The City of Enschede

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Directly on the university's eastern border lies Enschede, a characteristic, modern and lively university town, located in the eastern Netherlands in the province of Overijssel and in the Twente region with about 156,000 inhabitants.

Elegant historic buildings in the town and surrounding area are evocative of Enschede’s rich textile past. Some of the town’s most notable monuments are the beautiful town hall, several beautiful churches and a unique synagogue.

At the same time, large-scale urban renewal has given Enschede a new skyline with eye-catching, contemporary architecture. Well worth a visit is the Van Heekplein. This shopping centre gives the town a modern flair and a lively charm.

Culture and Leisure

Besides the familiar large department stores, a number of specialist shops have also been established around the Van Heekplein, making Enschede the ultimate shopping city of the East. Enschede also has a lot to offer for those who enjoy culture, wining & dining and a night on the town. There’s something to suit everyone’s palate in and around the convivial Oude Markt. And Enschede definitely caters to music lovers; whether you enjoy opera or rock, jazz or Tchaikowsky - Enschede has it all.

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But that’s not all: Enschede has a number of special museums that are well worth a visit. In addition, the city hosts a variety of national and international events all year round. For example the 4-day equestrian event Military Boekelo, the Enschede Marathon, and the Enschede Music Festival. Furthermore, Enschede is well-known for its local association football club, FC Twente, the 2010 Eredivisie champion.

Every Tuesday and Saturday is market day on the newly modernized Van Heekplein square. On Saturday, the busiest day, there are no less than 160 market stalls, making Enschede’s goods market the largest in the eastern Netherlands.

Indeed, modern Enschede is bubbling with vitality! If you have time to spare after a visit to the town, the immediate surroundings offer some remarkable spots of natural beauty and tranquillity. Here, you’ll discover why Enschede was designated the greenest town in the Netherlands in 2003. The Aamsveen nature area is close by if you’d like a bit of peace and quiet. Other sights to see are the country houses and estates dating from the textile era, or the typical backstage landscape of Twekkelo with its mysterious salt houses.