About Kiel

"One of my favorite things to do after work in Kiel was to grab a share bike and cycle along the Kiel fiord. I loved seeing the cruise ships anchored in the harbor, the citizenry enjoying pleasant strolls along the Kiellinie, and students rowing or practicing water polo. Kiel bills itself as Europe’s “sailing city” and hosts yachts from around the world each June during Kiel Week. The city also is the base for one of Germany’s two naval fleet commands as well as the German Naval Yards. It is the German equivalent of Norfolk in the United States."

- statement by a recent U.S. Fulbright-Schuman fellow and visiting professor from U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command who stayed at the Institute for Security Policy in Kiel in 2019


Gigantic cruise liners from all over the world, ferries to Scandinavia and the baltic states, shopping malls, baltic beaches, its history and the maritime culture, shaped by ship yards, the German Navy's naval base, and relevant maritime institutions in the fields of academia, political, and natural sciences make the city of Kiel the maritime centre of Germany. Through its unique location at the Kiel Fjord, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein is on the waterfront like only a few other baltic metropolis. 

For more information about Kiel Sailing City, click here.


About Kiel Week

During Kiel Week, every year more than three million visitors from all over the world dive into the colourful and multi-facetted life of 'Kieler Woche'. Along with our Kiel International Seapower Symposium, around 2.000 events in areas of culture, sailing, summer festival, entertainment, science, politics, industry and sport come together to form a maritime symphony. Visitors are promised nine days of high spirits at the largest summer and sailing festival in Northern Europe.

To take a look at the activities during Kiel Week, watch the video or click here.


The Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK) provides research, analysis and commentary on conflicts and strategic issues. ISPK is committed to furthering the security policy discourse in Germany and abroad by way of focused, interdisciplinary, policy-oriented research.