Kiel is located directly at the shores of the Baltic Sea. The Kiel fjord stretches right into the heart of th city. With its cruise and ferry terminals, Kiel harbour forms a bridge to Scandinavia and the Baltic States.
Numerous marinas along the Kiel Fjord provide ideal conditions for sports and recreation and every year in June, the city celebrates the world’s largest sailing event, the Kiel Week. Kiel’s beautiful beaches and a diverse cultural scene with a large university make it a great place to live or to spend your holidays. Close to the Danish border, Kiel is the capital of Germany’s northernmost federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, “the land between the seas” as it is called, due to its position between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
Of course, leisure acitvities are plenty. Stroll along the Kiellienie, the road along the Kiel Fjord, have a coffee and a fish roll and watch the seals in their outdoor pool. Relax in one of the many parks or visit the museums which are scattered all over the city. There are many shopping areas and numerous small boutiques, various restaurants, cozy cafés, pubs, and clubs. Or, if the weather allows, go to the beach and enjoy the sea.
The weather is Kiel is moderate and maritime. In September, temperatures vary between 20 and 12 degrees. You may enjoy beautiful late summer days but be also prepared for rain. Due to Kiel’s location at the sea, there is always a fresh breeze.
From Monday to Saturday shops are usually open from 9 am to 8 pm. Supermarkets usually open at 7 a.m. and close between 8 and 10 p.m. On Sundays, shops and supermarkets are closed, except for the stores at the train station.