Cultural highlights and sightseeing

Kleiner Kiel / Bootshafen

Once encircling almost the whole city, the arm of the sea was cut off the Kiel fjord in 1846 by building a dam. At the beginning of the 20th century part of it was filled in with earth. This new part, the Holstenbrücke, created the Bootshafen and the “Kleiner Kiel” as they are known today. The once island-like location of the city is still recognizable.

The “Kleiner Kiel”, is surrounded by green parks an the Bootshafen with its floating stage offers a nice view to watch the great ferries and cruise liners. During the summer months it’s also the location for open air concerts and culinary events.


Kiel Castle

Initially built as a castle and remodeled in the 16th century to a residential castle the Kiel Castle was almost completely destroyed in the Second World War. Only one wing remained, the Rantzaubau. In 1962-1965 the “new Kiel Castle” was built on the foundations of the old one which today is the center for cultural events in the Old City.

Today it is the location for society events andscientific congresses.

The concert hall offers a variety of shows all year long. The program includes international artists and orchestras, theater plays and much more. The restaurant located on the ground floor features an old cellar dungeon.


Kiel Monastery

The cloister and the refectory with the tomb of Adolf IV are accessible during the opening hours of the garden coffee shop.

The tower is equipped with the only carillon that can be used for concerts in all of Schleswig-Holstein. On the first Saturday of the month at 11 o’clock it is used for this purpose but you can also witness the automatic bell sounds daily at 11 am noon, 3 pm and 6 pm.

In the garden of the monastery you can see the monument to the founder of the city Count Adolf IV in three pieces.

The statue shows Adolf IV putting on monk clothing and taking off his armor. The memorial shows a schematic map of the city during its founding and again in ruins in 1945. The well was built resembling a baptismal font and symbolizes life.

Open daily during exhibitions and the opening hours of the garden coffee shop


Open Church St Nikolai at the Old Market

The St Nikolai Church was built in the 13th century and is the oldest building in Kiel. During the Second World War it was largely destroyed and was rebuilt by the architect Langmaack in 1950/1951.


  • Wednesday early service at 7:30 am.
  • Wednesday “half hour“at 5 pm.
    (Concert with changing musicians and differing styles,
    no cover charge
  • Thu. Evangelical Eucharistie 6:30 pm
  • Evangelical City academy
  • Exhibitions, readings, guided tours and more

Opened: All-day from 10 am – 6 pm

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City and maritime museum fischhalle

The Fischhalle was built between 1909 and 1910 and served as Kiel’s main fish market until the end of the Second World War. The art nouveau building with early baroque features has been a protected historical site since 1971 when it was renovated.

Since 1978 it hosts the maritime museum and the adjacent museum harbor. Besides the main exhibitions you can see the following

  • History of shipping, the harbor and the ship building in Kiel
  • Submarines from Kiel between 1850 to 2000

Opened: Daily from 10 am – 6 pm*
* During the winter opening times are different.


City and maritime museum Warleberger Hof

The city and maritime museum Warleberger Hof is located in the oldest preserved manor house in Kiel. The manor dates back to the early 17th century. You enter the building which is a protected historical site, by walking through a spectacular sandstone portal created in 1765. The portal itself is already worth seeing.

Besides the impressive stone cellar with an old cooking site and cistern you can walk through historical rooms with painted stucco ceilings, precious wallpaper and supraports.

Opened: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm*
* During the winter opening times are different.