Family holidays in emsland – no day like the other

Family holidays in Emsland – our highlights

The Easter holidays are approaching in big steps, time that can be used very well to take advantage of the beautiful corners of our country on a spontaneous getaway. A region that I did not know so well until last summer was the Emsland in northwestern Germany. An ideal family and excursion area, which due to its numerous possibilities is ideal for a spontaneous Easter holiday, because you have great opportunities to have fun together, no matter what the weather.

On the road in sunshine – on land and on water

Easter with mild temperatures and sunshine, that would be more than desirable. Then get on the bike, because the Emsland is above all a cycling country. Numerous bike paths and long-distance cycle paths allow you to immerse yourself in nature and landscape. On the bike, I did not want to miss out on an Emsland vacation. If you can not take one, you can also rent a bike on site. There are numerous rental stations in Emsland.

Also a great way to enjoy nature and tranquility is a canoe trip on the Ems or one of the smaller tributaries. We tried canoeing here in the Emsland for the first time and were thrilled with this family outing. The technique we had (more or less) quickly out and I was surprised how much fun that makes.

Pure Culture

Anyone who prefers culturally rather than sporty is well advised to take a trip to the Netherlands. Here you will discover the star-shaped fortress of Bourtange, or you can visit Vincent VanGogh in his former home for a little visit and be guided through his world. A very exciting affair for art lovers and those who want to become one.

Where fairies are suddenly black peat lumps

In good weather and not far from the Van Gogh house is the Veenpark. Veen has nothing to do with fairies here, as my son first suspected (“Mama, you do not seriously think that I’m coming to such a boring fairy fairytale park ?!”), but with peat.

The open-air museum has set itself the task of bringing visitors closer to the time of the peat cutters in Drente. Highly recommended and an entertaining journey through time in the working and living conditions of 100 years ago. Whether by train to the moor or on the canal a small boat trip, the possibilities here to explore the terrain, are diverse. For children there is a large playground and also a lot to discover. A park for all ages!

Where the big pots emerge and travel dreams are born

During a visit to the Emsland, a visit to the Meyer shipyard should not be missed. Here, the big cruise ships such as the Quantum of the Seas or the Norwegian Escape are built, which should later provide thousands of vacationers great cruise holidays. What stations such a ship passes through, from planning to disembarkation, you can experience up close. As part of a guided tour, you will learn from the beginnings of the shipping company until today interesting facts from the history of the company.

One can look at models of ships already delivered and, of course, admire the current creation process of a new cruise giant. These dimensions are difficult for laymen to capture, it’s just amazing how much design power is in such a ship and what are the dimensions. You just have to experience it yourself. My tip: Reserve the tickets online beforehand, so that you really have a place to guide. The tickets are then picked up at the tourist office at the town hall. By bus it goes from there to the shipyard and back again.

Paper homemade

The highlight of my daughter was the paper workshop in Dörpen. We went here without the boys who needed a little break that day. The employee leads us through the rooms. This morning we are the only guests here. He explains how paper used to be made and draws a line to today’s production. Afterwards we are allowed to become creative ourselves and to design paper according to our own wishes. There are several starting liquors available – in addition to recycled paper we are even allowed to produce paper from old jeans. Of course, every piece of paper will be given an individual watermark after being scooped. While the paper is still drying, my daughter uses the printing workshop for the design of personal picture postcards. We spend several hours here and had a lot of fun, which was ultimately due to the care of the employee who was with a lot of heart and soul in the matter.

Off to the springs

After so many experiences, one is glad in the evening, when one can let oneself fall into the feathers. We stayed at the youth hostel Lingen.

Lingen is located in the southern part of the Emsland, from here everything is very easy to reach.
The hostel itself is excellent as an energy youth hostel and works very climate-friendly – but only marginally.

The entrance of the youth hostel Lingen

Our stay here was very adventurous, which was not least because of the other visitors. We’re playing a round of miniature golf as a man comes to us with the words, “If someone is screaming for help and bleeding around the corner, please do not help!” We look confused as he explains, “We Do a fire drill here with the young people! “. It will not be boring here! If no “seriously injured” cause excitement, you can go for a spin around the lake (swimming is not officially allowed here), try one of the streetball baskets, play table tennis or skate down the halfpipes with a skateboard. Sporty, the hostel has a lot to offer.

The rooms are as usual in a youth hostel, functional, but already spacious. The food was very good. The lunch and dinner were delicious and balanced.

By bike you drive from the hostel in about 20 minutes to Lingen. Here you can explore the old town on the trail of the Kievelinge.

And if not in the Easter holidays – in Emsland it is also beautiful at any other time of the year!

We stayed at the youth hostel Lingen.


Youth Hostel Lingen
Lengericher Str. 62
49811 Lingen / Ems
Tel: 0591 973060

Accommodation costs:

Families with children over 6 years pay 25,00 € / person for bed and breakfast. Half and full board can be booked. Adult single travelers pay a little more, for children under 6 years there is a discount.

Disclosure: We were invited by the Youth Hostels Northwest for an individual research trip to Lingen

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