Kiel, Germany cruise holidays
Located on the Baltic Sea, Kiel is an exciting destination with a long maritime and military history to explore. The German Baltic fleet, including warships and submarines, is highly visible around the harbour. You can also see the only surviving U-boat of its kind from World War Two, as well as visiting the Maritime Museum with its interesting naval exhibits.
The Kiel Canal is a 61 mile long canal that links the North Sea at Brunsbüttel to the Baltic Sea at Kiel- Holtenau. In June 1887, construction work started at Holtenau near Kiel and it took over 9,000 workers eight years to build.
On June 21, 1895 the canal was officially opened by Kaiser Wilhelm II who laid the final stone.
The city of Kiel has become one of the major maritime centres of Germany. For those who love to shop, Kiel's shopping district is a must. Holstenstraße (Holsten Street) is Germany's first ever pedestrian precinct and one of the longest shopping streets in Germany.
Kiel is very much a maritime city and sits at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal, the world's busiest artificial waterway, linking the Baltic Sea with the North Sea. See the sluice gates and mighty ships up close as they transit through the canal. The sights around Keil can be enjoyed by bicycle. Pick one up right by the pier and you're ready to cycle off along the beautiful promenade and Kiel Fjord.