Dornum is a village and a municipality in the East Frisian district of Aurich, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated near the North Sea coast, approx. 15 km east of Norden, and 20 km north of Aurich.


Coat of arms
Location of Dornum within Aurich district
Coordinates: 53°39′N 7°25′E
StateLower Saxony
Subdivisions8 districts
  MayorMichael Hook (Ind.)
  Total69.32 km2 (26.76 sq mi)
0 m (0 ft)
  Density64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes0 49 33,
0 49 38 (Sielrott, Westdorf)
Vehicle registrationAUR

Division of the municipality

A few towns of Dornum are: Neßmersiel, Dornumersiel, Nesse, Roggenstede, Westerbur, Westeraccum, Schwittersum.

Notable places

Dornum is home to the Lutheran St. Bartholomaeus Church. Bartholomaeus church contains an organ built by Gerhard von Holy. The organ is now considered a national treasure. Dornum also houses the only surviving building of a synagogue in East Frisia.

The receiving terminal for gas through Europipe I and II lies at Dornum. The gas is transported on from here through a 48-kilometre pipeline to Emden for quality and volume metering. From here the gas is routed to customers’ gas grids. The Czech Republic and Austria receive gas through Europipe II at Dornum. The Czechs take over the gas here for onward transport via the German St Katerina gas grid, at the German-Czech border. Austria takes over the gas at the German-Austrian border at Oberkappel.

Notable residents

Miene Schönberg (later known as Minnie Marx), was born in Dornum in 1865; she was the mother of the Marx brothers. Her brother Al Shean was likewise born in Dornum in 1868.


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