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Enschede: the traditional and the modern

Enschede is the largest city in the eastern Netherlands, not far away from the German border. Visitors come for the shopping and nightlife, but also to experience the cultural diversity of the city.

  • Shopping, culture, nightlife - Enschede is a diverse place!
  • In Enschede, the traditional and the modern are in harmony.
  • The Twente region is known for its lovely scenery.

Enschede: sightseeing and activities

Enschede is a diverse place. You'll find the modern square here, Van Heekplein, where a market is held twice a week, and the historic Oude Markt, the nightlife district of Enschede. Take a journey back in time in the De Museumfabriek museum. And face the future in the modern Roombeek district, and the impressive cultural center, the Muziekkwartier.

  • The Rijksmuseum Twenthe invites you for a stroll through 800 years of art; paintings, manuscripts, sculptures, furniture and Delft porcelain from the Middle Ages to the modern era can be seen in the Rijksmuseum Twenthe.
  • Enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake at the Oude Markt in Enschede. And at night, soak in the exciting nightlife of the city.
  • The Roombeek district will captivate you with its modern and extraordinary buildings. If you're interested in Dutch architecture and inspirational cultural institutions, we recommend visiting Roombeek.
  • The art of brewing beer is illustrated in the Grolsch Brewery. Take part in a guided tour of the brewery, or try small samples of different types of beer.
  • The brewery also gave its name to De Grolsch Veste, the stadium of the local football club FC Twente. Football fans can visit the stadium during a tour, and the FC Twente Museum as well while they're there.
  • The new De Museumfabriek family museum (formerly TwentseWelle) in Enschede explains how nature, culture, science and technology influence each other, in an interactive way. It invites visitors to experiment, discover, research and be amazed.
  • For adults, it's worth visiting the Holland Casino, which also has a good restaurant.

The shopping city of Enschede

Most shops are located in downtown and around the Oude Markt, making Enschede one of the most interesting shopping cities in the Netherlands. There's also the weekly market on Tuesdays and Saturdays (J.H. Van Heekplein), and the attractive opening times, which even allow for shopping trips on Sundays. On Thursday night, the shops are open until 9 PM. In the center of Enschede, you'll find major chain stores such as Zara and Mango, but also typical Dutch brands such as G-Star, Rituals and Dille & Kamille. Shops such as Pistache Design and So Fifties (both on Korte Haaksbergerstraat) await friends of unusual furniture, design, vintage and clothing.

Eating and going out in Enschede

The Oude Markt of Enschede is the beating heart of the city. It's even been described as the 'biggest and liveliest beer garden in the eastern Netherlands'. The lovely historic marketplace is lined with great restaurants, bistros and bars - such as Fabels Eten & Drinken, Samsam or De Kater. In summer, chairs and tables are placed outside, and you can enjoy the local Grolsch beer in the sunshine. Regular events, such as the Grolsch Summer Sounds, also regularly take place at the Oude Markt.

Fancy something sweet? At Nienke's, there are homemade muffins and cupcakes with a good cup of coffee, and brownies and carrot cake at De Broodbode in the Haverstraatpassage.

    The area surrounding Enschede

    Enschede is located in the Twente region, an area characterized by many castles and forts, wide open spaces and farmland. A wonderful scenery which you can also explore easily by bicycle.

    • Are you traveling with children? Then you should definitely plan for a detour to the De Waarbeek theme park near Enschede. Autoscooters, toboggan slide, antique carousels, a chairlift over water and rollercoasters guarantee hours of fun for all the family.
    • Enschede is part of the 'Twente trio', together with Deventer and Zwolle. You should therefore discover Deventer and Zwolle too, two cities definitely worth seeing.

      Sightseeing near Enschede

      If you're interested in shopping and fashion, you should definitely visit the city of Arnhem which has a reputation as the fashion capital of the Netherlands, with famous designers such as Viktor & Rolf and Alexander van Slobbe. Another shopping paradise is Nijmegen, where the oldest shopping street in the Netherlands, which has been around for centuries, invites you for a wander. Maybe the Romans, who also lived here, enjoyed a bit of shopping too? If you're traveling with children, you should have a look round Burgers' Zoo, where animals are kept in their natural habitats, such as deserts, mangroves and the ocean, rather than cages. Another tip is the community of Winterswijk, which is located in an area so magical that it was appointed the national landscape.

      Location and getting to Enschede

      Parking in Holland can be more expensive than we're used to in other European cities. In Enschede, you can expect to pay around €3 per hour. Because of this, it's best to leave your car at a park-and-ride outside the center of Enschede, and take the bus downtown from there. At the park-and-ride area at the Zuiderval, you only need to pay €3 for the whole day and can get to the center from there in only 5 minutes by bus (free for up to 5 people). Enschede is also very easy to reach by train. From Enschede station, it's only a 5-minute walk to the Oude Markt, and then you'll be in the heart of the city.

      Come enjoy cycling through nature! Take your pick of beautiful cycling routes throughout Holland.

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