The tourist office has maps for bike rides along the waterfronts.


Follow Kiel’s main thoroughfare, the pedestrianised Holstenstrasse, for about 1.5km northeast to the Schlossgarten to reach the waterfront (the port closer in is inaccessible due to ferry terminals). There you'll see new warships being built for nations worldwide, and all manner of ships big and small.


Kiel is best visited on your way to someplace else, but there are some reasonable hotels scattered around the centre – the best places are generally close to the water.


Follow the waterfront and choose a seafood cafe for lunch. There are plenty to choose from.

Drinking & Nightlife

Like port cities the world over, Kiel can get pretty rowdy, especially along its waterfront in summer. You'll hear most places before you see them and there's little that will live long in the memory. Kieler Brauerei is an exception.