The innovative and quirky nature of Enschede makes it a city not to be missed when visiting the Netherlands. The largest city in the province of Overijssel is surrounded by greenery. Its past in the textile industry and its entrepreneurial character are still tangible, which makes Enschede a creative place full of special locations.

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Experience Enschede like a Tukker

Experience Enschede like a Tukker

Oude Markt Enschede

Enschede is the place for technology, innovation and creativity. In every domain you can imagine. It is home to 50-60 new start-ups every year. For example, the companies Thuisbezorgd and Booking.com once began here as start-ups. Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without Wi-fi, which is quite the coincidence since this wireless network was devised by an alumnus of the University of Twente in Enschede. The city is bursting with creative incubators and ideas, culminating in the annual GOGBOT Festival, where music, art, media and technology come together.

Enschede is above all a vibrant city. It's a favourite destination for the Dutch and Germans to go shopping and the terraces are always full on the best hospitality square in the Eastern Netherlands: the Oude Markt. And if you like shopping, then you’re in luck! Enschede has hundreds of local shops and chain stores where you can shop till you drop. The second-hand shopping route takes you along fantastic addresses and give you the opportunity to score a sustainable second-hand outfit.

Oude Markt Enschede

Nature is always just around the corner in Enschede. There are 10 city parks located throughout the city, each of them a green oasis with its own special charm. You can find the oldest public park in the Netherlands in Enschede. And there’s no better home for it.

And when you leave the hustle and bustle of the city centre, you will find beautiful country estates and rural areas along the city's outskirts. Wherever you go, you are constantly surrounded by greenery.

Family enjoying the city park in Enschede
Local people on the streets of Enschede

Enschede is home to a special sort of people, called the Tukkers. 'Act normal, that’s already crazy enough' is the philosophy here. But even more famous in Twente is the so-called concept of 'Noaberschap'. Noabers (aka: neighbours) are there for each other, that's just the way it is. This sounds like something to be rather proud of but the Tukker is rather modest by nature. They see noaberschap, being there for each other, as a normal part of everyday life. So modest are they here that they do not even boast about their beautiful city of Enschede. Their praise more or less extends to: 'Enschede is quite a pleasant city, you know.' This could be one of the reasons why Enschede is still a fairly undiscovered city in the Netherlands.

A green visit to Enschede

A green visit to Enschede

More and more sustainable venues and events are popping up in Enschede, each contributing to a better world in its own way. From vegetarian or vegan hotspots and second-hand shops to restaurants that cook with locally sourced ingredients. But in fact, you can find lovely green spaces all over Enschede. For instance, there are many hidden courtyard gardens and terraces such as Bardot or the courtyard garden of Rijksmuseum Twenthe.

Bardot Enschede

Melkhal Enschede

Enschede is widely admired for the way old industrial factory buildings have been transformed. Coberco's old milk hall is the perfect example. It has been converted into a trendy spot that preserves the old character of the building and is currently home to the unstaffed hotel Urban Hotel Moloko, Café Coberco and a large supermarket that sells all kinds of specialities from local and regional producers under the 'Ons Noaberschap' label. And don’t forget the Museumfabriek. This museum tells you all about how nature, culture, science and technology affect each other. And how fitting that this museum is located in the Rozendaal family's former textile factory?

Even though Enschede is located close to the German border, it’s easily accessible by public transport from all corners of the Netherlands. For example, you can get a train from Utrecht and be at any of the city's three stations within 1.5 hours. There are plenty of buses here to take you to all the cool places in the city. But you can, of course, also do that last bit yourself. Simply rent a bike at Budget Bikes Hoeve or opt for an OV public transport bike (for OV chip card holders only). And if you're looking for a slightly faster travel option, you can rent a shared e-scooter in the city.

Cycling in Enschede

Hidden gems
Off the beaten track

Off the beaten track

Roombeek Culture park

The Roombeek district, just north of Enschede's city centre, is a contemporary neighbourhood that offers a bit of everything: living, working, shopping and culture in an inspiring environment. With its many cultural institutions, Roombeek is a cultural hotspot within Enschede, but it’s also a green one; three interconnected parks run through the neighbourhood like a lovely green oasis.

On 13 May 2000, Roombeek suffered a fireworks disaster. It was a huge tragedy with many victims. The blast destroyed 42.5 hectares of the city. Roombeek was rebuilt according to the wishes and ideas of more than 3,000 residents, transforming it into a neighbourhood with a history as well as future value. The textile past was brought back and acknowledged by preserving industrial heritage, while Lasonderbleek (the memorial park) includes the concrete foundation of the fireworks factory and a memorial.

Enschede fireworks tragedy May 2000

With a guide through Roombeek Enschede

Roombeek is known for its high-quality architecture and beautiful public spaces. It is characterised by a bold mix of traditional and modern. Follow the Roombeek Walking Route and admire the extraordinary houses and buildings, or do the guided walk to discover even more of Roombeek's stories. If you add a visit to Roombeek Culture Park to your walk, you will find several cultural institutions close together: the Museumfabriek, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, and Tetem. Tetem is one of the few places in the Netherlands where digital culture plays a leading role in its programming. This special combination of art, culture and architecture makes a visit to Roombeek a unique experience.

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