Cycling holiday in East Frisia
Borkum, Norderney and East-Frisian
Emden – Norden – Jever – Emden
- National park Wattenmeer, windmills and lighthouses
- Boat trips included!
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km / day avg.
East Frisia and its islands are calling! Greet the sheep on the dykes as you pedal past on your bike. When the tide goes out, try a walk through the mud-flats or have a refreshing dip when the tide comes in. An introduction to the traditional niceties of an East Frisian Tea Ceremony is a must, and then you can have a go at shelling prawns and simply enjoy the view from a lighthouse. On your cycling holiday in East Frisia you will be cycling along the North Sea coast and will be able to take trips to the islands of Borkum and Nordeney. You'll learn what makes North Germany so special: its countryside and people, who have found a way to live comfortably with each other – not without developing a number of very endearing characteristics.
- Booking Code
- Start / Destination
7 days / 6 nights
approx. 180 km + island tours Borkum and Norderney
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between 55 and 65 km, Ø 60 km
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Emden
The town had a bad reputation as pirate stronghold in the middle ages until the pirates were smoked-out by the inhabitants of Hamburg. The industrialisation of the Ruhr Region, for which Emden was and is an important harbour, caused the town to flourish economically. Today the region has first class cultural facilities to offer, such as the art gallery which was donated by Henri Nannen.
Day 2: Excursion to the Island Borkum
A boat will take you to the largest of the East Friesian islands. The inhabitants used to make a living from stranded goods and occasional piracy, but from the 17th century on whaling supplied a certain wealth. Nearly 30 kilometres of best sandy beaches ensure bathing fun and cyclists can explore 130 kilometres of cycle paths, a tour of which can be completed by a trip on the narrow gauge railway.
Day 3: Emden – Norden, approx. 55 km
This tour will take you through the Krummhörn. Typical for this region are the Warfen villages, the many windmills and the lighthouses. Greetsiel remains an important crab-fishing port up until today. You should definitely try prawn peeling yourself. You will then cycle further along the Ley Bay, where, with a bit of luck, you will be able to see seals and then reach the wadden sea.
Day 4: Excursion to Norderney island
The ferry will take you from Norddeich to Norderney, the youngest island, on which the first sea swimming pool was opened in 1797. The bicycle is the perfect vehicle to explore the beauty of this island before returning to Norden. Alternatively you cyle along the coast and the national park Wattenmeer oder visit the seal-station in Norddeich.
Day 5: Norden – Jever, approx. 65 km
Today you will be cycling on main land once again and you will have the opportunity to see what is probably the most beautiful moated castle in East Friesland. Through this expansive marshland you are on your way to the former capital town of Esens and then on to the small town of Wittmund and its unique brick buildings. You'll sleep well in Jever especially if you have tried the beer made here of the same name!
Day 6: Jever – Emden, approx. 60 km
Why not take a break in Aurich, the secret capital of East Friesland. The castle, the modern Sous-Tower, the Pingelhus and the windmill Gallerieholländer are outstanding architectural monuments. Water sport enthusiasts and cyclists will appreciate the Ems-Jade Canal which connects Wilhelmshaven and Emden, along which one can cycle from Aurich to Emden, without hardly ever seeing a car.
Day 7: Individual departure or extension of stay
After breakfast your cycling holiday in East Frisia comes to an end. Individual departure back home. If you wish we can extend your holiday in Emden.