Travel Blog - Team Member on Tour in Germany: Kiel Fjord at the Baltic Sea
Let me introduce myself briefly. I am Inga, a Senior member of the team at Enviroblog.net (https://www.enviroblog.net/contributors), born in Germany and living in Australia for 35 years. Travelling to Europe is therefore on my agenda when possible.
Currently I am on a trip in Germany with travel stories to tell. In this blog I will take you to the beautiful Kiel Fjord, located at the Baltic sea.
The Baltic Sea is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that is enclosed by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden and the North and Central European Plain.
The Kieler Förde, also known as the Kiel Fjord, is a scenic inlet of the Baltic Sea located in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. It stretches for about 17 kilometres and is surrounded by picturesque towns, charming villages, and verdant hills. The Kieler Forde has a rich maritime history, and it has played a significant role in the economic, social, and cultural development of the region. In this article, we will explore the Kieler Forde's history, attractions, and activities that make it a must-visit destination.
The Kieler Förde has been an important harbour since the Middle Ages. The town of Kiel, which is located at the head of the fjord, was founded in the 13th century and quickly became a vital centre of trade and commerce. Throughout the centuries, the Kieler Forde has witnessed many historic events, including the Battle of Jutland in 1916, which was the largest naval battle of World War I. Today, the Kieler Forde is still an important port and is home to the Kiel Canal, which connects the Baltic and North Seas, making it a vital shipping route.
The Kieler Förde is also a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to admire its natural beauty, historical landmarks, and vibrant cultural scene. One of the most popular attractions is the Kiel Maritime Museum, which showcases the region's rich maritime history and has a vast collection of ships, models, and artefacts. Another must-see attraction is the Kieler Woche, which is the largest sailing event in the world, attracting thousands of sailors, yachts, and visitors every year. The Kieler Woche is also a vibrant cultural festival, featuring music, art, food, and entertainment.
In addition to these cultural attractions, the Kieler Förde is also famous for its stunning natural beauty. The fjord is surrounded by green hills and forests, and the water is crystal clear, making it an ideal spot for swimming, sailing, and fishing. There are several beaches along the fjord, including the popular Strande Beach, which offers a range of water sports activities. The Kieler Förde is also home to several nature reserves, including the Westensee Nature Park, which is a paradise for hikers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers.
One of the best ways to explore the Kieler Förde is by taking a boat tour. There are several companies that offer boat tours, ranging from short sightseeing trips to full-day excursions. These tours offer a unique perspective of the fjord, allowing visitors to see its beauty from a different angle. Some of the most popular boat tours include the Kieler Förde Light Tour, which takes visitors on a sunset cruise through the fjord, and the Kieler Förde Brunch Tour, which offers a delicious brunch buffet while cruising the fjord.
For those who prefer to explore on land, there are several cycling and hiking trails that run along the fjord. These trails offer stunning views of the fjord and the surrounding countryside, and they are suitable for all levels of fitness. One of the most popular cycling routes is the Kiel-Ostsee Cycle Route, which runs from Kiel to the Baltic Sea, passing through charming villages and picturesque landscapes. There are also several hiking trails, including the Kieler Förde Trail, which runs for 32 kilometres along the fjord, offering breathtaking views and plenty of opportunities to stop for a picnic or a swim.
In conclusion, the Kieler Förde is a unique and fascinating destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you are interested in history, culture, nature, or outdoor activities, the Kieler Förde has it all.
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