Kiel is approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) north o Hamburg. Due tae its geographic location in the north o Germany, the sootheast o the Jutland peninsula, an the soothwastren shore o the Baltic Sea, Kiel haes become ane o the major maritime centres o Germany. For instance, the ceety is kent for a variety o internaitional sailin events, includin the annual Kiel Week, which is the biggest sailin event in the warld. The Olympic sailin competitions o the 1936 an the 1972 Simmer Olympics wur held in Kiel.
Kiel haes an aa been ane o the traditional hames o the German Navy's Baltic fleet, an continues tae be a major heich-tech shipbiggin centre. Kiel is an important sea transport hub, thanks tae its location at the Kiel Fjord (Kieler Förde) an the busiest artificial waterway in the warld, Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal). A number o passenger ferries tae Swaden, Norrowey an ither kintras operate frae here. Moreower, today Kiel harbour is an important port o caw for cruise ships tourin the Baltic Sea.