Boats on the water during the "Kieler Woche"
22. to 30 June 2024

Kieler Woche

It is the largest sailing event in the world and also the largest summer festival in the north of Europe: Kieler Woche. The sailing and festival week takes place for ten days and is a world-class sporting event that ensures musical highlights, top-class cultural offers and plenty of fun for big and small. Far more than three million guests arriving from near and far are expected, who can look forward to more than 2000 events.

Having arisen from a large sailing regatta in 1882, Kieler Woche also offers sailing in its complete, fascinating bandwidth. From lasers and 49ers to naval cutters and traditional sailing vessels, right up to ORC yachts – at the largest sailing event of world, boats of almost all sizes start the race. Kieler Woche has long since become a mandatory event for international sailing professionals. About 4000 participants from more than 65 nations guarantee spectacular entertainment and stiff competition on Kiel’s fjord. In this regard, the maritime highlight is the traditional windjammer parade, with more than 100 tall ships and sailing ships.

Kiel is booked up for Kieler Woche well in advance. Therefore, you may want to book your hotel room early.

Ship tours for individuals and groups

Come on board a traditional sailing ship, paddle steamer or motor vessel and feel the magic of the maritime world of experience! There is a great selection of ships to choose from to ensure the right cruise at the right time. For short, day and evening cruises, romantic trips during a firework display, as well as the impressive windjammer parade, the right offer will surely also be found for you, your partner or group.

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The largest summer festival in northern Europe

However, Kiel’s special nine-day week has more on offer than world-class sailing sport: at the largest summer festival in northern Europe, visitors can expect to find numerous musical and cultural highlights. A large number of musical stages in the entire city region ensure finest entertainment, with more than 400 pop, rock and classic concerts.

With free admission to the Kieler Woche  “Hoftheater im Hiroshimapark”, children and adults can get their money’s worth. The international market offers a culinary revelation at the town hall square. And the “Spiellinie”, Germany’s largest open-air children’s cultural offer, invites the youngest Kieler Woche fans to come and play, build, listen, muck around and have plenty of fun.

The state capital Kiel extends a warm welcome to you. Come and be a part of the largest sailing festival on earth and the largest summer festival in northern Europe: Kieler Woche!


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Photos: © Kiel Marketing / K. Steigueber