Emden is a city of 50,000 people (2020) in Lower Saxony. The 1,200-year history of the city is closely linked to the seaport. The cityscape of Emden is characterized by 150 kilometers of canals and the typical brick buildings. The city can be explored very nicely by canoe or pedal boat ride from the water. For those who like it easy, there are harbour and canal cruises.
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 harbour, it is a rather small city in a mostly rural area and struggled economically in the early 2010s. Besides the harbour 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.
Alongside Geneva and Wittenberg, Emden was one of the most important sites of the Reformation in the 16th century. The baptism of 300 adults in an antechamber of the Great Church marked the beginning of the Anabaptist movement in north-west Germany and the Netherlands. The Synod of Emden (1571) was the first national synod of the Dutch Reformed Church.
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- 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.
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A31 connects the city to the German Autobahn network.
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- 1 Dat Otto Huus (Otto Waalkes' House), Große Straße 1, ☏ . Shop and museum of the German actor and comedian Otto Waalkes. The house itself is an attraction, with Waalkes' "Ottifant"-character appearing to burst through the brick wall. See also the nearby traffic lights with the character on them.
- 2 Mini-bahn Emden (Mini-dampfbahn). april-october: sundays, 10-17. Just by the train station, behind the full size steam locomotive, there is a miniature steam engine railway that is open on sundays. Even if it's closed, it is interesting to explore the tracks.
- 3 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).