Enschede

Directly on the eastern border of the Netherlands lies Enschede, a characteristic, modern and lively university town. 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.

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.

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.

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. Here you can find the widest range of products imaginable: fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish naturally, but also leatherware, clothes, music and Mediterranean delicacies. The stalls sell quality goods and the market is spaciously laid out. Below the market lies one of the largest underground car parks in the Netherlands, with room for 1700 cars and 1100 bicycles. This makes a visit doubly attractive!

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.

More information can be found on the website of Enschede: http://www.enschede.nl/en/welkom/