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Plan your trip to KielThe northern German harbour town of Kiel, capital of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, offers a mix of new and old world charm with a distinctly nautical twist. Pick up your Avis rental car and explore at your leisure.
With its enviable position on the Kiel Fjord, a modern centre and numerous historic sites to visit, there’s plenty to enjoy in this laidback city. The focal point is “Kiellinie”, the sleek waterfront promenade which plays host to cafes, restaurants and a small aquarium.
Dänische Strasse (Danish Street) offers a glimpse of Kiel’s past with its 19th century buildings and statues. It’s also a great place to grab a bite to eat al fresco and people watch.
In terms of museums there’s plenty to choose from. Kiel Maritime Museum aptly located in a former fish market is certainly worth a look and charts the story of the city’s rich maritime heritage through a series of exhibits incorporating models and paintings.
The Kunsthalle Museum is also popular and showcases art works from the Renaissance period to the present day. There are a number of sections dedicated to individual artists including the British sculptor Antony Gormley, famous for his contemporary sculpture the Angel of the North.
The Old Botanical Garden with its impressive selection of plants and gardens provides a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. The pavilion and cupola, constructed in 1991, is the focal point and offers views of the Fjord from its viewing platform.
At night Kiel goes up-tempo with a range of nightlife options ranging from cosy bars to late-night clubs.
Road trips from KielGermany is a fascinating country offering diverse scenery that is sure to enchant. From the magnificent Alps to atmospheric forests and vibrant cities it provides sightseeing opportunities in abundance. Pick up your Avis car hire from any Kiel rental office and explore these nearby attractions.
Laboe Naval Memorial
Most visitors to Kiel take the 30-minute drive via the B502 to visit the imposing Laboe Naval Memorial. Work began on the structure in 1927 and was completed in 1936. The memorial includes a 72-metre-high tower with observation deck, a hall of remembrance and German submarine from World War II.
Just a short 25-minute drive from Kiel, via the B76, is the Rosensee lake situated in the Holstein Switzerland region of Schleswig-Holstein. It’s the perfect spot for a relaxing picnic or visitors can take advantage of numerous hiking trails in the area.
Drive for just under an hour and 30 minutes from Kiel via the A7 or A21 to reach Hamburg. The delightful Old Town with landmarks such as the Town Hall and 18th century St Michaels Church is not to be missed. During the summer street artists and vendors vie for attention while in the winter the enchanting Christmas market is a real crowd pleaser.
The Kunsthalle Hamburg houses works spanning seven centuries of world art while the Hamburg Museum, founded in 1908, gives insight into local history.
During the evenings there are restaurants, bars and clubs aplenty or visitors can take in a show at the famous English Theatre of Hamburg.
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