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Kiel is located in the Kiel Firth, a 17-km. melt water channel which goes over in the Kiel bay. After the getting the city right in 1242 the city has been shadowed by the nearby Lübeck and Flensburg.

Only after the development of the military port of the empire in 1871 the city began developing very quickly and now it is the biggest city in the Schleswig–Holstein region with the population of 232.000. Like no other German city Kiel is marked by the harbor.

Since 1882 there is yearly celebrated the Kieler Woche at the end of June. This is the biggest sailing event in the world and the biggest summer party in the whole Northern Europe. The Kiel Canal was opened in 1895 and now is the most used waterway of the world. Passenger ferries go from Kiel to Gothenburg, Oslo and Klaipeda, cargo ferries go to St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad.

As a cruise harbor Kiel is in constant competition with Rostock-Warnemünde during the rush season, besides several cross liners are registered in Kiel port.

The Kiel Firth with nine sports boat harbors and several beaches is a unique centre of recreation. Kiel is one of the destination points of “German Ferry Road” Kiel-Bremervörde.

The sights of Kiel and Holstein.

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