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.

Sailing Project Camp 24/7

“A taste of sailing” - trips and sailing courses for children, youths and guests of our city. The sailing camp, which is the only of its kind in Germany, invites you to optimist sailing courses, city tours by boat, after work sailing and many other sailing events directly at the Kiellinie seven days a week.

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“Unser Norden” Beach Tour 2018

For the 5th year running, Germany’s beach volleyball elite will come to Kiel’s Holstenplatz. The preliminary tournament of this year’s „Unser Norden“ Beach-Tour promises to keep spectators on the edge of their seats, uniting sports and a breezy beach atmosphere -  right in the heart of Kiel! You can look forward to top-class sports!

Festival of the beers

During Ascension Day weekend, Kiel’s Bootshafen will be transformed into a paradise for beer lovers – over 100 different varieties of beer will be presented and visitors will be able to try all of them to their heart’s content. You can choose between international, national and local beers. Combining a wonderful view of the fjord, a colourful musical programme and several supporting events, this festival will certainly give an early taste of summer.


Days are getting longer and trees are coming into leaf. It’s high time for the first jump into the floods of the Baltic Sea. There will also be an opportunity to try stand-up paddle boarding and win great prices. “Anbaden” takes place at Seebadeanstalt Düsternbrook, Kiellinie.

Kieler Umschlag

The winter’s city centre folk festival promises four fantastic days under the banner of tradition. Once ancient mayor Asmus Bremer and his wife Katharina have been awoken for the festivities, the mood turns celebratory. On Alter Markt there will be an entire historical village with artisans and tradesmen, jugglers and innkeepers, inviting you to experience crafts of ages long gone by and try delicious dishes. KIEL OPENS UP for city-wide Sunday-shopping from 1 pm to 6 pm.