Kiel – Snow & Christmas Market

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All of Germany is covered in snow which includes Kiel, the capital of the furthest north German state Schleswig-Holstein. Kiel is not the most exciting city in the north and Lübeck is undoubtedly more popular with tourists. But I had more than one reason to go there🙂

The central station is connected with a shopping mall, a larger shopping centre is on the other side of the street. It’s nice if you have to wait for the train. Kiel Central Station is a so-called “Kopfbahnhof” (terminal, terminus). Trains have to stop there or reverse their direction. Frankfurt and Stuttgart are other popular examples of terminal stations in Germany, although there is construction underway to turn Stuttgart into a through station.

Kiel Shopping MallSince it’s the terminus, you can often get on the train twenty minutes before it’s leaving. That’s the case for regional trains leaving for Hamburg.

Like all German cities, Kiel has a Christmas market. Although you’ll likely not notice it as a tourist, there are only very minor differences between the Christmas markets in various German cities. There’s lots of Glühwein (glow vine, hot vine), Christmas stars, toys and gloves etc. Some markets vary by introducing a middle-age Christmas market.

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I think I’ve seen this carousel on every Christmas market!

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About Mattie

This is my personal blog expressing my love for traveling in Japan, Korea and other parts of the world. When I'm not studying languages or extending my camera collection, I write for computer and tech magazines. Check out my YouTube videos as well. All new posts including ones for older events will be announced on my Twitter account.

Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, in christmas, germany, kiel and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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