Another Monument that stands out, is the Laboe Naval Memorial, which consists of a 72-metre high tower with an observation deck atop the tower. There is a hall of remembrance and World War II-era German submarine U-995, the world's only remaining Type VII U-boat.
Originally the Tower was erected as a memorial for the German sailors killed in World War I. Since WWII, it became a peace monument.
The foundation stone of the German Naval Memorial was laid an the 8th of August 1927 .
Adolf Hitler was present but did not hold a speech and never came back to Laboe. He despised the memorial, calling it an “unparalled item of kitsch.”
The Naval Memorial survived World War II largely undamaged.
Now it is a ....
“Memorial for all those who died at sea and for peaceful navigation in free waters.”
To this day, naval as well as merchant ships dip their flags on passing the Memorial in honour of all who died at sea.
As we were leaving Kiel on our Cruise Ship, I saw this big monument with an Eagle on top.
It was a Memorial to all the German U-Boat men who lost their lives in action.
It is nearly unbelievable when I read just how many are remembered here.
During World War I from 1914-1918, 5249 German U-boat men were killed in action. 200 U-boats were lost at sea.
During World War II from 1939-1945, 30,003 German U-boat men were killed in action. 739 U-boats were lost at sea.
In the semicircle-shaped walk, set in the earth are the names of more than 35,000 who lost their lives in both world wars, are registered on 117 bronze boards after boat names, position and cause of sinking.
THE MEMORIAL IS OPEN.....
April 1st - September 30th: daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
October 1st -March 31st: daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm .
VISITS ARE FREE OF CHARGE
The Palace gardens are quite a good size and very nice. Green lawns and floral gardens, plus views over the Port. We saw this equestrian statue of Emperor "Kaiser Wilhelm 1" in the gardens, then later on our walk, quite a nice war memorial.
The Kiel Canal is the World's busiest man made waterway.
It was 21st June 1895, when after 8 years of work and at a cost of 156 million Marks, Kaiser Wilhelm II opened the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal, as it was called until 1948. From 1907 to 1914, the canal was widened, and today approx 92 Ships pass through here each day.
The Canal runs for 100 km, linking the North Sea with the Baltic, saving an average of 250 nautical miles by ships using this route, and the chances of being sunk in the high rough seas.
Most Ships can use the Canal, but Cruise Ship funnels are too high.
So, we came to see this Canal by the Public Bus. Just a short walk from the Bus Terminal and we were at the Canal. There is plenty of viewing area and not many people. We could see the line of Ships heading along the canal, located about the same distance apart. We stopped for a while and watched the Ships go through the Locks. Worth having a look at!
A little ferry will take you across the River for free.
Bus no 11 comes and goes from the Canal.
On a Sunday, Kiel is pretty dead! Not many people around at all, most of them were from the Cruise ship, and there weren't many of them either. Most didn't think there was much to see and do here.
Kiel shops were nearly all closed, only a very few open and one of them was a gift shop with some very nice gifts.
Next to the Sparkassen Arena, in the EuropaPlatz, was one of the weirdest, ugliest fountains I have ever seen! It covers quite a large area and to me, looked like a BMX track, but is actually meant to look like waves! Perhaps it wasn't working properly??
So, Kiel on a Sunday didn't do much to impress me!
Next to the Town Hall, is the Hiroshima Fountain Park, a rather nice park with a lake and a fountain.
It was Summer when I was here, and it was particularly nice. The sun was shining, and the flowers were blooming. The fountain in the lake was working too, and I found some other statues. I can understand why this park is popular in summer.
The fountain with the water jets is called "Changing Invisibility."
Not a Town Hall like lots I have seen in Germany, but it does have a high Tower which may look a little familiar. The 106 metre high Tower was modeled after the venetian Campanile in Venice.
I didn't go up it, but you can either by stairs or elevator [a paternoster] to view the city.
I didn't know what a Paternoster was, so looked it up and found out that it is designed different from other elevators as it has several cabins that constantly move up and down. They are linked on a chain.. People still can get on and off at any floor, and you can take them in either direction.
It is much slower than a modern elevator. The website below shows a photo of one and how they work.
The Town Hall was built in 1911, and has the Lake and a huge Opera House next to it.
The Kiel Opera House is located on the other side of the square from the Deutsche Bank. A big, plain looking red brick building, it was once again not a stand-out like in other German cities.
It is built in Art Nouveau style after it was destroyed in WWII. Before the war, it had an imposing Dome, this has not been added. The front of the Opera House has statues.
On the website, I checked what was showing, and most of the seats were sold out, so the Opera performances here must be quite good!
The Deutsche Bank in Kiel is located at the Town Square. This is another huge building which is worth taking a few minutes to look at, as in a line in the middle of the front of the building is a row of sculptures, who did them or who of, I don't know.
It's through the "friends of Kiel," that this historic ship, "MS Kiel" has been restored and now is used as a tour boat. It is registered as a cultural monument. Built in 1934, and destroyed during World War II by a bomb, the Ship had to be rebuilt, only this time was made 3 metres longer.
One of the tours offered is on the Kiel Fjord.
Walking around Kiel, I came across several nice lakes.
The first one, is known as the "small Kiel.' This was a pretty small lake, made more so by the Trees, lawn, water birds and the architecturally nice buildings beside the lake. I could just make out their reflections.
It was so nice after coming from the drabness of the city!
The Church of St Nicholas in Kiel, is the oldest existing building in the city. Outside, is an unusual sculpture done by Ernst Barlach. Ernst was a German expressionist sculptor, printmaker and writer who is mostly known for his sculptures protesting against the war. This created many conflicts during the rise of the Nazi Party, so many of his works were confiscated during this period.
The Church itself, was built in the 13th century as a Gothic hall church. 100 years later, the church was renovated and modeled on the Petrikirche in Lubeck. In WWII, it was damaged quite badly, and had to be rebuilt, this time in a more modern style with a neo-Gothic facade.
To go inside, I had to make my way past beggars in the doorway. It looked like they had set up camp there. Once inside, I didn't find it that interesting, although there is a font from 1344, an altar of 1460, and a pulpit from 1705.
We actually arrived at the Port by Cruise ship. Even if we hadn't, I find busy ports quite an interesting place to pay a visit.
The port of Kiel is very busy with Cruise Ships and Ferries.
The Maritime Museum is located along here, just a little further down at wall 65. Even if you dont visit the Museum in the historic Fish Auction Hall, you can see some boats moored in the harbour.
A little different from the usual tourist attraction, the paternoster in the Rathaus (townhall) is a non-stop open elevator. The Rathaus is located at Fleethörn 18-24 and is an easy 15 minute walk from the cruise ship dock.
I don't think you'll find any of these contraptions in North America, open to the public, as they're considered too dangerous. It's basically a set of wooden boxes mounted on a looping chain, each box is open at the front and you just jump on and off as it passes each floor. Stay in the box and do the full loop. It's interesting as the box moves from one side to the other at the top and bottom, but be careful, people have been killed by getting crushed between the box and the floor
Have a walk on the emperial tracks through Kiel, have a look at the oldest preserved sea fortification or find out how lighthouses work. Link below provids great informations about touring in and around Kiel.