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Opening Hours of Kiel University at Christmas and New Year 2019/20

Unibibliothek zur blauen Stunde
© Bernadette Grimmenstein

The service, cultural and sports facilities of Kiel University (CAU) are open at Christmas and between the years as follows:

Student Service

The student service desk in the foyer of the high-rise building is open for the last time this year on December 19 from 10:00 to 12:00 and closes from December 20 to January 1. On January 2, the counter will be open from 10:00 to 12:00.

The Student Service is responsible, among other things, for application and admission to studies as well as enrolment, re-registration, leave of absence and exmatriculation.

Central Student Advisory Service

The Central Student Advisory Office closes from December 23 to January 3. From Monday,January 6, counselling hours will again be offered during the regular opening hours.

The Central Student Advisory Service advises pupils, prospective students and students on all aspects of their studies. In personal meetings, concerns are taken up, decision-making is promoted and information is provided, for example, on the following topics:

  • Study and career orientation
  • Decision making: Study or vocational training?
  • Studying with disabilities/chronic illness
  • study organisation
  • change of subject
  • reorientation

University Library

The Main Department with all study areas and the Medical Department are closed from December 21 to January 1.

The Engineering Library will be closed from December 21 to January 1.

The Special Libraries are usually closed between Christmas and New Year. The individual opening hours can be found online:

Sports Centre, FiZ and indoor swimming pool

The University Sports Centre and the indoor swimming pool are closed from December 23 to January 5. The University Sports Office will be closed from December 20 and will open its doors again on January 6, as will the Sports Centre and the indoor swimming pool.

On January 2 and 3, only sport students in arrangement with the Institute of Sport Science receive entrance to the sport halls from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The opening hours of the Fitnesszentrum (FiZ) are as follows over the holidays and the turn of the year: The FIZ is open from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on December 24 and closed on December 25. On December 26 you can use the offers from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. From December 27 to 30, the FIZ is open on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on December 31 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. On January 1, the area remains closed.

Museums and collections

The Kunsthalle zu Kiel and the Collection of Classical Antiquities will be closed on December 24. On December 25 and 26, the exhibitions can be visited from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The regular opening hours apply from December 27 to 30. The Kunsthalle and the Collection of Classical Antiquities are closed on December 31 and January 1.

The Botanical Garden is open on all Christmas holidays, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The greenhouses are open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Zoological Museum will remain open from December 21 until to 3:30 p.m. It is closed until January 1.

The Geological and Mineralogical Museum is closed from December 21 to January 5.

The Medical and Pharmaceutical History Collection is closed from December 24 to January 1.


The CAU wishes all students, employees and researchers a happy holiday season and a good start into the year 2020!

Andrea Schlüter

Press, Communication and Marketing Services
Department for Press, Digital and Science Communication