nights in the hotel and two days exploring in Kiel.