Kiel / Germany
Kiel, the state capital of Schleswig Holstein, is a county-level city in the east of the country on the Baltic Sea (Kiel Fjord). It is the largest city (230,000 inhabitants.) as well as next to Lübeck, Flensburg and Neumünster, one of the four main centers of the province. Furthermore, Kiel is a traditional university town particularly in the areas of navigation, shipbuilding, sailing and marine research.
Kiel is characterized by the proximity to the sea; due to the destruction of the city in World War II it has now, however, no more old town, which would be recognized as such. The city is dominated by buildings from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Conspicuous is the Naval Memorial at Laboe. Other attractions include the botanical garden, the sluices of the North Sea Canal and the picturesque cliff top at Kiel-Friedrichsort. Highlight of the event calendar is the Kiel Week held annually, the largest sailing event in the world.