Kiel, Germany

Rail Guide to Kiel


Naval history and urban living exist side by side at this city on the shores of the Baltic Sea. You can spend a day walking around the docks looking at old ships, crossing the busy Kiel Canal on foot or on a free ferry, or shopping till you drop on Dänische Strasse.

There is a large student population here because of the University of Kiel, as well as an abundance of cultural events throughout the year, including hosting the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival which takes place across northern Germany. There is also a Computer Museum, Maritime Museum, Engineering Museum, the City Museum which documents the history of Kiel, and the Kunsthalle Art Gallery with six centuries’ worth of art. Last but not least, if you visit during the last week of June you’ll catch Kiel Regatta, the biggest sailing event in the world.