The 10 Best Things to Do in Kiel, Germany

October 21, 2017 Franklyn Hardiman

Ahoy, Kiel! This Olympic city is a hub for international sailing events, including the renowned Kiel Week, held every June since 1882. Originally a Viking settlement, the city has caught up with the times, providing visitors with a plethora of dining, shopping and entertainment options. Meander through lush botanical gardens and marvel at the historic ships bobbing gently in the harbor.
Restaurants in Kiel

1. Laboe Naval Memorial (Marine-Ehrenmal)

Laboe Village, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany +49 4343 49484930
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 371 reviews

Laboe Naval Memorial (Marine-Ehrenmal)

Reviewed By ben17a - Kansas

Located right next to the only Type VII U-Boat left in the world, the German Naval Memorial is an outstanding tribute to all the German sailors that have died in wars. The place is very Teutonic and that’s what you expect from a German memorial. The tower provides a great view, but more importantly, honors the sailors. The memorial room is solemn and again, a good memorial. The model/history room is interesting. Glad we saw this memorial.

2. U-Boot U 995

Laboe, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany +49 4343 49484930
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 449 reviews

U-Boot U 995

Reviewed By Thehunagi - London, United Kingdom

Amazing, absolutely fantastic site to visit! We had a long walk on the seaside in Laboe and decided to take a look inside of the u-boot. What a fantastic decision it was! You can really feel the history when you step in. All my respect to the marines whose served in this submarine (or in any other).

3. Kiel Botanical Gardens

Am Botanischen Garten 1-9, 24118 Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany +49 431 88042764275
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Kiel Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By Erik M - Kongens Lyngby, Kobenhavn, Denmark

Took a late afternoon walk through this fantastic garden. What pleasantly surprised me was, that the garden are separated in to geografical areas of our planet. I enjoyed a 2 hour walk and would like to come back for more

Rathaus, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Excellent
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4.5 based on 73 reviews

Kiel Rathaus Paternoster

Reviewed By jfarlam - Windsor, Canada

On the main square of Kiel is the Rathaus, or city hall. This is an interesting historic building that was built before the first world war and is said to have survived the war undamaged. It was damaged in the second world war and later repaired. Outside its really beautiful and you can also tour the building. Be sure to see the clock tower. You can take an elevator to the top and enjoy the panoramic views.

5. St. Nikolai Church

Altstadt, 24103 Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany +49 431 95098
Excellent
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4 based on 88 reviews

St. Nikolai Church

Reviewed By Travelexperience12 - Wetherby, United Kingdom

We came across this large church whilst visiting the centre of Kiel. It is reputedly the oldest building in Kiel and can be recognised by the large statue of an angel standing on an animal outside the main entrance. Inside it has a very impressive organ (above and behind you as you enter) and also a large carved wooden pulpit in the centre. A balcony is positioned around part of the interior. There are a mixture of contrasting stained glass and plain windows. The church is a city landmark and is worth a visit.

6. Schifffahrtsmuseum

Am Wall 65, 24103 Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany +49 431 9013425
Excellent
27%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 61 reviews

Schifffahrtsmuseum

Reviewed By ThinkConnieL - Florida

We had a family gathering that included adults and kids. My husband and I arrived via cruise ship. The Museum was a short walk from the port and the adjoining cafe was our meeting place. The exhibits were beautifully displayed and very interesting. There was a room for kids, with a table and chairs for coloring, books, and fun "hands on" exhibits. Great waterfront location. Admission included the opportunity to walk on the pier and board some actual ships. A lovely Museum and a great experience for all.

7. Zoologisches Museum

Hegewischstr. 3, 24105 Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany +49 431 8805170
Excellent
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Zoologisches Museum

Reviewed By Curt99 - Vancouver, Canada

The museum is fairly small and in an architecturally significant building that somehow survived the war. In the main gallery it has a couple of whale skeletons including a blue whale. The exhibits explore the deep German history of naturalists. The explanations are primarily in German, but the point of a museum is to look at things, and not spend too much time Reading. The highlight is a new exhibit, "The Future Ocean" that has some wonderful displays of marine organisms, as well as exhibits on sea-level rise and ocean acidification. I thought it was definitely worth the 5 Euro, and about an hour of exploration.

8. Kiellinie

An die Kiellinie, 24103 Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Excellent
45%
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4 based on 37 reviews

Kiellinie

Reviewed By chickandbeast - Durham, Canada

Great harbor where the ships dock, Keillinie. Great views and leisure activities rowing and sailboats.

9. Kieler Woche

Soling 26, 24159 Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany +49 431 800980
Excellent
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Kieler Woche

The Kiel Regatta takes place in the northern German city of Kiel during the last week of June. It attracts 5,000 sailors on 2,000 ships and yachts with more than 3.5 million visitors per year, making it the world's largest sailing event - it even claims to be the largest summer festival in Europe! There is a large open air music festival, lots of street performers and comedians, an international market and plenty of children's activities, including a children's culture festival. Kiel Week is very traditional, with culinary specialities to try out and over 100 historical international ships on show.

Reviewed By StephenTJohnson - Calgary, Canada

For most of the year, Kiel is a sleepy little town, although it's a significant Naval base, one terminus of the Kiel canal, and the capital of Shleswig-Holstein.
Then there's Kieler Woche - the week long sailing festival that turns the whole town into a festival of tall ships, international food, and of course, a variety of drinks. An easy festival to attend - just wander about, bumping into attractions, music stages and tall / historical / mock historical ships

10. Bulker Leuchtturm

Strande, 24229 Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Excellent
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Good
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Poor
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4 based on 48 reviews

Bulker Leuchtturm

Reviewed By Pap - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

On a nice day the view out across the Baltic is magnificent and well worth the climb up the steps. You can always quench your thirst at the kiosk at the base of the light.

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