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City Profile: Kiel

Kiel is the capital of the northern German state Schleswig-Holstein and has around 240,000 inhabitants. Founded in the 13th century as "Holstenstadt tom Kyle", the city’s name was changed to Kiel in 1900. Due to its location close to the Baltic Sea, it is an important maritime centre as well as transport hub, probably best known for the annual Kiel Week, the biggest sailing event in the world.

Things to see and do

Old Botanical Garden

Ein Sitzplatz auf der größten Seerose der Welt
Der kleine Giona sitzt am Montag (19.07.2004) etwas ängstlich im Botanischen Garten der Kieler Universität auf einem Rosenblatt der Viktoria-Seerose. Dabei handelt es sich um die größte Seerosenart der Welt, ihre Blätter werden bis zu zwei Meter groß. Die Heimat der stacheligen Pflanze ist der Amazonas. Die Stachel, die mehrere Zentimeter groß sind und an der Blattunterseite sitzen, dienen zum Schutz vor Fischen und Schildkröten, die die Blätter sonst fressen würden. Foto Horst Pfeiffer dpa |© picture-alliance/ dpa/dpaweb

The Old Botanical Garden’s history in Kiel can be traced back to the late 19th century when Adolf Engler was starting to transform the English landscape garden into a botanical one. It is located north of the city centre, close to Kiel Fjord. Apart from the dawn redwood, which belongs to the oldest of its species on the European continent, the Old Botanical Garden offers a silent atmosphere for a walk enjoying a wide diversity of plants.

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Molfsee Open Air Museum

Freilichtmuseum Molfsee
Der Eingang des Freilichtmuseums Molfsee, fotografiert am Montag (21.05.2012) in Kiel. Künftig sollen die volkskundlichen Sammlungen des Landes Schleswig-Holstein in Molfsee zusammengeführt werden. Foto: Daniel Reinhardt dpa/lno | Verwendung weltweit© picture-alliance/ dpa

The Open Air Museum hosts a heritage raiolway, more than 60 houses, windmills and workshops, an old pharmacy surrounded by a herb garden and a bakery from 1850, where sourdough bread is still produced to the original recipe.

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The Maritime Museum

Schifffahrtsmuseum in Kiel er�ffnet wieder
Schiffsmodelle stehen am 25.04.2014 in der sanierten Fischhalle am Seegarten in Kiel (Schleswig-Holstein). Am Wochenende wird das Kieler Schifffahrtsmuseum nach �ber drei Jahren umfangreicher Modernisierungsarbeiten wieder ge�ffnet. Foto: Carsten Rehder/dpa |© picture-alliance/ dpa

Kiel’s history and culture are shaped by its proximity to the Baltic Sea. In addition to being the location of a major shipyard, the city’s maritime museum provides information about Kiel’s historical connections throughout the maritime world. Due to the museum’s location in a hall where fish auctions have taken place in the past, it conveys a realistic atmosphere.

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Kieler Förde

Laboe
Foerde, Ostsee, Strand, Ostseebad, Sommer, Laboe, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Deutschland | Verwendung weltweit© picture-alliance/ Arco Images

The fjord-like Kieler Förde, a 17 km long inlet shaped by glacial movement, is stretched from the city centre to the Bay of Kiel. Its narrowest point, the so-called Friedrichsorter Enge, is only 1km wide. Walking in a stiff breeze alongside the inlet, tourists can experience a wide variety of activities, ranging from watching all kinds of yachts to enjoying beautiful beaches for vacations.

Kiel Week

Kieler Woche - Internationale Klassen Segeln
Die deutschen Segler Horst Miera und Janneke Fock sind am 20.06.2016 bei einer Regatta im Rahmen der Kieler Woche vor Kiel-Schilksee (Schleswig-Holstein) mit ihrem Boot in der Hobie 16-Klasse auf dem Kurs. Foto: Carsten Rehder/dpa | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / dpa

Kiel Week is the world’s largest sailing event that welcomes around 5,000 sailors, 2,000 ships and three million visitors and takes place annually during the last full week in June. Its diverse events provide the whole family with opportunities to gather exciting and interesting experiences at the largest summer festival in northern Europe.

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Kiel THW Handball Team

THW Kiel - TBV Lemgo
Die Mannschaft des THW Kiel feiert seine 20. Deutsche Meisterschaft und empf�ngt die Schale. THW Kiel vs TBV Lemgo, Handball, 1. Liga, 05.06.15 | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / Eibner-Presse

The handball club Turnverein Hassee-Winterbeck (THW Kiel) holds its matches in the Sparkassen Arena, which provides space for up to 13,500 supporters. Founded in 1904, THW Kiel has become the most successful handball club in Germany: The club won the triple in 2012, including not only the German championship and cup but also the EHF Champions League. Even more fascinating is THW Kiel’s record of progressing through an entire championship season without having lost a single point.