Kieler Woche Festival (The Kiel Week or Kiel Regatta), is a 136 year old sailing event (claimed to be the biggest regatta in the world), and, after Oktoberfest, the largest public gathering in Germany. More than 3 million people come every year to watch the regatta and enjoy countless exciting events throughout the city.
The main program includes competitive races among different classes such as smaller and larger boats or single man and crews. The organizer expects representatives from more than 70 nations.
Most of the ship races start at the Olympic Harbor of Schilksee which is also the center for most sporting activities. Schilksee is located outside of the central part of the city, and most sailing competitions take place further offshore; only some races, mainly of smaller boat types, can be viewed from land, namely from along the Kiellinie on the west coast of the Bay of Kiel.
Together with the competitive part, visitors will be able to get pleasure from the Tall Ships parade (Windjammer Parade) with more than 100 ships and yachts bringing even more excitement to the whole nautical agenda.
The impressive number of 2000 sailing, cultural, music, entertainment, politics, industry, science, and sport events creates a unique experience in the middle of the summer in Germany for both children and adults. At least 300 concerts with live music and DJs will be organized for music lovers with stages set up all over the city. Guests from theater companies from all over the world will perform. In one word, the whole city will be immersed in the Kieler Woche and you will feel the vibe no matter what you decide to do.