Kiel Travel Guide

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Kiel Things to Do

  • LABOE NAVAL MEMORIAL

    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...

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  • U-BOAT MEMORIAL

    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...

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  • PALACE GARDENS

    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.

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  • KIEL CANAL

    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,...

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  • KIEL ON A SUNDAY

    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...

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  • HIROSHIMA FOUNTAIN PARK

    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...

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  • DER SCHWERTTRAGER STATUE

    This is an interesting sculpture in the Town Square of Kiel. The Statue was unveiled in 1912, and was once part of a well/fountain.It is known as the Sword Tail or Sword Bearer.

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  • KIEL TOWN HALL

    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...

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  • KIEL OPERA HOUSE

    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...

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Kiel Restaurants

  • Don't miss the fresh seafood! :-)

    Set on the coast in Altenau, in a very peaceful location, this is a wondeful little restaurant! A wide variety of food is on offer, including starters, steaks, & vegetarian, though it is mainly a seafood restaurant. I had the Herring special, which was served with potato bake. Not incredibly filling, but incredibly tasty! And quite reasonably...

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  • Yummy Sausage and Mayo Chips

    Just a small kiosk outside the Karstadt store and very near to the Nikolai church is this kiosk with lots of people stopping by for a quick bite. Of course the sausages. You can have it plain with the chips or with a small baguette. If you have it with the chips, it can be served with ketchup or mayo or special sauce. cost about 2-3 euro a set!!!

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  • Intimate Dining at the Old Market area

    This is a very small yet intimate dining place. Highly recommend it as the food taste excellent. We had such a good time with the waiter who spoke excellent English describing to us almost everything in the menu. Vegetarian is also available and there is daily specials We ordered Campari Orange to start our evening as we browsed the menu - here I...

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Kiel Transportation

  • HOW TO REACH THE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

    We wanted to go the open air museum and didn't know which bus to catch. Problem solved by going into the information centre, they soon told us where and when, and we were on our way to the MuseumBuses of the Kiel Verkehrs Gesellschaft mbH and others on the line 501, stop at the open-air museum. On the weekend, the service was not very good, so be...

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  • Convenient ferry from Kiel to Sweden

    Stena Line, a Swedish ferry company, offers daily ferries from Kiel/Germany to Göteborg/Sweden (and to Oslo, Norway). The ferries to Sweden depart at 7 p.m. in the evening and arrive at 9 a.m. in the morning. It is a perfect way to get to Sweden if you want to avoid driving the long stretch through Denmark and across the several bridges. It...

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  • Fantasy Cruise between Kiel and Oslo(car...

    Color Line's two new cruise ship car ferries (M/S Color Fantasy and M/S Color Magic) runs every day between Oslo and Kiel. The journey takes 20 hours each way, and the ships depart at 1400 hours (2.00 PM) from both cities, and arrive at 1000 hours (10.00 AM) the next morning. The ships are almost identical hosting, several restaurants, bars,...

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Kiel Shopping

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    by Bushman23 Written Apr 23, 2006

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    I dunno if there's anything that makes this place stand out from the rest of the City, except that you dont have to walk as far to get to all the shops :-) There's a Fruit & Veg market as you walk in the main door, then just an upstairs & downstairs corridor lined with shops, culminating in a Karstadt, that bastion of German shopping. :-p

    What to buy: A range of goods, especially if you include Karstadt in the center.

    What to pay: Not too much. From 5 Euros to 50 Euros

    Impressive entrance Inside ... Yep, once again... Karstadt
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Kiel Local Customs

  • CEMENT FRUIT

    Walking along one of the shopping streets, I came across these cement pillars, with painted cement fruit on the top. They were brightly coloured, and I thought they looked awful, although I believe they were meant to beautify the concret pillars!

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  • Don't be afraid!

    If you see people smiling at you, don't think there's something wrong. Tey're just being friendly and even more likely trying to contact you. I made a lots of new friends that way :) And when you see a slob somewher sitting/standing near sights you were about to see then ask them about its history. it's almost guaranteed they can answer in English...

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Kiel Warnings and Dangers

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    by Audrey118 Written Oct 23, 2002

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    If you are travelling on a plane to or from Kiel, the planes are ultra small and the overhead cabin compartment is ultra small that many of our regular sized hand luggage cannot fit.

    Before you get into the plain there is this huge trolley which you are supposed to leave your hand luggage at and they will place it into the front of the aircraft. So be sure to have your hand luggages pad locked.

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Kiel What to Pack

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    by Audrey118 Written Feb 25, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It was autumn when we were there; I highky advise thermal wear to keep warm and layering your clothes.
    Scarves and hats are also great especially with the strong breeze, and also a small fordalble umbrella is very handy as it drizzles now and then.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some chapsticks and good body cream eseentials as the air here can be dry and your skin may feel very dry and may itch a lot if it gets too dry.

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Kiel Off The Beaten Path

  • OPEN AIR MUSEUM WALK - 6

    Next, I see a Windmill, to me it looks Dutch, but I am not sure. Later, I come across some more windmills, different to the first one I saw.I do know the next house I enter has its walls covered in Dutch Blue & White tiles. Then I came across one of the old buildings having fresh thatching done, some of the roof was still waiting to be finished, so...

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  • OPEN AIR MUSEUM WALK - 5

    The next area we came across was where the children would play. Here was the Carousel, which anybody could have a ride on as it was included in the admission. There was a organ, we put some money into to hear it play, and the Gypsy caravan that would have travelled with all these things. This was open, so a look in here too! Friendly farm animals...

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  • OPEN AIR MUSEUM WALK - 4

    At least the buildings aren't too far apart, and quite a number have toilets.What a sight the next building was! This enormous Barn is known as an Angle Barn. It was built out of brick and had a thatched roof. Outside, old farm implements and wagons were on display.Inside was a carriage for people to ride, and this was one of the buildings that had...

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Kiel Sports & Outdoors

  • Interturk Sports Verein

    Interturk is an amateur sports club with about 500 members and mostly dealed with football. If you are living in Gaarden, or will be there for a while I advice you to visiyt there if you wish to deal with sports, especially football.

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  • Kiel Marathon

    If you've got ice in your veins try running the Kiel Marathon. The event, held every February, offers it's participants chilly views of the Kiel Fjord as they run out and back along it's shores until they reach the finish line, 42.195 kms later. Bring lots of layers. The beginning and end are the coldest times so have a cheerleader standing by to...

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  • Don't forget your swimming suits

    The summers can be really hot in Kiel. More than 30C in July and August is to be expected. Therefor you should not forget your bathing suits. There are a lot of beaches surrounding the Kiel fjord. I prefer the one which is called Falckenstein on the west coast of the fjord to be reached by bus 502 and of course by car. There are several beaches...

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  • Musicians

    K, i dunno if they do this every Saturday, but outside the HauptBahnHof they had an exhibition of old tractors, and (i guess) the local orchestra playing. Was fantastic, loads of people everywhere. Bit of an odd location though, i would have thought it would be closer to the center of town... Anyway, the HauptBahnHof is easy enough to find, so go...

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  • Kiel

    I visited this city few times long time ago. Each time was only for few hours and I never actually spend the night over here. Maybe I will visit again one day, meanwhile you can check the official site, which is available also in English:www.kiel.de

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