The city of Kiel
Today, Kiel is the capitol city of Schleswig-Holstein, one of 16 federal states of Germany, with a population of over 240,000. It is the northernmost large city and represents one end of the Kiel Canal. Traditionally, Kiel still is an important naval port and possesses several important dockyards (ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, former HDW). Furthermore, it is much known for the Kiel Week, widely the world's largest sailing event and also one of the largest folk festivals in germany.
Of course, the port in the middle of the city, situated alongside the central station, shapes the picture of Kiel. With over 1.8 Million passengers (Statista, 2015), Kiel Port is the 5th biggest port of Germany in respect to passenger carrying. Along the bay a high number of ferry stations makes it possible to visit plenty of different marvelous beaches or bay spots.
In Kiel a high density of education and research institutes is given. Some among others are listed below:
- Kiel University
- University of Applied Sciences
- Muthesius Art College
- Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein (dual course of studies)
- German National Library of Economics (ZBW)
- Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
- Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)