The city of Emden – discover this charming seaside city
Emden is not only the largest city in East Frisia with beautiful nature and extensive coastlines, but it’s also got a lot of culture on offer. The city of Emden has numerous museums such as the Emden Bunker Museum, the East Frisia State Museum and Emden Art Gallery. Emden is the perfect place for anyone planning a relaxing holiday in East Frisia: The centre of Emden offers a relaxed flair, while its green surroundings make for countless opportunities for sports and outdoor activities. In addition, the city also offers plenty of mobility and modern features. B&B Hotel Emden is the ideal accommodation option for a holiday in Emden, so that your stay makes for an unforgettable time.
Digitisation is a current and important project in Emden, which is why the topic of smart cities plays a major role there. The city of Emden is considered a digital pioneer in northern Germany. The promotion of the “Smart City Emden – digital.green.family-friendly” contributes to this. With digital projects and strategies such as the Smart project, the Smart City Roadmap, the so-called IoT data platform and the implementation of sustainable citizens' initiatives, Emden is establishing itself as attractive and future-oriented. The city’s holistic concept demands smart administration and full broadband coverage. Smart tourism is also promoted: For example, there is the KEPTN digitisation roadmap, which was created through the cooperation of Stadtwerke Emden and gives information about the city's latest news and services. When it comes to smart cities and mobility, the city of Emden is at the forefront – experience a wealth of ideas in the city on your trip to Emden.
Emden sits at the mouth of the River Ems and has been an important trading centre for over 1000 years. In the 17th century Emden became one of the most important port cities in Europe. The Emden Wall was built at this time to defend the city. This quickly proved itself in the Thirty Years’ War by preventing enemy troops from advancing into Emden’s city centre. Today, there is a local recreation area with extensive green areas around the Emden Wall. A walk along the entire wall, or taking a moment to relax under the trees is particularly enjoyable on warm summer days. In the 19th century, the port of Emden was expanded and modernised. Even today the port still has significant economic importance for the city of Emden.
Soaking up the atmosphere and architecture of the city during a walk in the centre of Emden, you’re bound to be surprised. You can get a feel for the open-minded culture that characterises the city of Emden. Set between renaissance town houses, hip cafés invite you to unwind both here and on Pelzerstraße Street. The city walk also takes you to the oldest Evangelical Reformed church in northern Germany: Visit the New Church in Emden to experience some local history. In addition to relaxation, the Emden Wall has something special in store for you: a large, listed windmill. The so-called "De Vrouw Johanna" not only impresses fans of classic craftsmanship, but all visitors with its height of 24 metres alone. Another recommendation is the “paddle and pedal station”, which is located close to the mill. Here you can rent bicycles or canoes to explore the area around the Emden Wall.
The city of Emden has a wide range of cultural activities on offer. If you’re an art lover, don’t miss Emden Kunsthalle Art Gallery. The house sees itself as a “lively meeting place”. Projects and various exhibitions bring people and art together in a variety of ways. There are also lots of children's activities going on, so the visit is an experience for the whole family. Another exciting place is the Emden Bunker Museum, which authentically tells regional stories from 1933 to 1948. The location of the museum in a WWII bunker makes the exhibition even more atmospheric. If you’d like to learn more about the history of East Frisia and the city of Emden, we recommend a visit to the East Frisia State Museum. The Emden Matjestage Festival is a culinary insider tip. The event takes place in the inland port and Ratsdelft every May. Don’t miss the fishing festival, if you’re visiting Emden in spring!
You shouldn’t miss a trip to Großes Meer Lake during your East Frisia holiday. If you’re looking for relaxation and want to soak up the sun during the warmer months, you are in the right place at Großes Meer Lake. Großes Meer Lake also offers endless possibilities for active holiday-makers. You can discover the area on a hiking or cycling tour along one of the many signposted routes. The best way to explore the waterways is by paddle boat or pedal boat. Großes Meer Lake also offers kite surfers and sailors many options for a fun, active holiday. Water shapes the region around the city of Emden – including the Fehntjer Tief river. The river eventually flows into the Kesselschleuse cross locks. The Fehntjer Tief is particularly recommended for long bike rides along the shore, or for boat tours in flowing waters.
The easiest way to travel by car is via the A1 motorway (Hansalinie). Take the Cloppenburg exit in the direction of the city of Emden, or take the junction at Ahlhorner Heide via Oldenburg, then the A28 and A31 to Emden. From the south you take the A7, the A33, 31 and 30. Emden is very well connected to the public transport network, so it’s easy to take a pleasant journey by train. Emden Central Station is located right in the town centre, not far from B&B Hotel Emden. We recommend a train connection via Bremen Central Station, from which you can reach Emden Central Station in 1 hour and 45 minutes. The nearest major airports are Bremen, Münster/Osnabrück and Hamburg, so it’s easy to arrive by plane. Book B&B Hotel Emden and enjoy numerous features, such as free Wi-Fi, modern work areas and easy online check-in.