Destination guide

Maritime marvels will have you dropping anchor in Kiel

Heavily bombed during World War II—it was targeted because submarines were constructed in its shipyard—Kiel may not be as picturesque as other places in Germany, but don't take that to mean this historic port city on the Baltic Sea coast doesn't have bags of character. The centuries-old harbor is a testament to its rich maritime history, which continues on to this day. Whether you book a Kiel vacation rental that's right on the Kiel Canal, near the beach, in the suburbs, or set back from the city center, you'll have a good base for sailing, swimming, and sightseeing.

Activities

Give in to pier pressure and go see the Kiellinie

Not surprisingly, boating and sailing are among the most popular activities in Kiel. If you just want to stroll by the water and watch ships pull in and out of the harbor, Kiel's promenade, the Kiellinie, is the place to be. This long waterfront strip is home to boathouses, restaurants, and cafes. Or, go jogging and cycling on the banks of the busy 61-mile Kiel Canal. Head to Holsten Street for some shopping—it's said to be one of the longest shopping streets in Germany—before retiring to your Kiel vacation rental for the night.

Weather

Kiel—this city definitely keeps its cool

Thanks to Kiel's oceanic climate, you can expect cold and cloudy winters, and cooler-than-most summers. There's a fair chance of some rainfall all year round, so just keep an umbrella in your bag. At the peak of summer in July and August, the average temperature is only 62 degrees. Lows are in the mid-50s, while highs can reach 70 degrees. Kiel vacation rentals tend to have lower prices during the chilly months of December to February, when average winter temps are in the upper 30s. January is the coldest month, with temps between 32 and 40 degrees.

Natural features

A spot of nature in Kiel's botanical gardens

For tranquil walks amidst colorful flowers and lush greenery, head to one of Kiel's green spaces. After the University of Kiel relocated the city's botanical garden and arboretum to a larger plot of land, the former botanical garden became a public park. The Old Botanical Garden—the name really simplifies things—actually began as a private park. Both sites feature a variety of trees from around the world, as well as flower beds and ponds. Further afield, there's family-friendly hiking and guided tours at Storkathener Heide nature reserve, located within the sprawling Aukrug Nature Park.

Transport

How to get to and around Kiel

Fly into Luebeck (LBC), the closest airport, located 42.4 mi (68.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Hamburg (HAM), which is 48 mi (77.3 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Kiel Central Station, Kiel-Hassee CITTI-PARK Station and Suchsdorf Station are the main stations in the area.

Where to stay around Kiel?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,008 vacation rentals near Kiel. From 788 Condos/Apartments to 204 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kiel for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kiel?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kiel. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kiel Opera House: 1,577 vacation rentals
  • Old Botanical Garden: 1,574 vacation rentals
  • Schilksee Beach: 1,946 vacation rentals
  • City and Maritime Museum: 1,575 vacation rentals
  • Friedrichsort Lighthouse: 1,721 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kiel listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Kiel?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 788 Condos/Apartments in Kiel. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kiel include:

  • Houses: 204 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 4 rentals available
  • Cabins: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kiel?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 10 vacation rentals with pool available in Kiel. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.