Kiel is a fantastic city and one certainly worth a visit when cruising the Baltic region. It doesn’t take much to see the exciting appeal here and this cruise port has seen a dramatic increase in popularity over recent years. Kiel has now become one of the major maritime centres of Germany and is very much a maritime city. Its location alone is enough to excite as the city sits right at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal. From here passengers can witness the sluice gates and incredible collection of ships make their transit through the world’s busiest artificial waterway, which links the Baltic Sea with the North Sea.
Kiel Week is a great event here that takes place each year, to which many cruise lines are attracted. It’s the biggest sailing event in the world boasting on average around three million visitors per year and approximately 5,000 sailors. Many cruise lines offer itineraries to visit this destination during Kiel Week to offer a unique opportunity for passengers to be part of this spectacular occasion.
Not only is Kiel a great city to marvel at the sights of the Kiel Canal, it’s also a fantastic place for passengers who love to shop. Shopping opportunities here are excellent and Kiel’s shopping district is a must. The best location by far is Holsten Street or Holstenstraße as its locally known. This was the first ever pedestrian precinct in Germany and since it’s completion has become one of the largest shopping streets in the country specialising in shops, boutiques and large department stores.
Kiel is a beautiful city to explore with impressive architecture and a great atmosphere. There are many sightseeing opportunities here and one of the best ways to get around is by bicycle. Here you can pick up a bicycle right at the port and simply cycle of when you’re ready along the superb promenade here taking in the views of the impressive Kiel Fjord. Simply return the bicycle when you are done, it’s as easy as that and makes for a pleasurable way of seeing this beautiful city.