Kiel

A simple and quiet German town
The Kieler Förde
The Schleswig-Holsteinisches Freilichtmuseum

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Kiel/Lubeck

A strong relationship with water

Arriving on your MSC Cruise of Northern Europe, you will have the chance to visit Kiel, an expanding urban centre on the shores of the Baltic Sea.


Kiel became the Imperial military port of Germany in 1871 and, when its canal was opened to connect the Baltic and the North Seas in 1895, the town began to control the largest artificial waterway in the world.

Kiel is the ideal location for a relaxing vacation in Germany with an MSC cruise: it is simple and quiet, even during the Kieler Woche international regatta, an event not to be missed by sailing enthusiasts. The few city museums can be visited in one morning, however, if you want to get acquainted with Kiel you cannot ignore its waterways, to which the town is indissolubly bound: they can be visited by taking the Kiellinie footpath or taking a cruise along the Kieler Förde and along the canal.

A spacious promenade along the pier will give you the chance to admire a variety of vessels of all sorts, amongst which the dinghies of the sailing school and, from the wet dock in front, the best view one can get of Kiel. 6 km south-west of the centre, in Molfsee, where we find the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Freilichtmuseum.

This open air museum shows about seventy traditional buildings taken from the Lande and assembled in miniature villages: the colonial houses still maintain the original furniture – outstanding beds sleeping the entire family in order to keep warm in the freezing winters.

While on vacation in Kiel with your MSC Cruise, an excursion will take you to Lubecca, one of the few towns on the northern coasts of Europe that has kept its Medieval glory. For more than two centuries it has been one of the wealthiest and most powerful European cities. The wealth deriving from trade is best expressed through its architecture: from the oldest Rathaus in Germany to the churches with the tallest bell towers and the merchants’ mansions.

Must see places in Kiel

Discover our excursions

6 results found

  • HAMBURG

    CITY TOUR

    KIE15D

    Spend a few hours off the ship and discover the elegant city of Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest metropolis. After leaving the port, an enjoyable a 1.5-hour coach ride will take you see the most important sights. As you explore the city and learn more about its past, you will get to see the city hall, visit the impressive St. Michael’s Church and amble through the narrow street of the 17th-century Krameramtsgasse, a real journey back in time. Your scenic tour of Hamburg will also take you past the man-made Alster lakes and the “Speicherstadt”, the old warehouse district, with its picturesque canals. Some free time to have lunch at your leisure (not included in the price of the tour) will be followed by saying goodbye to your city guide and returning to Kiel and your ship. Please note: this tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 17:00 hours (when the ship is in port at 08.00) and on flights after 19.00 (when the ship is in port at 10.00). The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code KIE15T if you will be in transit in Kiel or code KIE15D if you will be disembarking in Kiel. Gests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Only cameras without a flash allowed inside churches.
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6:30 h

    • Adults$95.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • HAMBURG

    CITY TOUR

    KIE15T

    Spend a few hours off the ship and discover the elegant city of Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest metropolis. After leaving the port, an enjoyable a 1.5-hour coach ride will take you see the most important sights. As you explore the city and learn more about its past, you will get to see the city hall, visit the impressive St. Michael’s Church and amble through the narrow street of the 17th-century Krameramtsgasse, a real journey back in time. Your scenic tour of Hamburg will also take you past the man-made Alster lakes and the “Speicherstadt”, the old warehouse district, with its picturesque canals. Some free time to have lunch at your leisure (not included in the price of the tour) will be followed by saying goodbye to your city guide and returning to Kiel and your ship. Please note: this tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 17:00 hours (when the ship is in port at 08.00) and on flights after 19.00 (when the ship is in port at 10.00). The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code KIE15T if you will be in transit in Kiel or code KIE15D if you will be disembarking in Kiel. Gests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. Only cameras without a flash allowed inside churches.
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6:30 h

    • Adults$95.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • LUBECK

    CITY TOUR

    KIE04T

    Enjoy a pleasant 1.5-hours scenic drive through beautiful German countryside to the Hanseatic city of Lubeck. Discover the charming old town which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will discover the elegant XIX century alleyways and ground courtyards that pay testament to when the Hanseatic League was a booming trade centre. Admire the world-famous Holsten Gate, the seven spires of the cities five churches, the Hospital of the Holy Ghost which dates back to 1280 and St. Mary's Church – home to the world's largest mechanical organ. You will enjoy a typical, light German lunch before leaving your guide in Lubeck and return to Kiel. Please note: this excursion is only for guests in transit in Kiel. As this tour includes long periods of walking on cobblestone surfaces, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      6:30 h

    • Adults$119.00Price per person

    • Children$85.00Price per person

  • MARITIME KIEL

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    KIE02D

    This is a panoramic tour of Kiel, the capital of the state of Schleswig-Holstein and a traditional maritime and naval city. During your city tour, you can admire the imposing canal that connects the Northern and Baltic Seas. We will then visit the Laboe Naval Memorial, a monument dedicated to sailor lost at sea during the two world wars. Naval history enthusiasts will be keen to see the U-995 submarine, which served in the German Kriegsmarine from 1943 to 1945, prowling for the North Sea and Arctic for Allied convoys. The memorial also offers a magnificent bird’s eye view of the surrounding landscapes of northern Germany. You will have the chance to enjoy a typical snack local to Kiel and a soft drink. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties, using a wheelchair or suffering from acrophobia or claustrophobia. This tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 15.00 hours (when the ship is in port at 08.00) and on flights after 17.00 (when the ship is in port at 10.00). The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code KIE02T if you will be in transit in Kiel or code KIE02D if you will be disembarking in Kiel.
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • MARITIME KIEL

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    KIE02T

    This is a panoramic tour of Kiel, the capital of the state of Schleswig-Holstein and a traditional maritime and naval city. During your city tour, you can admire the imposing canal that connects the Northern and Baltic Seas. We will then visit the Laboe Naval Memorial, a monument dedicated to sailor lost at sea during the two world wars. Naval history enthusiasts will be keen to see the U-995 submarine, which served in the German Kriegsmarine from 1943 to 1945, prowling for the North Sea and Arctic for Allied convoys. The memorial also offers a magnificent bird’s eye view of the surrounding landscapes of northern Germany. You will have the chance to enjoy a typical snack local to Kiel and a soft drink. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties, using a wheelchair or suffering from acrophobia or claustrophobia. This tour ends at the port for transit guests and at the airport for guests who are disembarking and booked on flights after 15.00 hours (when the ship is in port at 08.00) and on flights after 17.00 (when the ship is in port at 10.00). The duration of the tour also includes the time for transfer to the airport. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code KIE02T if you will be in transit in Kiel or code KIE02D if you will be disembarking in Kiel.
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • PANORAMIC KIEL AND SURROUNDINGS

    SCENIC ROUTE

    KIE20T

    This panoramic tour will give you an excellent overview of Kiel, your port of call, as well as the surrounding countryside. Thanks to its advantageous coastal location on the Baltic Sea, the beautiful city of Kiel – the capital of the state of Schleswig-Holstein – is characterised by a rich maritime and naval tradition that it still maintains to this day. Kiel enjoys an international reputation as the venue of several important sailing events, including the annual Kiel Week – the world’s biggest sailing competition. In fact, the first-class conditions at sea and meticulous organisation on land have lent Kiel the title of “the world’s unofficial sailing capital”, especially since the city hosted the Olympic sailing competitions in 1936 and 1972. One of these was held in the Kiel suburb of Schilksee, which is naturally on the itinerary. The many little sailing boats and the unique architecture of Schilksee are a living testament to the colourful event. The tour of the city will also take you to see the famous early 20th-century town hall, the majestic Kiel Fjord, an inlet of the Baltic Sea, and the impressive Kiel Canal, which both connects the North and Baltic Seas and is the world's busiest artificial waterway. Your return to the pier and your ship marks the end of this scenic excursion.Please note: this tour is only for guests in transit in the port of Kiel. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$49.00Price per person

    • Children$35.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Reach the port

Port of Kiel

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal

Ostseekai Terminal/Ostuferhafen Terminal

Reach the port by

  • Car

    Ostseekai 

    Ostseekai The Ostseekai is signposted from all main traffic routes. Follow the signs marked "Ferry" and then later " Ostseekai ". Your ship is berthed by the Ostseekai Cruise Terminal. Destination for Sat Nav systems: „Düsternbrooker Weg“/“Schlossgarten“/“Ostseekai“. Ostuferhafen The Ostuferhafen is signposted from all main traffic routes. Follow the signs marked "Ferry", “Ostufer” and then later " Ostuferhafen ". Your ship is berthed by the Ostuferhafen Cruise Terminal. Destination for Sat Nav systems: „Grenzstraße". From “Grenzstraße” you have to turn right into “Heikendorfer Weg”. After 1.300m you need to turn left over “Elbenkamp” to “Salzredder”. Cross the railway lines. The parking is right at the end of “Salzredders”.

     

    Ostuferhafen 

    The Ostuferhafen is signposted from all main traffic routes. Follow the signs marked "Ferry", “Ostufer” and then later " Ostuferhafen ". Your ship is berthed by the Ostuferhafen Cruise Terminal.

    Destination for Sat Nav systems„Grenzstraße". From “Grenzstraße” you have to turn right into “Heikendorfer Weg”. After 1.300m you need to turn left over “Elbenkamp” to “Salzredder”. Cross the railway lines. The parking is right at the end of “Salzredders”.

    Car
  • Train

    Ostseekai  (for cruises till 13.06.2015) 
    you can walk to Ostseekai from the main railway station or the city centre in just a few minutes through the pedestrian zone. 

    Ostuferhafen (for cruises starting 20.06.2015) 
    from the main railway station or the city center you can reach the Ostuferhafen by taxi or by bus, lines 11 and 60s, from the main station to Dietrichsdorf.
    Train

Germany

On the routes of the Hanseatic League
On the routes of the Hanseatic League

Nowadays a holiday to northern Germany will take you to visit a region of bucolic charm.

Notwithstanding the Land’s capital Kiel, a brusque, working port, it is free of urban development, its gentle Baltic coast notched by fjords, its west coast wind-blown and wild, and everywhere canopied by colour-washed skyscapes that have long captivated many an artist’s imagination. Even Lübeck wears its history lightly. Sure, the one-time city-state has a tale as rich and complex as any plotline by its local son, Thomas Mann. Yet at the core of its appeal is nothing more complicated than one of the most enigmatic old towns in Germany, with a heritage and sense of cultural worth handed down from centuries at the head of the Hanseatic League.

Once you’ve ticked off the cultural heavyweights of Hamburg and Lübeck, a holiday to Schleswig-Holstein during your MSC Northern Europe cruise – with Schleswig’s fine beaches and marram-grass dunes, candy-striped lighthouses, commercial ports on deep fjords, and changeable weather, and Holstein’s distinctly Nordic feel – will be one of pure natural wonder.