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 has struggled economically in recent years. 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 in

By train

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.

By car

A31 connects the city to the German Autobahn network.

By plane

While Emden does have a small airport that accommodates general aviation as well as a limited number of flights mostly to the East Frisian islands. If you are arriving from farther away, Bremen (IATA: BRE) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (IATA: AMS) are your best bet.

By boat

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

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