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Northern European cruise port destination Kiel is located on the Baltic Sea. Kiel is at the end of a 17 km long fjord. The sea comes right into the heart of the city. The great natural feature in Kiel is the fjord with its beaches. The maritime aspect of the city with its harbors, the massive passenger ferries and the enormous cranes on the docks - that's typical Kiel. The opening of the Kiel Canal was in 21st June 1895, after 8 years of work and at a cost of 156 million Marks. Kiel Canal connected the Baltic with the North Sea and western trade .The Canal runs for 100 km, linking the North Sea with the Baltic, saving an average of 250 nautical miles by ships using this route, and the chances of being sunk in the high rough seas.The city natural harbor at the end of a 15km (10-mile) extension of the Baltic Sea made Kiel a center for commerce with northern European countries.

Docking & Local Transportation
The new Cruise Terminal Ostseekai - located in the city centre - is one of the most modern terminals for today's cruise liners at the German coast. Well-lit and agreeably with modern check-in and waiting areas as well as generous luggage handling facilities. Getting around Germany is  easy. The train network is comfortable, reliable, fast and reasonably priced. The eastern and western train systems have now been fully merged.It's well over an hour to Hamburg by road from Kiel , so you wouldn't expect a private transfer to cost less than 150 euros. Taxis are dependable, but expensive.
Get around Kiel has a relatively good public transport system based on buses and ferries, both operated by VRK [2]. The taxi service is good, but expensive. Kiel is very flat, and bicycles can be hired at various places. It is quite an easy day to ride from Kiel to Laboe, catch a ferry to Strande, and cycle back to Kiel.
 
Attractions
Kiel Canal stretches along the beautiful promenade that has long been a favorite destination for cycling. It is also suitable for hiking.For the best overall look at the city and harbor, go to the Rathaus's 107m (350-ft.), century-old tower, much of which was restored after the devastating bombs of World War II. May to September, guided tours (in English and German) are offered Wednesday at 2pm for 9€ per person.For a closer view over the harbor, take a stroll along the Hindenburgufer (Hindenburg Embankment), which stretches for 3km (2 miles) along the west side of the fiord, opposite the shipyards.St. Nicholas' Church (Nikolaikirche) is the oldest building in the city. It's a beautiful Gothic-styled edifice built in the 13th century. The church has been reconstructed for many times in the whole field of its history, but it has managed to retain the original style. The City Museum (Stadtmuseum) will introduce the history of Kiel to visitors as it has an interesting collection of historical artifacts and household items. You can diversify your cultural program by visiting Warleberger Hof museum that is located in one of the old mansions of Kiel.
 
A great place for families is Aquarium Kiel urban aquarium located just within a short walk from the city center; it welcomes visitors every day. Anyone would admire the exotic inhabitants of the underwater world.The most famous amusement park is Grusellabyrinth. Young visitors will find a great selection of rides and playgrounds there; adults can accommodate themselves in a cozy recreation area, or visit one of the local restaurants. It's worth to mention the popularity of different cruises that are held each day If you'd like to go to the beach, take a short steamer trip to one of the nearby Baltic towns, such as Laboe, about 15km (10 miles) to the north The most notable region in the historical perspective is the region of Laboe;.?n Laboe, main attraction is the restored World War II submarine U-Boot 995, Strandstrasse 92, Kiel-Laboe
 
For the best overall look at the city and harbor, go to the Rathaus's 107m (350-ft.), century-old tower, much of which was restored after the devastating bombs of World War II. May to September, guided tours (in English and German) are offered Wednesday at 2pm for 9€ per person. For a closer view over the harbor, take a stroll along the Hindenburgufer (Hindenburg Embankment), which stretches for 3km (2 miles) along the west side of the fiord, opposite the shipyards. Perches along this embankment are especially favored by spectators during regattas. Call Tourist Information Kiel for additional details.
 
If you'd like to go to the beach, take a short steamer trip to one of the nearby Baltic towns, such as Laboe, about 15km (10 miles) to the north. Besides the beach, the town's main attraction is the restored World War II submarine U-Boot 995, Strandstrasse 92, Kiel-Laboe (tel. 04343/42700; www.deutscher-marinebund.de; bus: 100 from the Kiel Hauptbahnhof). April to October, you can tour it every day 9:30am to 7pm (Nov-Mar to 5pm). Admission is 3.50€ adults, 2.30€ students and children ages 6 to 17.
 
The open-air Schleswig-Holsteinisches Freilichtmuseum, Alte Hamburger Landstrasse (tel. 0431/659660; www.freilichtmuseum-sh.de; bus: 501 or 502), is in Molfsee, 6km (4 miles) south of Kiel. Farms and rustic country homes, dating from the 16th to the 19th century, have been assembled here. Craftspeople operate shops while working animals perform their tasks. A half-timbered inn serves tasty lunches. The site is open April to October daily 9am to 5pm, November to March Sundays and holidays 11am to 4pm. Admission is 7€ for adults, 5€ students and children, free for children 5 and under, and 14€ for a family ticket.
 
Kieler Woche
Besides being world's largest sailing event the Kieler Woche is one of Germany's largest festivals. Apart from the sailing, the entire center of the town is transformed into an international food and craft fair, with regular big name performers appearing nightly. If you intend to visit Kiel during this time book your hotel well ahead and bear in mind that the waterfront and major parts of downtown will be inaccessible for cars.

Information on events is posted all over town and through a free magazine which will be distributed about a month before the event. Events include entertainment for kids during daytime throughout the entire week and lots of open air concerts. Most concerts end around 11pm and nightlife moves to indoor venues as well as the Eggerstedtstrasse.

Aside from an abundance of food and drink outlets along the streets the International Market on the Rathausmarkt is the place to go for food and drink. A few dozen countries operate booths on the open-air market offering food and drinks from the particular countries. The Kieler Nachrichten newspaper runs a special about food on the market in its Saturday edition. If you cannot decide from the endless choices head over to the Scandinavian area or to wherever crowds are gathering.
 
Eating Out
A variety of shops are located in the pedestrian zone Holstenstraße and the mall Sophienhof. Another relatively big mall is the Citti-Park from where you can also access the huge Ikea shop. Numerous cafes are located in the old town center at the northern tip of the Holstenstraße near the "Nikolaikirche" (Nikolai church). An outdoor shopping area is the busy Holtenauer Straße with lots of cafes and more upscale stores towards the south end near the Dreiecksplatz. Be aware that many shops and stores do not accept payment by card, And that ATM's can be hard to find.
Visitors appreciate restaurants of national cuisine, as well as exotic places, traditional bars and pubs. One of the luxurious restaurant Tan Tamar specializes in Thai cuisine; its menu has a huge range of classic and gourmet treats.German restaurant Der Bauch von Kiel is also famous for a pleasant atmosphere One of the most popular Italian restaurants is Vapiano, where, in addition to their favorite dishes, visitors can order best Italian wines.
 
The nightlife in Kiel is pretty varied and depending on your mood and what you would like to do. My favourite discos of the city are “Atrium”, “Max” and the “Mausefalle”. The Atrium is a big night club in the Dieselstrasse 2 in the city part called “Raisdorf”. It is about 10 kilometres away from Kiel city center. You can get there easily by car or bus shuttle. The disco plays different kinds of music, which is depending to the disco theme of the night. You can party there the whole night long and there are different rooms to dance and listen to the music. There is the main hall, which is quite the biggest room of the disco, the royal room, cocktail room, beat club and the gaudi-room. The drinks are not too expensive and the cocktails are very tasty. In the Foyer is a cash money automat, which is very practical, if you don’t have any money left to party. Very cool is the Birthday-Lounge, which you can attend with 5 friends, if your birthday is on that weekend. And the birthday guest gets a little present for you and your friends.
 
The Max is about 3 kilometres away from the city center and you can take a little walk to get there. It is in the Eckernfoerder Strasse on the corner to the Eichhofstrasse. It is a cool and modern night club with a big dance floor and nice music. There are different events on the weekends to attend and sometimes  entrance is free. Students don’t have to pay the full price, but you have to take your student pass with you. There is also a birthday special for you and a guest, because you and your guest don’t have to pay the entrance and you will get a little drink present for free. There are also some other birthday specials up to 20 guests, but you have to pay for the other birthday specials.
 
Shopping
Shopping lovers should definitely visit trading center named Sofienhof that is located near the main railway stationParticular attention should be paid to numerous shopping complexes of Kiel, the bulk of which is located in the central area and near the waterfront. For fashionable clothes it's better to visit Appelrath Cupper store. Here clothes of the most famous brands is sold, but sales pavilions there aren't exactly the cheapest ones as commodity prices are quite high. Here are located apparel shops, jewelry boutiques and outlets with souvenirs. Holsten Strasse is a wonderful choice for visiting various cafes, restaurants and shops  as well.



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