Moin, moin! Welcome to East Frisia

Emden Youth Hostel can be found in an idyllic setting right next to the Kesselschleuse lock within the medieval town fortifications. On request, school groups and families can spend the night in genuine lock servants' quarters - newly renovated and right by the water. The centre of Emden is just 15 minutes away on foot. Explore the area by bike, canoe or Canadian canoe. The open-air pool is just next door, while the East Frisian Islands are virtually on your doorstep. The birthplace of actor Otto Waalkes, the town of Emden is also a paradise for art lovers. Be amazed by the Classical Modern artworks at the Kunsthalle Emden. Live like the lock servants once did - only in more comfort: Since 2011, our completely restored "Schleusenknechtehaus" ("lock servants' quarters") has been available as accommodation for our guests. With 36 beds, it's ideal for school groups and families. Located in the immediate vicinity of our main guest house, it is also right next to the only round lock of its kind in Europe. What's more, expect a great view, as views of the water are guaranteed!
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Opening hours

4.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Closing time

Prices 2023

B&B from Half board from Full board from
€ 34.70 € 37.70 € 39.70

The Youth Hostel is in an idyllic setting by the Kessel lock (the only round lock of its kind in Europe) within the old city fortifications. The town centre is some 15 minutes away on foot. The Youth Hostel's lovely surroundings can be discovered by bike or by boat. The East Frisian Islands are right on your doorstep. Next to the Youth Hostel is the "Van Ameren" public swimming pool.

94 beds in rooms with between two and six beds, all of them equipped with washing facilities, 2 group/dining rooms, disco, canoe and bike hire, table tennis and table football. Sleep in the "Schleusenknechtehaus".
Emden Youth Hostel is getting bigger; just nearby we offer lovely accommodation that is perfect for school groups and families.
Right next to the only round lock of its kind in Europe, since April 2011 we have had 36 beds available in the former"Schleusenknechtehaus" ("lock servants' quarters"), which has been fully renovated. Perfect for a school class with supervisors.
Information and booking: Emden Youth Hostel, tel. +49 (0)4921 23797

Click here for a floor plan of the top floor of the "Schleusenknechtehaus" ("lock servants' quarters")

Click here for a ground floor plan of the "Schleusenknechtehaus" ("lock servants' quarters")

Room Floor space
Max. number of participants
  • cinema
  • parliament
  • block
  • U-shaped block
    U-shaped block
  • circle
Floor Rent per day off
Tagungsraum 1 37 sqm 30 17 20 17 16 1 € 70.00
Tagungsraum 2 37 sqm 30 17 20 17 16 1 € 70.00
Tagungsraum 1+2 75 sqm 60 - - - - 1 € 120.00
Conference equipment

DVD player, flip chart, internet access (WiFi), multi-function board, pin board, presentation case, projector, screen

Built near the water's edge – and loving it!

There's always something going on in East Frisia's biggest town. At least as good a feast for the eyes as the Kunsthalle Emden - the art museum founded by STERN magazine founder Henri Nannen - is the surrounding region, which you can explore at leisure by bike or boat. Prepare to be amazed!

Sightseeing and excursions

  • Boat trips to the East Frisian Islands
  • "Lower Saxon Wadden Sea" World Heritage Site
  • Take a ferry to Borkum, Delfzijl, Heligoland, Ditzum or Aurich
  • Visit Holland
  • Papenburg "Meyer Werft" shipyard: A place where gigantic holiday dreams are born
  • Beach (unsupervised) at the "Knock/Rysumer Nacken"
  • Surfing on the Ems, the "Mahlbusen" basin at the Knock, Hieve lake (also known as "Kleines Meer"), the Großes Meer and the Uphuser Meer