Kiel - Dynamics and equilibrium by the sea

A city portrait: Kiel is quality of life

Kiel’s largest sport and leisure area is 17 kilometres long. The fjord and its beaches provide ideal conditions for water sports and recreation. Kiel’s direct proximity to the Baltic Sea, its sea air and maritime flair as a harbour city make it a great place to be.

In all this, Kiel is neither a quiet little town, nor a hectic metropolis. Kiel is a relaxed city by the sea - enjoying the wide expanse of the Baltic Sea, but also the short distances of a compact city, with a great deal of tradition and a city image that has developed continuously over the years.

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Sailing in Kiel

Kiel has a lot to offer away from its waterfront, too: with its theatres, museums, galleries and a broad range of restaurants and events, Kiel is also the cultural centre of Schleswig-Holstein. Every year the city celebrates Kieler Woche, the biggest summer festival in northern Europe and the world’s largest sailing event.

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Blick auf den Kieler Rathausturm aus der Luft

Kiel is family-friendly. Its aim is to become one of Germany’s most child-friendly cities. In all areas - from accommodation via infrastructure through to the social environment.

Kiel is a sporting city. In addition to a large number of sporting associations, the fjord is home to Germany’s most successful handball team, THW Kiel, as well as the football club Holstein Kiel.


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This is Kiel


  • 249.000 inhabitants
  • 17 km fjord
  • Kilometres of sandy beaches
  • 684 hectares of forest
  • 12 museums
  • 2 botanical gardens
  • 9 marinas with over 2300 moorings and up to 10.000 guest moorings per year
  • Kieler Woche with over 3 million visitors from 50 nations and 4000 active sailors
  • 200 sport clubs with 260 kinds of sports and 56.000 members
  • Space for up to 13.500 spectators in the Sparkassen-Arena
  • Tourism: 725.000 overnight guests (2017)