The first impression of Kiel is not inspiring. The Kieler Fiorde, which is what the Canal dumps you into, is
quite pretty, but as you head towards the town, all you can see are shipyards. This, it turns out, is unfair, as Kiel makes quite
an effort to be accessible.
itself is at the southern end of the 10 mile long Fiorde, with smaller towns ringing the remaining edges. A regular ferry
service joins the towns together. The city also has an extensive set of well-signposted cycle ways, including one along the
whole of the harbour front. Rollerbladers abound.
The main shopping center is extensive and pedestrianised. There are good department stores (Karstadt) and a major
shopping centre - the Sophienhof (apparently the largest in West Germany) with a covered market selling fresh goodies. Its
all done in the best possible taste.
The whole of the Fiorde is ringed with marinas, and the main one for Kiel being Dursternbrook. Frankly, we don't
think much of it. Basically a series of four concrete boxes, it can be considered adequate. It clearly gets so busy that there
are now moorings outside the marina, which back on the wavebreak wall (there are stpes fixed to the wall for you to get
off your boat)
usually stay at the British Kiel Yacht Club. This is a military sail training base, which will also provide moorings to visting
yachtsmen. Somewhat a shadow of its former self, its still a British oasis, although the facilities these days are rather restricted,
as the Commander is prohibited from providing things like food by the MOD. However it is in a pretty setting at the end of a creek,
and is quite different in character from the local marinas. Its a 6km cycle (or bus) ride into Kiel, but there are a few local