Sports and Physical Activities


As a student in Kiel you have several possibilities to do sports within the university offers, thus under very low costs.

Hochschulsportangebot (Sports at Kiel University)

Kiel University offers a broad range of sport courses which can be visited arbitrarily for a small one-time semester fee (12€ + 3€ chip fee). The courses included in this semester basic charge can be viewed here. (Including typical team sports, different cardio courses, different martial arts, fencing, different dancing courses and much more)

Swimming is included within this offer, but only during pre-defined opening hours.

Offers which require as additional fee can be viewed here (like climbing, rowing, canoeing, tennis, and so on).

Furthermore, special offers are provided by the university, where online registration is required and additional costs arise, but to a very moderate price for students. The overview is given  here (like sailing, tai chi, yoga, back fitness, etc.).


The FIZ is the Fitness Center of Kiel University run by our cooperation partner, the leisure and health sports club (Verein für Freizeit- und Gesundheitssport VFG).
For bookings and further information visit You can choose between one (27€), three (60) or six (89) months registration. A sauna abonnement can be booked, too.

Indoor Offers

In Kiel different indoor gyms can be visited:


The Hochseilgarten "HIGH SPIRITS" is a high rope garden where you can challenge different parcours on different heights which can be a very exciting adventure. Offers, opening times and first impressions or photo galleries can be found on the homepage (


Recreational Offers at Kiel University


Relaxation can be a very important topic within the demanding studying and exchange program. Here you will find some tips for places with a high recreation factor.

We recommend you the following leisure time activities:

Kiel University Cinema

Kiel University is offering cinema events at the Audimax (main lecture hall) during the semester (almost every week). The fees are very low. During some evenings there is no entry fee if being dressed up in costumes according to the motto of the particular film. Typically, soft drinks, beer and light snacks are sold. During the breaks food can be ordered (like pizza).

Further information can be found on the homepage:

Botanical Garden

The botanical garden of Kiel University is open throughout the whole year. The doors are opening at 9.00 am, the show green houses at 9.30 am. There is no entry fee. Guided tours or exhibitions can be visited.

Further information like opening hours, events, location, etc. can be found here.

GEOMAR Aquarium

The aquarium of the GEOMAR Helmholtz center for oceanic research provides an insight into the maritime environment of seals. Several animals, fishes and invertebrates can be seen within a beautiful landscape. Seals, playing around or sunbathing, can be observed 24h under or above water. Feeding times are at 10.00 am and 2.30 pm.

Further information like opening hours, events, location, etc. can be found here.

Kiel Observatory

The observatory is run by the University of Applied Sciences Kiel and located on its highest building. 

With a telescope's focal length of three meters lunar craters, a deep look into space is possible. Together with the expert team of the observatory, you can explore selected objects on clear night sky and the constellations and learn how they are linked. Besides, the observation deck provides a beautiful panoramic view of the fjord and the city of Kiel.

Further information like opening hours, events, location, etc. can be found here.

THW Kiel (Champion of the handball premier league)

THW Kiel is a big sports club in Kiel which is widley known for its professional handball team. It has won the German Championship tree years in a row and is the record champion of Germany (Championship and German Cup). In 2007, 2010 and 2012 it has won the International Champions League. A visit to Sparkassen Arena, the arena of THW Kiel in the center of Kiel, features a nice adventure offering a tremendous atmosphere (10,285 fans). Typical ticket prices are offered in a range of 10 to 20 euros (approximately).

Further information like opening hours, events, location, etc. can be found here.

Holstein Kiel (Soccer)

Holstein Kiel is the soccer club playing in the 3. German division, which is a nationwide league. The matches take place in the Holstein Stadion with a capacity of 11,386. The stadium is pretty close to field, thus offering a nice and exciting experience. Tickets for students start with an entry fee of 9 euros (staying, not roofed), up to 23 euros (seats, roofed).

Further information like opening hours, events, location, etc. can be found here.

Thermal Springs, Saunas and Water Worlds

Ostsee Therme (Thermal Spring Center)

The Ostsee Therme is a very popular thermal spring center located in Scharbeutz (approx. 1.5 hours away from Kiel).  Residing directly at the Baltic sea coast it features a direct view on the beach. On an area of 14,000 square meters, fitness, wellness and water world offers are provided (e.g. hot springs, saunas, indoor/outdoor pools, etc.). A direct access to the beach is given.

Further information like opening hours, events, location, etc. can be found here.

Other Proposals

Further proposals of this kind, in the vicinity of Kiel, are shown here.

Notice: Typically, some fitness clubs in Kiel are providing equal offers in a smaller size, but may be located closer to your habitation.


Water Sports and more


Kiel certainly is a paradise for all interested in watersports. You will find here information on some kinds of watersports and continuative links.

Typically offered in Kiel and surroundings:

Sailing / Motorboats












Theme Parks and Zoo


Theme Parks: (Further information canbe found here)

Hansa Park Sieksdorf


Meereszentrum Fehmarn


Power Park


SEA-LIFE Timmendorfer Strand


Further information canbe found here.


Zoo: (Further information canbe found here)

Hagenbecks Tierpark (Hamburg)


Tierpark Gettorf


Tierpark Neumünster


Wildgehege Hasseldieksdamm und Wildgehege Hammer





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