biggest city in East Friesland, Lower Saxony, Germany

Emden is a city in Lower Saxony, a state in Germany.

City hall Emden
and museum ship "SAR Georg Breusing"


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.

Get inEdit

By trainEdit

Emden sees regular hourly train service from Bremen. There is also Inter-City service from further away with direct service to/from Cologne and Leipzig among others.

  • 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.    

By carEdit

A31 connects the city to the German Autobahn network.

By planeEdit

If you are arriving from farther away, Bremen (BRE IATA), Groningen (GRQ IATA) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS IATA) are your best bet.

By boatEdit

AG EMS runs ferries to Borkum and a couple of other places. The ferry to Borkum is able to carry cars.

Get aroundEdit


  • 1 Dat Otto Huus (Otto Waalkes' House), Große Straße 1, +49 4921 22121. 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, +49 4921 23740. Free Wi-fi for guests. single from €77 double from €95, suite from €90 (one person) or €118 (two people).

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