Welcome to the northernmost city in Germany! Founded in 1242, almost 250,000 people now live in the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein.
The Kiel Fjord and the sea shape the cityscape. With its daily ferry connections as well as almost 150 visits from cruise ships every year, Kiel bridges the gap to Scandinavia and the Baltic States. With 32,000 ships passing through it per year, the Kiel Canal is the world’s busiest artificial waterway. In addition, Kiel is of national importance as a shipyard and marine location.
The largest sports and leisure areas of the state capital are its beaches and the Kiel Fjord, ranging over 17 kilometers. Water sports enthusiasts and those seeking relaxation will find ideal conditions here.
Kiel also has a lot to offer culturally: Theatres, museums, galleries, and a multi-faceted gastronomy and event scene offer numerous entertainment opportunities for young and old.
A visit to the „museum at the sea“ is particularly recommended for guests. The network of eight publicly owned scientific museums located in the center of Kiel offers a wide range of activities. Visitors can choose from art and cultural history, natural history, and city history. From the living seal to the lovingly restored museum ship, from the 14-meter long whale skeleton to the historic pharmacy, from antique art to the latest contemporary art, there is something for every taste.
In the last full week of June, together with over 3 million guests from 50 countries the city also celebrates Kiel week, the largest summer festival in northern Europe and the largest sailing event in the world.
You can find an up-to-date overview of the cultural and leisure facilities and events in Kiel here.