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.
You’ll wade through 1,000 years of history when you visit Lubeck. This russet-coloured city was one of the first German settlements on the Baltic coast and it’s crammed with interesting buildings. Your historical walk of the city begins at the Holsten Gate, one of Lubeck’s most iconic structures. The two round towers on either side of the gateway look like enormous beer tankards and the spires are shaped like witches hats. Next on the agenda is the redbrick St Marien Church and the Gothic City Hall 'Rathaus' known to be one of the oldest in Germany. As you continue your walk through Lubeck you'll understand why many buildings have made it onto the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. After a traditional German lunch, you'll have time at your leisure to visit the famous Marzipan Cafe, the city's confectioners are expects when it comes to making this sweet treat. On your return to the ship you'll have a glimpse of Lubeck's silhouette and some of its famous church spires.
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.