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You get a real sense of romance watching the huge, overnight ferries from Scandinavia arrive along Kiel's firth in the morning, bringing about 2.5 million passenger a year. However, when you turn your gaze inland, Schleswig Holstein's capital appears more functional than picturesque. The only predominant building is the townhall standing out among the rows of concrete blocks. This lack of aesthetics is found in many places in Kiel. The city is one of German's main harbours and was a major target for Allied bombers during WW II. By the end of the war, 80% of the busy hub of submarines activities was left in ruins and had to be hastily rebuilt. The most interesting aspect of the city is it's proximity to the water. The city hosted the olympic sailing events in both 1936 and 1972. If you find the time, visit the city during the last full week of June. Every year, the world's biggest sailing competitions are held on the firth and the Baltic Sea outside Kiel. Kiel Week ist also a naval meeting and a giant town festival with fun and entertainment for all ages. About 3 million people visit Kiel Week every year, so contact hosts well in advance. Nearby, you find the great outdoor museum in Molfsee, depicting rural life in Schleswig-Holsten through more than 100 old buildings. Other events: Kieler Umschlag (February), Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Fair; December). Orientation: The German Bahn service counter offers maps of Kiel. Kiel's mainthoroughfare is the pedestrianised Holsteinstrasse, about 100 m inland of the firth. It runs between a huge indoor shopping mall called the Sophienhof (opposite the Central rail station)and the Kieler Schloss(castle). The central bus station is just next to the Central Rail Station. Information: Tourist Information Kiel, Neues Rathaus, Andreas Gayk Straße 31, Tel. 01805-656700 info@kiel-tourist.de Accomodation: DJH Hostel Tel. 0431-731488, To walk there from the railwaystation cross the pedestrain drawbridge behind the Hauptbahnhof. At the very end of the path veer left, you will see the DJH sign. Or take bus Nr. 11,12 from the Railway station to Kieler Straße. bekpek kiel, E-Mail: info@bekpek-kiel.de, Fon: +49 (0) 431 88 88 009

Edited by: vilmydk on 14.08.2007 yahonk on 02.09.2005 martinlohmeyer on 04.08.2005
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lilliput wrote:

landscape, the sea


knud wrote:

There's a bunch of beaches around (weather permitting!), great landscapes for hiking and cycling, a few museums (if one's interested ...). A park and a forest are a 5-minute-walk away. The city of Kiel is cut into two halfs by the vast firth (coastal inlet). A bunch of little ferries connect west and east side and should be worth a ride.


flyboykiel wrote:

German East Sea, Beaches



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