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.

Things to do

Kiel's GEOMAR Aquarium—the seals might seal the deal

Aptly housed in a former fish auction hall that was built in 1910, the Schifffahrtsmuseum (City and Maritime Museum) will tell you about Kiel's maritime heritage, aided by paintings, ship models, and nautical objects. Take the kids to the GEOMAR Aquarium, which is small, but still a worthwhile stop if you want to see marine life from the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Or, you can just watch the seals outside. Finally, ogle modern art at the Stadtgalerie Kiel (Kiel Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Arts), which contains the City Art Library.


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.


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.

How to get there

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 1,144 vacation rentals near Kiel. From 139 Houses to 921 Condos/Apartments, 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 is the best area to stay when traveling to Kiel?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kiel:

  • Schilksee: 58 vacation rentals
  • Düsternbrook: 22 vacation rentals
  • Ravensberg - Brunswik - Düsternbrook: 25 vacation rentals
  • Holtenau: 23 vacation rentals
  • Gaarden: 41 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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 Town Hall: 1,787 vacation rentals
  • Kiel Central Station: 1,750 vacation rentals
  • Flandernbunker: 1,777 vacation rentals
  • Kieler Brauerei: 1,787 vacation rentals
  • Olympic Center Schilksee: 2,780 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 Houses in Kiel?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 139 Houses in Kiel. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kiel include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 921 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 3 rentals available
  • Cabins: 3 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 16 vacation rentals with pool available in Kiel. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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