Papenburg, © Fotolia ©LianeM -
© Fotolia ©LianeM -


The city of Papenburg is situated in the northern Emsland region – East Frisia is just a stone’s throw away. Many aspects of this place are reminiscent of shipping and peat mining. 40 kilometres of canals with romantic bascule and swing bridges and anchored ships add to Papenburg’s very special charm.

Historic buildings, which have either been well maintained or lovingly restored, grace the cityscape. Culture lovers can look forward to a treat at the exhibitions and concerts held in the Gut Altenkamp estate and its 200-year-old Baroque garden. At the same time, modern high-tech companies such as MEYER WERFT are also worth visiting. The Papenburger Zeitspeicher visitor information centre provides insights into how the city was formed. If you would like to retrace the footsteps of Papenburg’s first settlers, then visiting the Von Velen Anlage (Von Velen open-air museum) is a must.

Cycling is one of the best leisure activities Papenburg has to offer. In addition to five major national bike trails, Papenburg also has a signposted 200 km network of bike paths.


Papenburger zeitspeicher - Mädchen auf Treppe, © Papenburg Tourismus/ Ute Müller
© Papenburg Tourismus/ Ute Müller

Papenburg Zeitspeicher Visitor Centre

The Papenburg Zeitspeicher Visitor Centre guides you through the town's history and sheds light on its current attractions. Explore the evolution of shipbuilding and navigation in Papenburg through…

Blick in das Besucherzentrum der Papenburger Meyer Werft, © Papenburg Marketing GmbH/ Michael Wessels
© Papenburg Marketing GmbH/ Michael Wessels

MEYER WERFT’s Visitor Centre

MEYER WERFT’s Visitor Centre: vivid exhibits, informative films and exciting guided tours offer a behind-the-scenes look at modern shipbuilding.

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Papenburg Marketing GmbH

Ölmühlenweg 21
26871 Papenburg
Phone: +49 (0) 4961 / 83960