The independent city of Lingen (Ems) is one of the liveliest in Lower Saxony and sits on the Ems River. Nestled in the low foothills of this region surrounded by forests, it is close to the border with the Netherlands. Its location makes it a busy city with plenty of things for you to explore — and it attracts a lot of visitors!
Built up around its historic city core, you will find no end of tightly packed half-timbered and brick buildings crammed side by side through the tiny streets in the pedestrianized areas. The historic Rathaus on the Marktplatz has a pair of very ornate gabled staircases leading to its elevated entrance.
Next door is the timber framed old post house (now a restaurant), which is wedged alongside many brightly colored buildings lining the streets. There is a regular weekend market in Lingen, selling all sorts of fresh food and drink, as well as many festivals.
One of the best is the Old Town Festival in fall, and the Fair come to town at least twice a year inviting young and old to enjoy themselves! There is even the 3-yearly Kivelingsfest, which involves the whole city, where all is medieval again. Costumes abound during this fantastic re-creation and you can’t help but travel back in time with them!
If you fancy a bit of peace and quiet though, why not head west of Lingen to the waterways. The natural river Ems passes by; cascading through weirs and under bridges, while the nearby canal offers some delightful walks along the tow path. Watch the buildings light up as evening comes before heading back to town for a delicious traditional dinner in a local restaurant.
If you came here for the great outdoors you won’t be disappointed. To the north of town you will also find a 180 acre reservoir — the Speichersee Geeste. This huge area is very popular for recreational events on the water and along its banks. There is also a golf course, tennis courts, horseback riding schools, rowing, sailing and bowling arenas to keep you busy during the day.
Around Lingen, there are also many museums to visit, a music and art school as well as a huge number of music festivals, both inside and open-air for all ages and styles. As if you needed anything else to do here, there is also the extensive range of shops in the recently constructed shopping center for you to while away your afternoon.