Kiel central station is the second largest station in Schleswig-Holstein and starting point for trips to Hamburg, Lübeck, Flensburg and Husum. It is located directly at Kieler Förde and a few meters away from the ferry pier to Göteborg and Oslo. The station is a railway terminus with a three-naved station hall. Between 1999 and 2006 was the station redesigned and modernized. The old emperor staircase in the eastern part of it was rebuilt, too.