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This self-guided walk of the Laboe Naval War Memorial and WWII Submarine U-955 museum ship starts directly from the main entrance and gift shop and is the perfect half-day shore excursion if your cruise is stopping off in Kiel, or you simply find yourself in Kiel for the day.

This tour of the Laboe Naval Memorial will provide valuable insights to truly enhance your experience and you’ll discover parts of the memorial you might never find on your own, including the flag room and model ship museum.


You’ll also learn about how incredibly tough the conditions onboard WWII submarines were through the eyes of a crew member, to give you an appreciation of fresh, clean air you never knew you had before.

Along the way, you'll also find out about the last German Kaiser’s impact on the city of Kiel, as well as learn about the rise and fall of the German Imperial and Nazi Navies, and how Kiel's sailors helped bring about the end of WWI and the German monarchy.

You can also look forward to:

• Taking in the incredible views and seeing all the way to Denmark from the observation deck on top of the tower.
• Sampling a fish roll by the sea - the favourite lunch of the locals.
• Learning about the construction of the Kiel Canal - the most used man-made canal in the world.
• Appreciating the sombre tomb-like reflection space dedicated to all those lost at sea.
• Exploring the WWII submarine and seeing the inner workings of the engine room, crew quarters and torpedo room.

Allow for 60 minutes plus any extra time you may want to stop and enjoy the sunshine on the neighbouring Laboe beach.

Please note the self-guided audio tour does not include the entrance ticket to the Laboe Naval Memorial or the WWII submarine.

You can purchase your tickets directly from the gift shop at the main entrance.

The Laboe Naval Memorial and WWII Submarine are located in  the resort town of Laboe which sits at the mouth of the Kiel fjord and is approximately 30 minutes from the Kiel city centre. 

This tour starts directly from outside the main entrance to the Laboe Naval Memorial. The address is 92 Strandstrasse, 24235, Laboe.

  • Our tours work offline and are the perfect way to explore at your own pace.

  • No schedule or large groups means you can start, pause, or restart the tour at any time. Or even listen from home with the virtual tour mode.

  • The tour audio will move with you as it uses your location to play the audio automatically at the right time and the right place so you can focus on your surroundings and enjoy the sights.

  • Directions are included so you won't get lost. However, if you do head off in the wrong direction an audio alert will be played and you can also follow the map to the next location.

  • No Data, Roaming or WiFi required. Simply activate location on your smartphone to begin.

  • Check out our FAQs for more information. 

FAQs AudioTour
  • What's the catch?
    There is no catch! Our Free Walking Tours really are free. We believe passionately in being able to share Kiel and its wonderful history and secrets with everyone. All tips however are appreciated.
  • Where does the tour start?
    Our Free Walking Tours start from right outside your cruise ship terminal. - the Ostseekai. Click here for more information.
  • Where does the tour end?
    Our Free Walking Tours end in the heart of Kiel's old town square - an area full of restaurants and shopping opportunities and an easy 10 minute walk back to the cruise ship terminal.
  • How can I find my tour guide?
    Your guide will be waiting for you directly outside the cruise ship terminal holding a Kiel Walking Tours sign. We promise you won't miss them, but if you're worried give them a call on +49 151 2678 9487.
  • Should I tip the guide?
    Our guides are commited to providing you with the highest quality tour. If you feel you've been on a great tour please feel free to tip your guide or leave a review on Tripadvisor or Facebook.
  • How fit do I need to be?
    Our tours are not fast-paced or anything like exercise. We make frequent stops to talk about landmarks and share some stories and secrets of Kiel. We take it pretty easy, and cover 3km (2miles) in 1.5 hours which makes our tours suitable for everyone.
  • What should I bring?
    Our free tours take 1.5 - 2 hours depending on the size and pace of the group so we recommend you have comfortable footwear. Our tours also run rain or shine so bring a jacket or umbrella if it looks like a rainy day.
  • Do I need to book?
    For your peace of mind you may prefer to book. Head over to our bookings page to confirm you place today.
  • Do you offer private tours?
    Yes, we do. Check out our exclusive private tours for more information or contact us with a request and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.
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