9 reasons for Kiel
1. The sea
Live, work and study by the sea – what could be better?
The taste of salt in wind which can clear your head. A panorama view, openness, real weather – and the sea in the middle of the city. Make this holiday destination your home. Ferries and cruise ships bring far away places right up close.
2. Quality of life
Kiel has all the advantages of a large city, yet still remains manageable. The universities all have campuses, so students do not have to travel long distances. All the central institutions in the city can be reached quickly. Kiel is a bike-friendly city with top marks. And the bike is a great way to discover the beautiful surroundings. Find your favourite routes and spots!
3. Do sports, watch sports
Let off steam to your heart's content: Kiel is just right for this. The sea makes it particularly special: sailing, windsurfing, kiting – Kiel is the perfect place. Jogging, or inline skating directly along the waterfront of the Kiel Fjord: top location, the freshest air. You would rather watch? The world's sailing capital is the best for that, too – there is even a Regatta-TV channel. Or you could cheer on the THW Kiel – world class handball.
4. Educational network
All of Kiel's universities and institutes – that's around two dozen - place emphasis on interdisciplinary networking. Kiel stands for a first class educational landscape for everything to do with universities. Lifelong learning: for which Kiel has it all.
5. The industry wants knowledge
The universities are the city's biggest employer. They train highly qualified graduates who are extremely welcome in the region's companies. The transfer of knowledge and technology has top priority. The Wissenschaftszentrum and Science Park Kiel offer many possibilities to start a career. Founders of new businesses receive expert individual support and supervision at all universities.
6. Alliance between the industry, universities and the city
In Kiel, the major players all pull together. Science, industry and the city have agreed on a close cooperation to ensure that Kiel is always one step ahead in the competition as a location for a science city. Everyone profits from this - above all the students.
7. Quick living
Compared to other university towns, rent and property prices in Kiel remain affordable. Whether it is student resident halls or shared accommodation close to campus, whether in one of the numerous green districts or in multi-cultural Gaarden – large parks and the sea are generally always just around the corner.
8. A cultural heart
Kiel is the cultural heart of the region: acting and the opera, cinemas and concerts, museums and botanical gardens, from choirs to improvisational theatre – many groups are there for the people of Kiel and their guests. Oh, and there are lots of bars and pubs, too. Festivals, events, such as the worldwide renowned Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival or the Chiffren-Biennale for new music are broadcast internationally. And, of course, at the end of June every year – the world’s largest sailing event and northern Europe's biggest summer festival – Kieler Woche.
9. A place to increase happiness
Schleswig-Holstein is where the happiest people in Germany live, according to a representative, scientific study. Is it to do with living in harmony with nature? Or the land between two seas? Or it is the people – who reject the artificial and stand for what is real? Find out what it really is here in the north – a place to increase your happiness.
Header photo: Landeshauptstadt Kiel / Barbara Westendorf
Photos: Landeshauptstadt Kiel / Bodo Quante