As a city famous for being "destroyed and reconstructed" many times, Enschede does not offer much in terms of historical attractions. However, the city has nice displays of contemporary Dutch architecture, particularly in the Roombeek neighborhood and at University of Twente, and its nightlife, cultural vibrancy and shopping options are quite developed for a city of its size.
By trainFrom elsewhere in the Netherlands, Enschede is easily accessible by train from all major Dutch cities, and can be reached from smaller cities with at most one or two transfers. The journey time from Amsterdam is approximately two hours. An excellent (train only) travel planner is available at Nationale Spoorwegen. Hourly intercity trains from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, The Hague and Zwolle terminate at . If you need to use a connecting bus or ferry from within the Netherlands, use 9292.
From Germany, direct trains (ending in Enschede railway station) are available from Gronau, Dortmund, and Münster. From Münster, it takes 1 hr 20 min by hourly regional train to Enschede. To reach Enschede from Berlin, a stopover is available in Hengelo (a small city about 10 minutes by train from Enschede). Further guidance is available at Die Bahn.
By busKLM provides free bus transfer for travellers arriving or departing on KLM flights from Amsterdam Schiphol airport. The bus leaves Amsterdam Schiphol twice a day, at 09:05 and 21:00. The entire ride takes 3 hours.
By carThere is a large parking lot underneath the market square in the center of the city, the H.J. van Heekplein, which provides approximately 2000 parking spaces for visitors arriving by car.
There is a cheaper park-and-ride solution available at the expanded P+R Zuiderval. Frequent buses travel from here directly to the city center (approximately 5 minutes by bus). This is especially useful if you are arriving in Enschede via the highway, as the lot is just off the highway exit.
Enschede is a city best explored by bicycle, on foot or by public transportation. Parking spaces can be difficult to find and there are often traffic jams, especially during rush hour. The city center is also closed to motorized vehicles.
Buses in Enschede do not accept cash. Payment by debit or credit cards are required.
Elderinkshuisaddress: De Klomp 35The oldest building in the city (other than the Grote Kerk), built in 1783. It doesn't look extraordinary but it has the feat of surviving the city's many disasters.
Grote Kerkaddress: Oude MarktEnschede's "central church" is also the oldest building of the city, dating from the Middle Ages (1200), although it has undergone several expansions and reforms across the time. It is now mainly used for weddings and concerts. The sundial in the right side of the church (looking at the entrance) was crafted in 1836.
phone: +31 53 480-7680address: Het Rozendaal 11A new museum set in the heart of the modern quarter Roombeek, which was destroyed in the Fireworks Disaster of 2000, Twentse Welle tells the story of mankind in Twente, the region in which Enschede is situated. While there are a number of exhibits that are visually appealing to speakers of any language, the museum, unlike many in the Netherlands, has information about its exhibits only in Dutch and German.
phone: +31 53 438675address: Lasondersingel 129-131.Large collection of 18th-century art and contemporary art.
RoombeekRoombeek is the neighborhood between Deuningerstraat and Oldenzaalstraat, north of Lasondersingel, which corresponds to the neighborhood rebuilt after the fireworks disaster. It is now the finest neighborhood of Enschede, with all houses and buildings projected by renowned architects, plenty of green areas and exclusive lanes for buses and bicycles, and containing the Twentse Welle museum and the Rijksmuseum.
Stadshaard Enschedeaddress: Deurningerstraat, RoombeekEnschede's heating and power station, which was (perhaps unfairly) elected the "ugliest building of Netherlands" by a poll of the local newspaper TC Tubantia. It looks somewhat like a church covered with Delft-blue tiles. It is richly illustrated as a whole and artist Hugo Kaagman has placed images on the tiles that are associated with the production of electricity and well-known icons from Enschede's history, such as Jan Cremer and the Grolsch swing-top bottle.
phone: +31 53 4324507address: Prinsestraat 14Reputedly the most beautiful synagogue of the Netherlands. Tours available on Sunday at 14:00 (in Dutch). English tours are sporadically available.
University of Twentephone: +31 53 489 9111address: Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB EnschedeThe university has a number of buildings with interesting architecture, such as the Drienerlo tower (Torentje van Drienerlo), the Cubicus and the student dormitory at the crossing between Campuslaan and Matenweg.
VolksparkThe Volkspark is a beautiful park close to the city center. It was constructed in 1872 to serve as recreational area for the workers in the textile industry. It also hosts several cultural activities alongside the year, such as the spring and autumn Kermis.
- Enjoy art in the many galleries in town.
- Take a guided tour through the nature parks surrounding Enschede or purchase a map with walking/cycling routes
Grolsch VesteThe stadium of the football team FC Twente, one of the greatest prides of Enschede and of the entire Twente region. It won the Dutch title in the 2009-2010 season.
Go Planet ParcAn entertainment park next to the Grolsch Veste football stadium, approximately midway between Enschede and Hengelo. It contains various facilities, including a cinema with 10 rooms, a 400-meter long ice skating track, a bowling, a diving school, a concert hall, a kart track, a couple of restaurants and others.
phone: +31 50861050address: Blikkersmaatweg 15A lake and recreational area in the south of Enschede. Contains beaches (including a nudist one), forests and recreational facilities. it is also possible to practice diving here.
phone: +31 53 485 8500address: Wenninkgaarde 40-42, Oude MarktEnschede's main theatre and concert hall. Performances are usually in Dutch.
AquadromeSwimming pool with two slides, a wave pool and wild water rapids.
Enschede wishes to profile itself as the place to be in the eastern Netherlands when it concerns shopping. The large square, the Van Heeksplein, has been modernised and been made the 'shopping-centre' of the city. Large stores such as V&D and Primark are there, as are many clothing stores such as H&M, WE and C&A. Many other shops can be found throughout the city centre. On Tuesdays and Saturdays there is a large market at the Van Heekplein, which attracts quite a lot of Germans, as well as the locals of course.
Every Thursday shops are opened until 9PM instead of 18:00. In addition, shops are allowed to open every first Sunday of the month.
Dragonheart Medieval Lifestylephone: +31 53 4782005address: Stroinksweg 90An exotic medieval-themed shop where you can find all kinds of medieval clothes, jewelery, accessories, furniture, and even weapons and armor.
Lots of bars and restaurants are located at the Oude Markt. The first weekend of September this square is the stage of the 'Proefeet', an event on which restaurants sell small samples of their best food in order to win a grand prize.
phone: +31 53 434-6042address: Noorderhagen 9Asian fusion restaurant with Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese dishes all mixed up into one delicious treat. Try the surprise menu, it's always something new and always something good. Or the hotpot for a safe choice, with a bottle of wine.
phone: +31 53 436-7919address: Nicolaas Beetsstraat 48 7514 CWVegetarian restaurant
While the hipper crowds turn to places like Aspen Valley and Central Park, the alternative scene spends their Saturday night in Atak, where one can see a wide variety of customers from hippies to gothics to hard-core-metal-lovers. The student associations also have their own pub in de Pakkerij, like the largest student association of Enschede, AEGEE-Enschede which is often also open to visits from AEGEE students visiting from other European student cities.
phone: +31 53 203 2470address: Stadsgravenstraat 59, 7511 ER
phone: +31 532 070 000address: Willem Wilminkplein 5
phone: +31 534 803 999address: Boulevard 1945 4
phone: +31 538 000 800address: Zuiderval 140
phone: +31 53 433 1366address: De Veldmaat 8, 7522 NM
Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant De Broeierd-Enschedephone: +31 53 850 6500address: Hengelosestraat 725, 7521 PA
Enschede is a city surrounded by nature. It is a good base for walking, cycling or horse riding trips.
- Deventer, a city 62 km from Enschede, has a charming medieval city center
- Dinkelland is a municipality containing the picturesque town of Ootmarsum and the medieval monastery Het Stift
- Tubbergen is a municipality that contains the nature reserve Het Springendaal, which is particularly beautiful during the autumn
- Hof van Twente is a municipality known for its castles and mansions, the most famous being Castle Twickel, in the village of Delden
- Oldenzaal is a city that annually celebrates most famous Carnival from Twente
- Münster, a city 68 km from Enschede, has various historical buildings and a large student population
- Bad Bentheim is a town equally famous for its medieval castle and its hot springs
- Tecklenburg, 78 km from Enschede, is a charming and picturesque town in the hills. Difficult to get in without a car