This sports event has a beautiful course through the heart of the city and along the shores of the Kiel Fjord. It consists of a half marathon, a 10 km popular distance and a 6 km distance mainly for pupils. Be sure to register early, as the Kiel.Lauf enjoys a rapidly growing popularity. Become a part of the sports event or cheer on the runners and feel their fighting spirit up close!


It’s getting romantic at the Kiel-Canal: inhabitants, cyclists, tourists and many more are invited to join the longest chain of lights between Kiel and Brunsbüttel - with candles, torches and lanterns. In addition, in Kiel´s urban area there is a colorful program in the so-called maritime quarter.

Night of the museums

About 20 museums invite locals and visitors alike to celebrate the end of “Kultursommer” with the night of the museums. Museums, galleries und cultural institutions will surprise their guests with remarkable exhibitions, music, literature and dance until midnight. There will be a shuttle-service, which takes you from location to location. Afterwards you can enjoy the closing-party until dawn.


A diverse cultural and aquatic programme awaits the people from Kiel and their guests at the Bootshafen: during six weekends in the afternoon and on into the evening a floating stage will offer poetry slam, jazz dance shows, readings and live music in a relaxed maritime atmosphere. The deck chairs offer a wonderful opportunity to lay back and enjoy the food and drinks with the evening’s harbour in the background.

Cheese meets wine

The boat harbour (Bootshafen) of Kiel turns into a “celebration of delights”. Wine and cheese lovers are invited to taste a few of the more exquisite types of wine and national cheese in a maritime atmosphere. During the day, visitors are welcome to enjoy live music, small theatrical interludes and there is also the possibility of going sailing. In the evening typical national delicacies will be served in a tent and cheese lovers definitely won’t be the only gourmets catered to.

Kieler Kultursommer

The summer of culture (“Kultursommer”) will provide you with concerts, theatre shows, readings, expositions, lectures and festivities. The highlight will be the night of the museums (“Museumsnacht”) with its remarkable expositions, music, literature and dance within Kiel’s museums until midnight.

135th Kieler Woche and Balloon Sail

9 Days full of events: Kieler Woche is the world’s largest competitive sailing event and the biggest summer festival in northern Europe with over 1000 events. Furthermore, up to 70 hot-air ballooning teams will be attending the 12th international Balloon Sail on the Nordmarksportfeld, casting their magical glow over the sports field as they float off on their evening flight.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics is the biggest sports movement worldwide for people with mental and multiple disabilities that is officially approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). From May 14th until May 18th 2018 there are more than 4.000 athletes competing in numerous sporty competitions in Kiel. They are going to bring emotions, excitement and vitality to Kiel and the surroundings. The competitions include 19 disciplines as well as the possibility to act free from competition. There is no entrance fee at the sports facilities.

Schleswig-Holstein KIDS Festival

At the Pentecost weekend 2018, there is a larger than life play paradise at the Kiellinie at the Kiel´s fjord coast lasting for three days. You are welcome to take part in 130 activities for free on over 30.000 sqm and experience parcours onshore and in the water, creative zones, discovery corners and much more. This is THE ultimate trip for the whole family.