Kiel Cruises, Germany
- Poke around the control room, bunks and torpedo tubes of the U-Boat U-995. This German submarine-turned-museum sits on a beach at the opening of the fjord.
- Try the city’s culinary delicacy, kieler sprotte. Sprats, similar to herrings, are smoked in a wood-burning oven, and traditionally eaten whole – bones and all.
- Dip into the boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants along Holstenstraße – Kiel’s car-free shopping mile.
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Germany’s second-largest city is a busy metropolis of art galleries, pavement cafés and long, tree-lined avenues. It’s actually the greenest city in the country, and its canals are criss-crossed by leafy parks and well-tended communal gardens. On this trip, you’ll enjoy a whirlwind driving tour of Hamburg’s headlining sights, as your guide fills you in on their facts and figures. Among the landmarks to look out for are City Hall, the St. Nikolai War Memorial Church, St. Michael's church, and a World War II artillery bunker that provided air-raid shelter for up to 18,000 people. You’ll also drive through the posh Jungfernstieg shopping area, the upmarket Aussen-Alster residential district, and the century-old Speicherstadt warehouse quarter, with its striking red-brick architecture. After the drive around the city, you’ll have a bit of free time to spend as you like. Browse the expensive boutiques, pull up a chair in a bar and sample a German beer, or stop for lunch and tuck in to a local speciality like bratwurst and dumplings.
Grand architecture and stunning scenery are top of the to-do list on this trip. You’ll start with a photo stop at the chateau-like Plon Castle, which is set on a hill overlooking a lake. Next, you’ll head down to the water’s edge at Fegetasche for a cruise across the water. You’ll travel across five different lakes which are surrounded by emerald-green forests. After you’ve snapped some pictures and returned to dry land, your driver will take you to the quaint town of Eutin – nicknamed the City of Roses. There’ll be time for a walk through the Baroque-inspired gardens of Eutin Castle, and you’ll get a wedge of free time to explore the town itself.
This tour has a musical undertone, as you combine Hamburg’s best bits with a snapshot of The Beatles’ musical breakthrough. You’ll board a coach to reach the city, and the driver will do a quick sightseeing lap to help you get your bearings. On the way, you’ll see the stark difference between the handsome Altstadt area and the neon-smothered Reeperbahn. You’ll stop at the latter of the two for a quick walking tour, which ticks off a statue of The Beatles and a club where they used to perform. It was the band’s gigs in Hamburg that first put them on the map, so the city’s got a real love affair with the Fab Four. Next, you’ll stop at a bratwurst stand for a snack, before heading to a pub or brewery for a taste of the local German beer to finish up.