Sunday, February 21, 2010

Kiel, Germany

Kiel is the capital and most populous city of the northern German state Schleswig-Holstein, with a population of over 236,000.
Due to its geographic location in the north of Germany, the southeast of the Jutland peninsula, and the southwestern shore of the Baltic Sea, Kiel has become one of the main maritime centres of Germany. For instance, the city is known for a variety of international sailing events, including the annual Kiel Week, which is the biggest sailing event in the world. The Olympic sailing competitions of the 1936 and the 1972 Summer Olympics were held in Kiel.

Kiel has also been one of the traditional homes of the German Navy's Baltic fleet, and continues to be a major high-tech shipbuilding centre. Kiel is an important sea transport hub, due to its location at the Kiel Fjord and the busiest artificial waterway in the world, Kiel Canal. Moreover, today Kiel harbour is an important port of call for cruise ships touring the Baltic Sea.

Thank you Jenny, for this lovely postcard!

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