Situated at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal, the busiest man-made waterway in the world, Kiel is a long-established maritime city with a busy seaport and a rich history of ship and submarine building. Almost completely destroyed in World War II, Kiel has been extensively rebuilt since the 1950’s and now features broad boulevards and wide squares; and holds the international regatta and festival, Kieler Woche, each year in summer.
Kiel Naval History
Started in 1927 and completed in 1936, the Laboe Naval Memorial originally memorialised the World War I dead of the Kaiserliche Marine, with the Kriegsmarine dead of the World War II being added after 1945. The monument consists of a 85-metre high tower topped by an observation deck.
Elsewhere, Kiel's historic war sites also include a hall of remembrance and a World War II-era German Submarine U-995 (the world’s only remaining Type VII U-boat), which today houses a technical museum.
The Kiel Canal, a remarkable, 100-kilometre-long stretch of freshwater, links the North Sea and the Baltic and is the busiest artificial waterway. This magnificent example of German engineering took 9,000 workers eight years to dig and today plays a major role in trade between the countries of the Baltic and the rest of the world.
Cruises to Kiel
Cities of Germany via the Kiel Canal • L2307
- Discover the maritime history of Kiel, gateway to Berlin
- Enjoy beautiful countryside as you cruise the Kiel Canal
- Visit the Rathaus when in Hamburg
German Cities with Kiel Week Regatta • L2315
- Enjoy the final day of the Kieler Woche festival in Kiel
- Experience scenic cruising of the Kiel Canal
- Delve into rich maritime history in Hamburg and Sassnitz