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One of the major maritime cities in Europe, Kiel will relax you from your first intake of salty sea air. Sitting on the shores of the wide blue Baltic – or, more specifically, the Kiel Fjord – it's a place that will appeal to sun-worshippers, beach lovers and avid shoppers alike. From boutique-filled streets to handsome old landmarks, Kiel exudes old world charm but also boasts plenty of contemporary pleasures to appeal to romantic couples and fun-hungry families.

Things to see

Hankering for a bit of retail therapy? Then take a walk down Holsten Strasse, which is one of the biggest shopping districts in Germany. Whether you want to splash the cash or just idly browse your way down the thoroughfare, it makes a fine afternoon's outing. Dänische Strasse is another urban must-see, with its rows of charming late-19th century buildings. The old centre of the city also features Gothic landmarks and wide open squares to relax in. On a hot day, though, you'll probably want to head to one of the nearby beaches, such as the Strande and the sandy sweep of Laboe. These are a huge hit with Germans and international visitors alike, which will come as no surprise when you lay eyes on the lapping waters and jaw-dropping horizon. Be sure to seek out the Bulk Lighthouse too – it's a much-cherished icon of the area.

Hotels in Kiel

There are hotels in Kiel to fit with most budgets. And whether you intend to spoil yourself with big digs, or would prefer to keep things simple with a smaller pad, much of the accommodation in the area comes equipped with saunas, on-site health clubs and WiFi access either in guestrooms or public spaces, or both. Just do bear in mind that every June the city becomes a magnet for visitors thanks to the Kiel Regatta, the biggest sailing event on the planet. You'll certainly have to book far in advance if your holiday happens to coincide with this maritime extravaganza.

Where to stay

Many of the hotels in Kiel are located within the city itself. This is extremely convenient if you're here as much for the city sightseeing as the glittering shoreline, as the old landmarks and shopping districts will all be within strolling distance of your hotel lobby. If you're here for the sea first and foremost, you can also choose from the hotels dotted along the fjord, or clustered in beach resort areas such as the Strande. The good thing is there's plenty of choice, so Kiel will accommodate any itinerary.

How to get to Kiel

Being a major port, Kiel receives ferries from places such as Oslo and Gothenburg. It's also superbly connected to the rest of Germany thanks to the efficient rail network, making it easy to get to if you're already holidaying elsewhere in the country. Luebeck Airport is the nearest gateway for air travel, although more international flights arrive at Hamburg which is also easily accessible via road or rail. Once in Kiel, the generally flat landscape means you can easily cycle everywhere you need to go – even to the beaches outside of the city. In fact, it's a rather enjoyable excursion on a sunny day.