Leer - A seaport town, 18 kilometres from the sea!
Location: Where the rivers Ems and the Leda converge
In Germany's north-west corner, close to the Dutch border, Leer has an enviable infrastructure of road, rail, and water networks that surround it. The A28 and A31 Autobahns cross north of the city, and the rail network traverses east to west through Leer from Bremen to Groningen. Bremen is home to the nearest international airport and is just an hour’s drive to the east. The surrounding landscape is crisscrossed with rivers and streams that aid the lush arable nature of the countryside.
Business: Home to 20% of Germany's merchant fleet
Leer's links to shipping have not been lost over the years, and many shipping companies retain offices and buildings in the town. Ideally located for business on the Dutch border and under 100 kilometres from the city of Bremen, Leer has many hotels in and around the town, offering business facilities for your use during your stay.
Culture: Take time out for tea
A visit to Leer will not be complete without taking part in the East Frisian speciality of the Tea Ceremony. The ritual is not simply something put on for tourists, but is a deeply rooted cultural practice amongst the region’s inhabitants. This 'Black Gold' can be experienced at the many tea shops within the town, but for a unique experience, the Leer Tea Academy will take you through the proper ritual of the Tea Ceremony and initiate you into their way of drinking their specialised teas.
Activities: Become part of a historical project
On your walk around the harbour and marina of Leer, you will find the steamship Prince Henry. Launched in 1909, this living piece of history has been undergoing restoration since 2003, and now welcomes people aboard to see the work that has been completed to bring it back to its original state. Get involved in the work by joining the 'Prince Henry Club' and become a part of the history of Leer. Perhaps take one of the first trips aboard the oldest twin screw passenger steamers in Europe that has rightly been awarded a Maritime Memorial status by the German government.