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Wirtschaftsakademie
Schleswig-Holstein
www.wak-sh.de

Hartwig Wagemester
hartwig.wagemester@wak-sh.de
+49 431 / 3016 – 138

Project Management and Communication

REM • Consult
www.rem-consult.eu

Hauke Siemen
bestagers@rem-consult.eu
+49 (0)40 657 903 78

 

Lead Partner

Wirtschaftsakademie
Schleswig-Holstein
www.wak-sh.de

Hartwig Wagemester
hartwig.wagemester@wak-sh.de
+49 431 / 3016 – 138

Project Management and Communication

REM • Consult
www.rem-consult.eu

Hauke Siemen
bestagers@rem-consult.eu
+49 (0)40 657 903 78

 

The Partnership

8 Countries

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Sweden

8 Countries

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Sweden
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City Council of Kiel

The sea reaches right into the heart of the city. The largest work of nature is the fjord, with its long banks and its beaches. The maritime view of the city, with the port installations, the giant passenger ferries and cruise ships, and the huge shipyard cranes – all of this is typical of Kiel.

Kiel has more than 234,000 inhabitants. The heart of Schleswig-Holstein as an economic, scientific and cultural region beats here. Kiel is the seat of the Schleswig-Holstein federal state (Land) government and an important center for services and education. Almost three quarters of all the people employed work in these sectors. Federal authorities, organizations and service sector companies are based here. Expanding ports, cruise terminals, internationally recognized climate and marine research, a highly specialized navy and world-class water sports: Kiel lives with and from the sea.

Culture for Everyone
The people of Kiel and their visitors from all over the world enjoy and value a wide and varied range of cultural events in Kiel, and an intellectual climate characterized by openness, curiosity and productivity. Kiel has lots to offer here: Theater and opera, cinema and concerts, musicals and choirs, galleries, museums, botanical gardens or cultural associations.

Festivals and events are a firm part of Kiel city life. In summer major performances take place at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Clubs and bars, cabaret and comedy enrich the night life. One of the major events venues in Northern Germany for concerts, spectacular guest performances and sports events is the Sparkassen-Arena. This is where THW Kiel plays its home games. The handball series champion has won the German national cup several times and triumphed in the Champions League, making it the most successful handball team in Germany.

Making the Impossible possible: the Kieler Woche
The highlight in the events calendar for visitors from all over the world and the people of Kiel alike, and always in the last full week of June, is Kieler Woche, the largest summer festival in Northern Europe. It began with a naval regatta in 1882. Today Kieler Woche is the largest sailing event in the world, which attracts more than 5,000 sailors annually from 50 countries on 2,000 yachts, dinghies and surfboards.

Every year more than three million visitors from all over the world enjoy the maritime atmosphere of KIEL.SAILING CITY, when around 100 windjammers and traditional sailing ships set sail to celebrate a summer festival on the sea.

Experience More in KIEL.SAILING CITY
Sailors from all over the world have good reason to know the capital of Land Schleswig-Holstein under its brand name KIEL.SAILING CITY. The Kiel fjord is the scene of numerous regattas every year, and not only during Kieler Woche. Thus for example the Volvo Ocean Race or the iShares Cup took place in Kiel. Numerous European and World Championships have been held on the Kiel fjord, even including the Olympic sailing events in 1936 and 1972. However, sailing in the Kiel fjord is not simply a matter of fame, points and cups. In Kiel the water and sailing form part of everyday life. In the nine marinas within the city area, there are more than 2,265 water and land moorings for yachts and dinghies.

Particular attention in Kiel is paid to the next generation of sailors. In the Camp 24|sieben sailing project, which is unique throughout Germany, they can sail directly on the shores of the inner fjord from May to September in dinghies, optimists and Skippi yachts with instruction from professional sailing trainers.

A Harbor with a City Center
Kiel is easy to reach: by motorway, by rail and of course by water. Every day huge passenger ferries from Norway and Sweden, such as the “Color Fantasy” and her sister ship “Color Magic” or the “Stena Line” moor up in the heart of the city and transform ferry trips into cruises. The harbor with a city entire is the starting point for well over 100 cruise ships a year. The conversion of the Ostseekai into a cruise terminal continuously attracts more luxury liners to the city. For this reason the Schwedenkai is being comprehensively extended and modernized. The locks of the North Sea–Baltic Sea canal – known internationally as the “Kiel Canal” – which flows into the Baltic Sea in Kiel, are the gateway to the most traveled man-made waterway in the world.

Navy with Tradition and Future
Since the Navy arrived in Kiel in 1865, it has stamped the “soul” of the city. Following Kiel’s upgrade to being the largest naval base in Schleswig-Holstein, the German Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces) have been a major employer here. Visits by international fleets, and not only during the Kieler Woche, underline Kiel’s significance as a port for the NATO alliance.

The name of Kiel as the home port is displayed on the stern of the Navy’s sailing training ship, the famous “Gorch Fock”. She travels all over the world as an “ambassador in white” for Germany, and has been in service for more than 50 years.

High-tech and Research from Kiel
Kiel is an educational location with prospects. The higher education establishments build on the wide-ranging educational offering in Kiel. Around 28,000 people study at the Kiel University (Christian-Albrechts-Universität), the University of Applied Sciences, the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design or the Wirtschaftsakademie. While undergoing structural change, Kiel consistently prioritizes future technologies, such as medical technology, biotechnologies, marine and environmental technologies, and is pushing ahead with the intermeshing of the economy and science in the science park attached to the University. New and innovative products are constantly being developed in Kiel. The players in the scientific sector want to develop Kiel’s profile as a science and research location of international significance.

Shipbuilding too has achieved the changeover from mass production to leading edge technology. High capacity shipyards such as ThyssenKrupp with Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG (HDW) are constructing modern types of ship, such as environmentally friendly double-hulled tankers, fuel cell powered submarines or elegant cruise vessels.

A brief Hstory of Kiel
In around 1233, Adolf IV, Count of Schauenburg, had his “Holstenstadt tom Kyle” constructed on the peninsula of one arm of the fjord, the present-day “Kleiner Kiel”. 1242 Kiel received its Town Charter. The stormresistant, natural deep water harbor was to become a base for trade throughout the Baltic Sea. Kiel in fact was a member of the Hanseatic League for more than 200 years from the end of the 13th Century. Nonetheless, the city on the fjord remained solely a regional center for a long time.

An important impetus was brought about by the University named after Duke Christian Albrecht, which Kiel received in 1665 and which sustainably influenced the intellectual climate of the city. The Russian Tsar Peter III was born in Kiel Castle. The city was under German and Danish rule. In 1848 Kiel was the scene of the so-called Schleswig-Holstein Revolt: the attempt to remove both dukedoms from the overall control of the Danish state. It was only in 1865 that this aim was achieved. For a short time, Kiel was under an Austrian governor, and then was annexed by Prussia.

The Navy Changed Kiel
For a long time Kiel was rather a modest little town. This changed rapidly when Kiel became the Prussian naval base in 1865 and the Imperial war port in 1871. The Navy was quickly followed by the dockyards, and the dockyards by the workers. Within a few years, Kiel grew into a major city. By 1900, Kiel had more than 100,000 inhabitants. By 1918, the population was to grow to 245,000, and after that to fall again substantially. Hardly any other German major city could show such statistical variations in population as Kiel.

At the end of the First World War, it was the uprising of sailors in Kiel which gave the signal for revolution in Germany. This led to the end of the Imperial Empire, and to Germany’s first democracy, the Weimar Republic.

The city suffered severely as a result of the consequences of the First World War, in particular the extensive dismantling of the Navy. The subsequent intensive program of rearmament under the National Socialist regime once again gave the city a strong orientation towards military production. In the Second World War, as a great military base and focus for armaments production, Kiel was a major target for Allied
bombers. After over 90 bombing raids, three-quarters of Kiel lay under dust and ashes.

New Beginning as a Federal Capital
In 1946, Kiel, under British occupation, became the capital of the new, autonomous German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. The population, including many refugees, rebuilt their city almost completely from nothing, following standards which were quite modern at the time. Thus in 1956 the Holstenstraße was created, which was one of the first pedestrian zones in Germany.

Kiel subsequently concluded eight official partnerships with European cities: Coventry (Great Britain), Gdynia (Poland), Kaliningrad/Königsberg (Russian Federation), Sovetsk/Tilsit (Russian Federation), Stralsund (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia), Vaasa (Finland), Brest (France).

Departure for Europe
Today these city partnerships are Kiel’s springboard to Europe. As part of the string of pearls formed by the major cities around the Baltic, Kiel wants to make use of the opportunities presented by this upwardly mobile region of Europe. The chances of this succeeding are good.

The sea reaches right into the heart of the city. The largest work of nature is the fjord, with its long banks and its beaches. The maritime view of the city, with the port installations, the giant passenger ferries and cruise ships, and the huge shipyard cranes – all of this is typical of Kiel.

Kiel has more than 234,000 inhabitants. The heart of Schleswig-Holstein as an economic, scientific and cultural region beats here. Kiel is the seat of the Schleswig-Holstein federal state (Land) government and an important center for services and education. Almost three quarters of all the people employed work in these sectors. Federal authorities, organizations and service sector companies are based here. Expanding ports, cruise terminals, internationally recognized climate and marine research, a highly specialized navy and world-class water sports: Kiel lives with and from the sea.

Culture for Everyone
The people of Kiel and their visitors from all over the world enjoy and value a wide and varied range of cultural events in Kiel, and an intellectual climate characterized by openness, curiosity and productivity. Kiel has lots to offer here: Theater and opera, cinema and concerts, musicals and choirs, galleries, museums, botanical gardens or cultural associations.

Festivals and events are a firm part of Kiel city life. In summer major performances take place at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Clubs and bars, cabaret and comedy enrich the night life. One of the major events venues in Northern Germany for concerts, spectacular guest performances and sports events is the Sparkassen-Arena. This is where THW Kiel plays its home games. The handball series champion has won the German national cup several times and triumphed in the Champions League, making it the most successful handball team in Germany.

Making the Impossible possible: the Kieler Woche
The highlight in the events calendar for visitors from all over the world and the people of Kiel alike, and always in the last full week of June, is Kieler Woche, the largest summer festival in Northern Europe. It began with a naval regatta in 1882. Today Kieler Woche is the largest sailing event in the world, which attracts more than 5,000 sailors annually from 50 countries on 2,000 yachts, dinghies and surfboards.

Every year more than three million visitors from all over the world enjoy the maritime atmosphere of KIEL.SAILING CITY, when around 100 windjammers and traditional sailing ships set sail to celebrate a summer festival on the sea.

Experience More in KIEL.SAILING CITY
Sailors from all over the world have good reason to know the capital of Land Schleswig-Holstein under its brand name KIEL.SAILING CITY. The Kiel fjord is the scene of numerous regattas every year, and not only during Kieler Woche. Thus for example the Volvo Ocean Race or the iShares Cup took place in Kiel. Numerous European and World Championships have been held on the Kiel fjord, even including the Olympic sailing events in 1936 and 1972. However, sailing in the Kiel fjord is not simply a matter of fame, points and cups. In Kiel the water and sailing form part of everyday life. In the nine marinas within the city area, there are more than 2,265 water and land moorings for yachts and dinghies.

Particular attention in Kiel is paid to the next generation of sailors. In the Camp 24|sieben sailing project, which is unique throughout Germany, they can sail directly on the shores of the inner fjord from May to September in dinghies, optimists and Skippi yachts with instruction from professional sailing trainers.

A Harbor with a City Center
Kiel is easy to reach: by motorway, by rail and of course by water. Every day huge passenger ferries from Norway and Sweden, such as the “Color Fantasy” and her sister ship “Color Magic” or the “Stena Line” moor up in the heart of the city and transform ferry trips into cruises. The harbor with a city entire is the starting point for well over 100 cruise ships a year. The conversion of the Ostseekai into a cruise terminal continuously attracts more luxury liners to the city. For this reason the Schwedenkai is being comprehensively extended and modernized. The locks of the North Sea–Baltic Sea canal – known internationally as the “Kiel Canal” – which flows into the Baltic Sea in Kiel, are the gateway to the most traveled man-made waterway in the world.

Navy with Tradition and Future
Since the Navy arrived in Kiel in 1865, it has stamped the “soul” of the city. Following Kiel’s upgrade to being the largest naval base in Schleswig-Holstein, the German Bundeswehr (Federal Armed Forces) have been a major employer here. Visits by international fleets, and not only during the Kieler Woche, underline Kiel’s significance as a port for the NATO alliance.

The name of Kiel as the home port is displayed on the stern of the Navy’s sailing training ship, the famous “Gorch Fock”. She travels all over the world as an “ambassador in white” for Germany, and has been in service for more than 50 years.

High-tech and Research from Kiel
Kiel is an educational location with prospects. The higher education establishments build on the wide-ranging educational offering in Kiel. Around 28,000 people study at the Kiel University (Christian-Albrechts-Universität), the University of Applied Sciences, the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design or the Wirtschaftsakademie. While undergoing structural change, Kiel consistently prioritizes future technologies, such as medical technology, biotechnologies, marine and environmental technologies, and is pushing ahead with the intermeshing of the economy and science in the science park attached to the University. New and innovative products are constantly being developed in Kiel. The players in the scientific sector want to develop Kiel’s profile as a science and research location of international significance.

Shipbuilding too has achieved the changeover from mass production to leading edge technology. High capacity shipyards such as ThyssenKrupp with Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG (HDW) are constructing modern types of ship, such as environmentally friendly double-hulled tankers, fuel cell powered submarines or elegant cruise vessels.

A brief Hstory of Kiel
In around 1233, Adolf IV, Count of Schauenburg, had his “Holstenstadt tom Kyle” constructed on the peninsula of one arm of the fjord, the present-day “Kleiner Kiel”. 1242 Kiel received its Town Charter. The stormresistant, natural deep water harbor was to become a base for trade throughout the Baltic Sea. Kiel in fact was a member of the Hanseatic League for more than 200 years from the end of the 13th Century. Nonetheless, the city on the fjord remained solely a regional center for a long time.

An important impetus was brought about by the University named after Duke Christian Albrecht, which Kiel received in 1665 and which sustainably influenced the intellectual climate of the city. The Russian Tsar Peter III was born in Kiel Castle. The city was under German and Danish rule. In 1848 Kiel was the scene of the so-called Schleswig-Holstein Revolt: the attempt to remove both dukedoms from the overall control of the Danish state. It was only in 1865 that this aim was achieved. For a short time, Kiel was under an Austrian governor, and then was annexed by Prussia.

The Navy Changed Kiel
For a long time Kiel was rather a modest little town. This changed rapidly when Kiel became the Prussian naval base in 1865 and the Imperial war port in 1871. The Navy was quickly followed by the dockyards, and the dockyards by the workers. Within a few years, Kiel grew into a major city. By 1900, Kiel had more than 100,000 inhabitants. By 1918, the population was to grow to 245,000, and after that to fall again substantially. Hardly any other German major city could show such statistical variations in population as Kiel.

At the end of the First World War, it was the uprising of sailors in Kiel which gave the signal for revolution in Germany. This led to the end of the Imperial Empire, and to Germany’s first democracy, the Weimar Republic.

The city suffered severely as a result of the consequences of the First World War, in particular the extensive dismantling of the Navy. The subsequent intensive program of rearmament under the National Socialist regime once again gave the city a strong orientation towards military production. In the Second World War, as a great military base and focus for armaments production, Kiel was a major target for Allied
bombers. After over 90 bombing raids, three-quarters of Kiel lay under dust and ashes.

New Beginning as a Federal Capital
In 1946, Kiel, under British occupation, became the capital of the new, autonomous German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. The population, including many refugees, rebuilt their city almost completely from nothing, following standards which were quite modern at the time. Thus in 1956 the Holstenstraße was created, which was one of the first pedestrian zones in Germany.

Kiel subsequently concluded eight official partnerships with European cities: Coventry (Great Britain), Gdynia (Poland), Kaliningrad/Königsberg (Russian Federation), Sovetsk/Tilsit (Russian Federation), Stralsund (Germany), Tallinn (Estonia), Vaasa (Finland), Brest (France).

Departure for Europe
Today these city partnerships are Kiel’s springboard to Europe. As part of the string of pearls formed by the major cities around the Baltic, Kiel wants to make use of the opportunities presented by this upwardly mobile region of Europe. The chances of this succeeding are good.

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