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The Kiel Week (Kieler Woche) is the biggest sailing event in the world. In 1936 and 1972, when the Olympic Games were held in Berlin and Munich respectively, the Olympic sailing competitions were held in Kiel-Schilksee.
Kiel is the capital of the northernmost German Bundesland Schleswig-Holstein and located on the eastern side of the base of the Jutland peninsula off the south-east corner of the Baltic Sea. Located on the Bay of Kiel at the head of the Kiel Fjord, the Baltic city has been one of the country's main naval bases since the 1860s, a center for German shipbuilders, and the eastern terminus of the Kiel Canal, located to the north of the city at Kiel-Holtenau, a former naval air base now incorporated into the city and used as an international airport. A renowned university, the University of Kiel (established 1665), is located in Kiel. wikipedia

The Kiel Fjord was first settled by Normans or vikings who would colonize the land along their raids for many years staying in German villages. This is recorded by the geography and architecture of the fjord. Kiel was first originally founded in 1233 as Holstenstadt. Kiel, the capital of Holstein, was a member of the Hanseatic League from 1284 until it was expelled in 1518 for harbouring pirates. In 1431, the Kieler Umschlag (trade fair) was first held, which became the central market for goods and money in Schleswig-Holstein until it began to lose significance from 1850 on, being held for the last time in 1900. The University of Kiel was founded on 29 September 1665, by Christian Albert, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp. A number of important scholars, including Theodor Mommsen and Max Planck, studied or taught there. From 1773 to 1864, the town belonged to the King of Denmark. Thus Kiel belonged to Germany but was ruled by the Danish king. Even though the Empire was abolished in 1806, the Danish king continued to rule Kiel only through his position as Duke of Holstein. When Schleswig and Holstein rebelled against Denmark in 1848 (the First Schleswig War), Kiel became the capital of Schleswig-Holstein until the Danish victory in 1852. wikipedia

In the vicinity of Kiel are seaside resorts such as Kiel-Strande, Kiel-Schilksee, Moeltenort and Laboe. Laboe has an important naval memorial, as well as the WWII-era submarine U-995, a popular tourist site since 1972.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The sea, the sky, the ground. The Baltic Sea was traditional Viking territory.
  • Cons:Can't think of any except for the often too cold weather.
  • In a nutshell:Fondest days of my childhood.
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  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Interesting and unusual page. My husband was based here with the Royal Navy in the mid 1950's and has a special affection for the city.

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Im baaack!...Was a bit bummed by my "procedure" on Thurs,,had a friend go in..they sliced for a biopsy..and he died a day later(accellerated the cancer in one of the biopsied areas)..so I got drunk as a lord..better now LOL

  • Feb 1, 2008 at 6:00 AM

    Nice history tips!

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