Borkum is the westernmost and with 31 square kilometer the largest of the seven inhabited German East frisian islands. Parts of the island and the adjacent wadden sea belong to a national park also being UNESCO world natural heritage.
The kitebuggy area is on the north-westerly side of the island.
Borkum can be reached by car ferry from Emden/Germany (ferry time 2 h 15 min) or from dutch habour Eemshaven (50 min). Satnav info:
Ferry habour Emden:
Zum Borkumanleger 6, 26723 Emden
Ferry habour Eemshaven:
Borkumkade 1, 9979 XX Eemshaven
Though there is also a fast catamaran ferry from Emden, this is only for foot passengers. Larger luggage like a kite buggy cannot be taken onto the catamaran but only onto the car ferry (which can also be used as foot passenger of course).
If you want to go by car/van/Camper to Borkum, you should book in advance:
Service-Center AG EMS, Emden
Zum Borkumanleger 6
Tel.: 01805 180182
(14 ct.min. German landline or 42 ct./min. from mobile)
Reservation service Eemshaven NL: Tel. 0031 596 513191
Useful ferry information
Taking the ferry from Eemshaven/Netherlands is slightly cheaper than from Emden and also the shorter ride, even if Emden might be faster to reach when coming from East.
The car ferries can be used by cars up to large camping trailers or cars with trailer, though it's getting more expensive the longer and the higher you go. However, the car ferries can also be used as foot passenger and you will be allowed to tow a kitebuggy with your equipment onto the ferry. Towing a buggy onto the ferry will be charged from 24 € (Eemshaven) to 28.50 € (Emden), which is for both ways.
Arriving Borkum habour as foot passenger, you can take the island train (included in ferry ticket) that also has a luggage waggon for your kite equipment.
Car driving limitations Borkum
Car driving on Borkum is limited: There is a red and a blue zone:
Within the red zone, cars are not allowed during season, so also not during our event. If you are arriving by car and your destination is within the red zone, you will get a permission (at the ferry) to drive within the red zone only on your arrival and departure day. In this case, we recommend to park your car or trailer during the event at the marked parking ground shown in this event map.
Within the blue zone cars are not allowed in the night, from 09.00 pm to 07.00 am.
Please stick to these rules, they are controlled thoroughly and disregarding will result in monetary fines.
Outside of these zone, cars are allowed. However, please avoid traffic on the island!
Passing over to Borkum as foot passenger, you can park your car at the parking grounds available in Emden and Eemshaven directly near the ferries. However, the parking grounds will be charged from 3.80 €/day in Emden to 4.50 €/day in Eemshaven.