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“best view you can ever have”

Laboe Naval Memorial (Marine-Ehrenmal)
Ranked #2 of 52 things to do in Kiel
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Germany Kiel
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“best view you can ever have”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

After taking the stairs - and not the elevator - the great view is your reward for being sporty :-) You have a nice view to Falkensteiner Strand, Schilksee- the olympic sailing location in 1972 and you can see all ferries coming and going to Kiel port or Kiel Canal.

Visited August 2013
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“Nice experience!”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

The naval memorial tops the list of things to do in Kiel. So we headed there. The memorial actually is in Laboe which is about 16 kms from Kiel. You can take bus no 100 from anywhere in Kiel and it will get you to Laboe in about 30 mins. A 20 minutes walk along the promenade with very good view will get you to the submarine and the museum. There is a combined ticket for the submarine and the museum and costs about 25 Euros for entire family of four.
You would also be given an leaflet with English information for both the submarine and the memorial.
The submarine give you a good glimpse of what it was like to serve in a severely cramped space and what the life would have been aboard the U boats.
The museum is nice and very thought provoking especially when you look at the names and ages of the martyrs. It is no longer a statistic but a real human being who lost his life at a very early age! What a waste!!!

There is a very nice beach all along the promenade with plenty of things to do and with shacks all around serving drinks and food.
In my opinion the submarine and the museum is one attraction and should be treated as such.

Visited May 2013
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Chernivtsi, Ukraine
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“Unforgettable journey to Laboe”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

Really enjoyed the location and gorgeous view of Ostsee. The memorial impressed me a lot as the observation place on the roof did. Recommended!

Visited November 2012
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Hamburg, Germany
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“really interesting, but you need to be flexible”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

The Naval Memorial in Laboe consists of the stone monument and a submarine. That said, the Monument and its contents are worth the visit, well taken care of by friendly people and all in all very informative.
The reason why we visited though, was the submarine, which is the second part of the Navel Memorial. The U955 which is described in some detail, is 'parked' on the beach in front of a really nice view onto the baltic and some very busy shipping lines. One can enter the U-Boat through a door for a fee and see the interior of this amazing piece of engineering. Immediately you are reminded of the slight stature of seafaring submariners as the door is rather tight. It does get a bit wider inside, but one can't call it spacious. So, if you are a bit too short for your weight (like me), and taller than most seamen who travelled on submarines (like me), it gets a bit narrow and low inside this exhibit.
And then you try to go on from the crew quarters forward. But there is a hitch. you need to fit through a hatch that is round, very low to the ground you are standing on, and no more then 4 feet in diameter. When you are young(er) and fit that is no problem. But if you are over a certain age and have back problems, then it needs to be a life and death situation to get through this hatch. This was not one of those. We turned back having seen half the U-Boat, but even that was interesting enough to be worth the money. Again the people running this were very understanding but could have pointed out the situation about the hatch out before you go in. (on a sign maybe)

Visited September 2013
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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“Thought provoking”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

Due to a change in travel plans having had my ferry cancelled to Denmark from Harwich, I rescheduled and sailed to the Hook of Holland, my ultimate route to Norway allowing a short diversion to Kiel to see the WW2 U boat U995.
The U-boat is located in Laboe, a small seaside town North East of Kiel, the beach is sandy and has lots of rattan style beach hut/loungers – see attached photo.
Directly opposite the U-boat is a kiosk where you can buy either single or combined tickets for the U-Boat and Memorial, for both I believe I paid €5.50 for a joint ticket.
There’s parking next to the kiosk or further up the road towards the corner (payable).
For the U-Boat you receive a coin token and a single language leaflet explaining the history of the boat and the function of the various compartments as you walk through them.
The boat is above water and reached via stairs, the interior is accessed via circular and upright bulkhead doors so you will need to be fairly mobile to climb through.
The boat is in perfect condition, and saw post war service with the Norwegian Navy before being sent back to Germany, the constant smell of Diesel is a reminder of only one thing that all boat crews had to endure.
I’ve visited a lot of naval exhibits, the submarines are no different to the surface ships in having every possible space crammed with instruments and equipment – but in a more confined space.

This location and area is well worth a visit.

The kiosk also sells books and souvenirs and there are cafes etc. nearby.

Visited July 2013
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