Hotel Alte Werft

Papenburg and surrounding area

Ideal starting point for excursions

Situated directly on the Ems, Papenburg is the ideal starting point for excursions of all kinds. Discover Papenburg’s history with a visit to the “Maritime Erlebniswelt” museum. Here you can learn how Papenburg became an innovative shipyard location and the oldest fehn colony.


An absolute must for your stay in Papenburg is a visit to the Meyer shipyard. Be impressed by an imposing shipyard and take a look at the sea giants being built.


An absolute highlight is the transfer of the cruise ships from the Ems to the North Sea, which takes place about three times a year.

Papenburg also has a lot to offer for active holidaymakers and nature lovers:


Numerous cycle paths, such as the Fehnroute, take you through nature all the way to the neighbouring Netherlands. Papenburg also has a lot to offer culturally – for example, numerous major events organised by the town of Papenburg take place here every year.


Whether you are planning an excursion to a barefoot park, would like to visit a museum, or would like to try something new like a guided alpaca tour, we have put together some excursion tips for you.

Directly in Papenburg

Luftbild Papenburg

Excursion tips

Bourtange Fortress

Unique fortress in the Netherlands

Otto Huus Emden

Dedicated to the well-known comedian Otto Waalkes

Wildlife Park Ostrittrum

Fun experiences in the wildlife park Ostrittrum

Watergate „Kesselschleuse“

The only 4-chamber-watergate in Europe

Alpaca Tour

Alpaca Tour East Frisia offers you special experiences


Meyer Shipyard Visitor Centre

A great guided tour of the Meyer Werft facility

Countryside experience Westerstede

Fun for the whole family and a huge adventure

Barefoot Park Harkebrügge

A unique experience for your feet

Old town of Leer

Discover the beautiful old town of Leer

Miniaturland of Leer

A day at Miniaturland with lots of fun