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Emden Things to Do: 22 reviews and 34 photos

  Harbour cruise on flat boats
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  • Harbour cruise on flat boats - Emden
      Harbour cruise on flat boats
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  • Outdoor seats in the back, recommended for photos - Emden
      Outdoor seats in the back, recommended for photos
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  • Container vessel under construction - Emden
      Container vessel under construction
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  • In the docks for repair - Emden
      In the docks for repair
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  • New submarine at Nordseewerke shipyard - Emden
      New submarine at Nordseewerke shipyard
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The harbour of Emden is not as big as the one in, say, Hamburg. Anyway, when you are there doing a boat tour is worthwhile.

These harbour cruises are advertised as "tours from a duck's perspective". The boats are extremely flat so that they fit under the bridges. From this point of view close to water level, big ships, docks and cranes look even more impressive.

Hint for photographers: The majority of the seats is indoors behind windows and does not offer good photo options. There are about a dozen outdoor seats in the back of the boat which are much better (I got one of those). Try to get hold of one of those but take care. Since you sit a bit higher there, these require keeping your head VERY low when passing underneath the railway bridges!!

The harbour is an important part of Emden's economy and life and going by boat is the only way to see and understand it. Nordseewerke shipyard, the largest company in the port, seems to be balancing on the edge of bankruptcy every year until they get another big order and are on top of the world again. They build container vessels as well as war ships and submarines for the German military.

Directions: Boat tours depart from Delft, the old part of the harbour closest to the town centre and town hall where the museum ships are.
Website: http://www.emden-touristik.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40&Itemid=81&lang=en

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2009
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