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Cuxhaven, Germany

Ships enter the Kiel Canal at the mouth of the mighty Elbe River, on whose south bank sits the resort town of Cuxhaven. The Kugelbake there is a famous 30-meter-tall (100-foot-tall) wooden navigational tower that looks like a quirky sculpture. The...

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Just a stone’s throw off the Kiel Canal and a few miles up from its southern entryway, the Kudensee is a small steppe lake whose reed belts and gray willows harbor shorebirds such as bitterns, waders and green plovers. Its surrounding...

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25767 Albersdorf, Germany

Just off a broad curve in the Kiel Canal, Albersdorf is an important Stone Age site whose wooded areas are packed with raised tombs built between 3400–2900 B.C.E. The open-air cultural park and archaeology museum in the old train station...

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Fourteen ferry crossings can be found along the length of the Kiel Canal, including one at the bucolic town of Oldenbüttel where the Gieselau Canal enters the larger Kiel. The quaint ferry named Audorf, with its small pilot’s house,...

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Strandstraße 92, 24235 Laboe, Germany

At the entrance to the Kiel Fjord, a 72-meter-tall (236-foot-tall), brick-clad monument soars over the water. Built in the '30s to honor Imperial German sailors and inaugurated by Hitler, the Laboe Naval Memorial was left untouched by the Allies....