About Kiel

Why should you come to Kiel for a GAP?

There are many reasons. First of all, because this GAP will become legendary, of course. But if you are interested in what else can be marvelled at in Kiel, then you can get a little insight here.

Kiel is located on the Förde. Ahoy! On the lousy 16 kilometres that the Kiel Fjord ("Förde" is what German speakers say) cuts into the Quaternary of eastern Schleswig-Holstein, you get everything that the sea can give you: Beach, swimming, surfing, sailing, fresh fish, cruise ships, kiting, submarines, harbour pubs and historic sailing boats.

Our ocean race is nowadays not least led by science. The University of Kiel - officially Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel - and Geomar - officially the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel - are at the international forefront. With our four working groups within the Institute of Geosciences, we in Geophysics cover almost the entire imaginable range of disciplines - from satellite geophysics to deep-sea seismics. We are quite proud of this and would like to enthuse you.

But Kiel is also the capital of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein with its parliament (of course with sea view), ministries and a lot of state authorities as well as the State Office for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (short: LLUR and holder of the Geophysics of the federal state) just around the corner in Flintbek. Located directly on the border between the two parts of Schleswig and Holstein, the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf was pleased to establish a university here in 1665. Christian Albrecht, who has been the name patron of the university ever since, thus succeeded in founding the second Danish university and the northernmost German university at the same time. Today, one likes this much border-crossing once again.

But: You have to get your drink by yourself in the Bermuda Triangle between Südfriedhof, the city centre and Holtenauer Straße. But it's simple. Because with crafted local beers, sake, chai and wine you will always find the right good company.

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