A Kieler Woche tagged image from photographer – Ted’s photos – Returns late February as published on Flickr.
2016 – Baltic Cruise – Kiel Germany – Silja Line
2016 – Baltic Cruise – Kiel Germany – Silja Line by Ted’s photos – Returns late February
A new day and the Zuiderdam is readying to dock in Kiel Germany as the Silja Serenade leaves port. Silja Line is a Finnish cruise-ferry brand operated by the Estonian ferry company AS Tallink Grupp, for car and passenger traffic
Its a busy port. Kiel has become one of the major maritime centres of Germany.
We are not going to visit the city but take a 1 hour train ride to Lubeck. The ship offered train rides to Hamburg but its too long a ride to make it appealing for us.
During the Second World War Kiel was severely bombed because of its submarine-producing shipyard.
Both civil and naval ships are being built in Kiel nowadays and tall cranes dominate the eastern shore of the Förde (fjord).
The bombing destroyed almost all historic buildings in Kiel; even the older looking buildings were built after WW2. So, if you come to the "Kieler Schloss" (Kieler Castle) don’t be disappointed. There isn’t much left of the original building. During the rebuilding after WW2, mostly modern architecture was used.
Water has been important to the history of Kiel and continues to be so. Be it the annual Kieler Woche or the fact that the German Navy used to be stationed here and still enjoys a major presence in the city.