The Kiellinie is Kiel's promenade – especially in the summer. Residents and visitors, dog owners, walkers, cyclists, joggers, families... simply everyone who wants to enjoy the panoramic views of the fjord meet here.
Here is a list of all the places on the promenade that you must see!
Enjoy the view along the Kiellinie
The centre of Kiel's western shore is the Kiellinie. The really big boats, the cruise liners, can best be admired from the highest point of the bridge in the Schloßgarten. To reduce air and noise pollution, cruise ships can switch off their engines at the Ostseekai and use shore power. In addition to the environmental benefits, the Ostseekai is also a visual highlight. Thanks to 12,000 LED lights, the facade shines in ever-changing designs after dark, and has won the German Light Design Award.
The Fördeblick-park offers another viewing platform with the best views of Kiel's typical shipyard cranes and passing ships.
Marina and seal basin
At the marina you can get a first glimpse of the husle and bustle of the fjord with sailors, cruise ships and water sports enthusiasts. The seal basin is also worth a visit, where you can watch the seals play and their feeding right next to the Kiellinie. The small aquarium is a fun way to learn about the underwater world.
Take a break at the food truck
Just a few 100 m next to the marina, you can take a culinary break. Enjoy the view of the fjord and the ships passing by. A handmade ice cream or a portion of hot fries with delicious toppings – what would you like?
Restaurants and bars with the best view
Do you want to enjoy the panoramic views as well as culinary delights? Then two high-class restaurants invite you to take a break. At Lagom and Flygge you can enjoy high-quality, creatively prepared dishes. But there is also plenty of choice for those on a budget. In addition to various food trucks, the fish stall MOBY, known for its fish sandwiches, is also located on the Kiellinie. The selection is complemented by restaurants such as Gosch, Nordwind or the Cortidiano. Popular among Kiel residents is the Seebar Düsternbrook. Here you can drink cocktails during the blue hour, rent a SUP or enjoy a salty refreshment.
Water sports and a refreshing dip
After eating, you can watch various water sports enthusiasts or get active yourself. Many water sports clubs have set up their shops here: from water polo and SUP to rowing and sailing, you can let off steam at the Kiellinie. Sailing enthusiasts of all ages will get their money's worth at Sailing Camp. With exciting courses and a varied social programme, you are sure to find the right offer at the Sailing Camp.
Would you rather jump straight into the water? There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the cold water at the Kiellinie. The bathing area at the Kiellinie is located right next to the Sailing Camp. Just a few hundred metres away you will find another access to the water – the Bellevue bathing area (Badestelle Bellevue). Both bathing areas have sanitary facilities, changing rooms and are free of charge.
Reventlou- and Blücherbrücke
From the west shore, you can quickly and easily explore the fjord by ferry. The ferries depart from the pier Reventloubrücke and dock at various stations – both on the west and east shore. The timetables are divided into winter- and summer timetables. A discovery tour across the fjord should definitely be on your to-do list!
Not far from the pier Reventloubrücke you will find the pier Blücherbrücke. For visitors, it is primarily known as a culinary destination. Here you can find everything your heart desires. In the Sandhafen you can enjoy delicious cocktails, lemonades and snacks. The Kombüse Blücherbrücke offers a wide selection of fish sandwiches and burgers. And if you're in the mood for something sweet, the Eis-König is right next door. Enjoy!
The State Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein is also located on the Kiellinie. The building has been the seat of the State Parliament since 1950. Originally built to house the Imperial Naval Academy in 1888, the rooms are now used as an art gallery, open to the public and free of charge. A popular meeting place for young and old are the steps in front of the State Parliament, from where you have a great view over the Kiel Fjord.
The famous sailing training ship Gorch Fock has its home port at the end of the Kiellinie. The training ship of the German Navy was commissioned in 1958. The Gorch Fock was named after the writer Johann Kinau alias Gorch Fock.
The Gorch Fock is primarily used to train officer candidates and candidates for noncommissioned ranks for future service in the fleet. In addition, the 80-metre-long and 12-metre-wide barque, whose figurehead is an albatross, has been taking part in international sailing events and regattas as Germany's floating ambassador since 1960. In addition, when her schedule permits, she leads the Windjammerparade during the Kiel Week.
Life on the Gorch Fock
What is it like for the soldiers to sail on the training ship? A commander gives an insight into life on board the imposing three-masted ship.