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Useful information about cruise port Kiel
Below you can find all useful information about the most beautiful attractions, a map of the cruise port as well as other tips for Kiel.
The most beautiful attractions in Kiel
In addition to Hamburg, Kiel, which is just under 100km (62mi) away, is also a worthwhile destination among the northern lights of Germany. The capital of the state of Schleswig-Holstein has 247,441 inhabitants and is located directly on the Kiel Canal. Known for the annual sailing event, the “Kieler Woche”, the city is a very interesting destination for sailing, boat and cruise enthusiasts. Everything in and around Kiel revolves around maritime museums and monuments. Promenades tell the story of the sea or offer a great view.
Laboe Naval Memorial
Built as a memorial for fallen German marines, the leaning structure of Kiel’s outer fjord is one of the few expressionist architectures in Germany. In 1954, the monument was taken over by the German Naval Federation and henceforth dedicated to those left at sea of all nations. Ship models and components of naval and maritime history can be viewed in the underground memorial hall. In addition to its historical value, the view from the tower is above all a real highlight. Climb 341 steps or take the elevator to the viewing platform on the 85m-high (280ft) building. From here you will have not only a panoramic view of the Baltic Sea, but also a beautfiul view out to the Danish islands and Fehmarn Sound Bridge. Laboe Naval Memorial makes an exciting excursion destination and contributes to the maritime environment of Kiel.
German submarine U-995
On the beach just in front of the Naval Memorial, there is an even more exciting witness of German marine history. The Submarine 995 was brought to Laboe in 1972 and is a technical museum for numerous visitors. From 1943 to 1945, the U-995 had gone to battle with the then German Navy on nine enemy raids and was handed over in 1947 to the Royal Norwegian Navy. As a symbol of reconciliation, the Norwegian Navy later returned the boat to Germany in 1965. Since the early 1970s, it has been on display for visitors in Laboe. Authentic history awaits you inside the former warship and will help you reconstruct the long elapsed time.
Old botanical garden
The park was created near Kiel Fjord already in the 19th century with the intention of creating an English country garden, which is characterized by geometric beds, hedges and meadows. This eventually became a botanical garden, serving as a recreational oasis for many Kiel’s citizens. The natural and cultural memorial boasts about one of the oldest and highest dawn redwood trees in Europe, a-more-than 20m high (65ft) Japanese temple juniper and other exotic plants. Ponds and small old houses, including the Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein where regular readings take place, adorn the image of a contemplative piece of greenery.
The Zoological Museum Kiel
The construction of this Zoological Museum is already beautiful to look at and the exhibitions that are waiting for you inside the old walls are in no way less interesting. Especially fascinating is the whale exhibition, which is the most diversed in Germany with 13 spectacular skeletons and hence is given an innovative permanent exhibition called “The Ocean of the Future”. This exhibition brings visitors closer to the latest insights of marine research and topics such as sea level rise, ocean acidification and ocean circulation.
The lively harbor promenade is ideal for recognizing the typical “Kiel”. It stretches from the Ostseekai to the Blücher bridge and is thus the center of all events at the harbor. Boat houses of all kinds lined up here, Cafès on the water invite you to stay for a little while. Moreover, the largest sailing event in the world is celebrated here on the boulevard: the “Kieler Woche“, which attracts guests from all over the world. Stalls, stands and live music on the “Kiel line” complete this world-renown event.
St. Nikolai Church
Built in Gothic style in 1242, St. Nikolai Church is the oldest building in Kiel. After some parts of the church were destroyed during World War II, the long-term repair began. Today, its silhouette adorns the Old Market and pleases Kiel citizens as well as tourists in any activities on the marketplace as an impressive background object.The three magnificent organs inside are also worth seeing.
Kiel’s City Hall Tower
Kiel Town Hall was built from 1907 to 1911 and already from then on pleased its visitors with a beautiful view of the Old Town as well as the Fjord on a 70m high (230ft) high observation deck. People who are interested can learn about the history of this city through the city archive with books and films. Guests can also take a look at many paintings and portraits of former Kiel mayors at the tower and the foyer.
Map of the cruise port in Kiel
Kiel is one of the most important cruise ports in Germany and the third largest port for passenger turnaround in Northern Europe. The port terminals offer good service and a favorable geographic location. Five berths for cruise ships accommodate their high passenger volume, which reached 800,000 in 2019. The berths at Schwedenkai and Norwegenkai are predominantly used by the passenger ferries to Scandinavia and the Baltic. Cruise ships mostly dock at Ostseekai or at the new terminal Ostuferhafen which was inaugurated 2014 for larger ships. Apart from the terminal Ostuferhafen all berths are located very central. Thus the city center of Kiel can mostly be reached easily by foot.
Parking at the cruise terminal in Kiel
Whether you are looking for parking opportunities for your cruise, e.g. with AIDA or Color Line or parking spaces at Ostseekai or in the Old Town – in Kiel there are various ways to park your car. Different providers offer their own parking service which is the most convenient way to park the car at the port.
You can reach the cruise port Kiel at this address: Ostseekai, 24103 Kiel.
If you are already arriving one day before the start of your cruise, “Holiday Extras” and “Parken & Meer” offer among other things a hotel-and-parking combination. Even a taxi ride to the terminal is included. These packages can be booked online or at a travel agency. “Park, Hotel & Cruise” also offers such services. However, this hotel and parking service is not free, prices start at 56 euros (approx. 65 $ or 50 £).
“Kühne & Nagel“, “Park & Cruise” and “Holiday Extras” also have a parking service for guests arriving on the same day of the cruise. The prices are around 125 euros (147 $ or 112 £) for a one-week cruise, at about 160 euros (188 $ or 143 £) for two-week and include the following services: After prior reservation, your car is taken directly at the cruise ship and will be parked safely, mostly covered. At the end of the cruise, an employee will bring it back to you at the ship. Comprehensive insurance for possible damage to the car is usually included as well.
Things to know about cruise port Kiel
Shipping companies and routes
Kiel is a popular port for Northern Europe and Baltic Sea cruises. Cruises with destinations such as Oslo, Tallinn and St. Petersburg all set off in Kiel. As a result, many major shipping companies are calling at this port, including MSC, Costa Cruises, Cunard and most frequently the German cruise company AIDA Cruises.
Especially in the year 2018, many cruise giants arrived in Kiel, including Mein Schiff 1 of TUI Cruises, the AIDAluna and the Costa Pacifica. The biggest ship that berthed in Kiel this year is the MSC Preziosa, which replaced the MSC Fantasia position.
You can take a look at the harbor with its numerous cruise ships online through various harbor webcams.
Immigration and Visa
U.S. citizens may enter Germany for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay. Likewise British citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany.
For further and more accurate information, please contact your cruise operators regarding the valid entry requirements.
The official in Germany is EURO. 1 euro equals approx. 1.18 $ and 0.90 £. You can also use EC or credit cards here. Please keep in mind that fees may apply.
Taxi and public transports
The Cruise Terminal Ostseekai is located very central so that you don’t even need any public transports to explore Kiel. You can walk in the pedestrian zone where you will find different cafés and shopping opportunities. From Kiel main train station, the Terminal can also be reached in a few minutes on foot. Should your cruise ship dock at decentral Ostuferhafen it is most convenient to take a taxi.
The most pleasant months to visit Kiel are undoubtedly the summer months from May to September. The hottest time is between July and August. Hence, you will have the chance to swim in the Baltic Sea during this time of the year. Rainfalls, the cold and darkness dominate the winter months, especially January and February. Therefore, it is not the ideal travel time.
Wesbsites of the Port and Tourist organizations
Impressions of Kiel
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