Emden is primarily known in Germany as the "capital" of the region East Frisia and for its most famous son, comedian Otto Waalke, who frequently alludes to his East Frisian heritage. While Emden does have a somewhat important harbor, it is a rather small city in a mostly rural area and struggled economically in the early 2010s. Besides the harbor and a big Volkswagen car plant the main economic draws in the area are tourists who pass through on their way to Borkum and the production and sale of windmills for the generation of energy.
- 1 Emden Hauptbahnhof. The main station, for easy access to the city
- 2 Bahnhof Emden Außenhafen. Next to the harbor where ships for Borkum leave.
A31 connects the city to the German Autobahn network.
- 1 Dat Otto Huus (Otto Waalkes' House), Große Straße 1, ☏ . Shop and museum of the German actor and comedian Otto Waalkes.
- 2 Leaning Tower of Suurhusen. The village church steeple in Suurhusen was a previous Guinness World Record holder for having the largest angle of unintentional tilt. It beat the Leaning Tower of Pisa by over a degree.
- Heerens Hotel, Friedrich Ebert Straße 67, ☏ . Free Wi-fi for guests. single from €77 double from €95, suite from €90 (one person) or €118 (two people).