Hotel Alte Werft

Papenburg and surroundings

Ideal starting point for excursions

Situated directly on the Ems, Papenburg is the ideal starting point for excursions of all kinds. Discover the history of Papenburg 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 city of Papenburg take place in our forum every year.


Whether you’re planning a trip to a barefoot park, want to visit a museum, or want to try something new like a guided alpaca tour, we’ve put together some excursion tips for you.

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Luftbild Papenburg

Excursion destinations that can be reached on foot or by bicycle:

Brigg Friederike

Papenburg Maritime Museum - along the main canal

Maritime world of experience

Hier erfahren Sie alles zur Geschichte Here you can find out everything about the history of Papenburg


Discover the former settler life in Papenburg

Visitor centre Meyer Werft

Marvel at sea giants and an imposing shipyard

Gut Altenkamp

Marvel at the pleasure garden and the manor house in Aschendorf

City park Papenburg

One and a half kilometre long walk with watercourses, canals, bridges and much more.

Meyers Mill

Traditional Meyers Mill on the main canal.

Excursion destinations that can be reached in less than 30 minutes by car:

Fortress Bourtange

Unique Bourtange Fortress in the Netherlands!

Miniaturland Leer

1,500 sqm miniature landscapes in 1:87 scale

Schloss Evenburg, Leer

Unique cultural monument with English park

Fortress Leerort

Visit the largest East Frisian land fortress from the 15th to 18th century

Old Town Leer

Discover the beautiful old town of Leer

Museum harbour, Leer

Visit lovingly restored ships

Wippingen windmill

Besichtigen Sie die Mühle mit Visit the mill with parish garden and museumund Museum

Thousand-year-old linden tree, Heede

Germany's largest, and Europe's thickest linden tree.

Excursion destinations that are less than a 60-minute drive away:

Surhuusen church tower

One of the most leaning church towers in the world


Animal and Leisure Park Thüle

Rides, animals, adventurous playgrounds.


Countryside experience Westerstede

Spaß für die ganze Familie und ein riesiges Abenteuer!


Barefoot Park Harkebrügge

Unique experience for your feet!


Delfzijl Museum Aquarium

Discover the inhabitants of the North Sea and the Wadden Sea.

East Frisian State Museum

Unique art and cultural history collection on almost 3,000 sqm.

Clemenswerth Castle, Sögel

Baroque hunting lodge with spacious castle grounds

Hüven mill

Historic mill from the middle of the 16th century.

Excursion destinations that can be reached in more than 60 minutes by car:

City of Groningen

Groninen is always worth a visit, especially on market days

Otto Huus, Emden

The somewhat different museum of comedian Otto Waalkes

Automobile and Toy Museum, Norden

For all big and small automobile fans

Moor Museum Moordorf, Aurich

Discover the origins of the 200-year history of the development of an East Frisian moor colony

Pilsum Lighthouse

Or also "the Otto Tower

Greetsiel seaside resort

Picturesque coastal village with fishing harbour

Cloppenburg Museum Village

More than 50 buildings on a 15-hectare museum site

East Frisian Tea Museum, Norden

Everything about tea, with guided tours and tea-tied