Ostseekai Kiel – Cruise Terminal in the heart of downtown Kiel

The Ostseekai Kiel is a cruise terminal in the heart of downtown Kiel with three berths for passenger ships on the western side of the Kiel Fjord.

The Ostseekai, today mainly used by cruise ships, is the former Oslo-Kai, inaugurated in 1961 and was Kiel’s first major ferry port at the time. The ships of the Color Line to Oslo used to dock here and there was also a ferry connection between Kiel and Bagenkop on the Danish island of Langeland until the year 2000.

After the Color Line moved into the new terminal at the Norwegenkai on the eastern shore of the fjord near the Kieler Hörn, the Oslo quay was converted and expanded into a cruise terminal and later renamed the Ostseekai.

In March 2020, in the middle of the Corona crisis, a second terminal building for cruise passengers, Ostseekai 28, was completed.

The Ostseekai is Kiel’s most important cruise terminal and is regularly visited by various cruise ships, including AIDA, MSC, Costa, Mein Schiff and the Astor.

The Ostseekai is part of the Kiel city harbor and in turn part of the entire port of Kiel, also known as the Port of Kiel. The owner and operator of the Kiel commercial port is Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co. KG.

Kiel Week Concerts & Public Viewing at Ostseekai Kiel

During the Kiel Week, the NDR stage at the Ostseekai has been located in the parking lot of the Ostseekai in the immediate vicinity of the beginning of the Kiellinie. Numerous concerts take place here during Kiel Week. In addition, public viewing takes place here every two years during Kiel Week on the big screen when the German national soccer team is playing a World Cup or European Championship game.

Ostseekai Kiel at a glance

  • One of the most modern German cruise terminals in the Baltic Sea

  • Around 800,000 cruise passengers in 2019

  • 2 terminals and 2 berths, draft up to max. 9.5 meters

  • Quay lengths of 355m / 285m also suitable for very large ships

  • Kiel city center can be reached in a few minutes on foot

  • Location of the NDR stage at the Ostseekai during Kiel Week

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This is where the Ostseekai Kiel is located

The Ostseekai is located directly below the Kiel Castle between the Kiel Maritime Museum and the beginning of the Kiellinie, Kiel’s long promenade on the Kiel Fjord.

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