Kiel is the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein and therefore also the seat of the German state parliament. Founded in the 13th century, the city has about 250,000 inhabitants today, ranking it amongst Germany's 30 largest cities. It is also the most northerly city in Germany.
Lying directly on the Baltic coast, Kiel Harbour is the economic gateway to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the Baltic states. The harbour is also of great significance to the Navy. The people of Kiel are particularly proud of their harbour, not least because it is the home of the famous Gorch Fock. Schleswig-Holstein's state capital is also where the Kiel Canal meets the Baltic Sea – the canal is the most heavily used artificial waterway in the world.
The region's tourism also benefits from the coastal location: Kiel's beaches, marinas and neighbouring towns along the Kiel Fjord attract many international visitors to the region. The Hanseatic city's handball team, THW Kiel, also plays in the Champions League.
Plenty of lines (32, 33, 61, 62, 501, 502, 901, 902, etc.) run from the main railway station to the station Holstenbrücke/Bootshafen, which is near to Holstenstraße. From this stop, it is only around 100 metres to the KERN office at 22 Holstenstraße.
From all directions, follow the signs to Fähren (ferries) and Hauptbahnhof (main railway station).
From Hamburg or Flensburg (A7/A215), turn right at the end of the motorway (A215/A7) towards Lübeck (B76/B404). From the B76, take the exit marked "Zentrum/Fähren" (centre/ferries) and head towards the centre. Continuing straight on, you will then reach the street Sophienblatt.
The main railway station is on your right-hand side. You can park here in the central bus station car park.
Turn right down Holstenstraße, which is parallel to Sophienblatt, and follow the road for around 800 metres (about a 10 minute walk) until you reach number 22 on the left-hand side of the high street. Or by bus via Bahnhof – Holstenbrücke/Bootshafen (main railway station – Holstenbrücke/boat harbour). See arrival by public transport.