Welcome to Enschede
Welcome to Enschede- The city of Knowledge and Innovation
Enschede, or Eanske as the locals say, is a municipality and a city in the Eastern Netherlands near the German border. The municipality of Enschede consisted of the city of Enschede until 1935, when the rural municipality of Lonneker, which completely surrounded the city, was annexed after the rapid industrial expansion of Enschede which began in the 1860s and involved the building of railways and the digging of the Twentekanaal. Despite the fact that the city went through a period of rough economic times, in recent years it has undergone somewhat of a resurgence. Major department stores and shopping centers have popped up. The Old Market Square often features live music, a variety of events and many other activities during weekends. Enschede is also home to the University of Twente, one of only three technical universities in the country so it easily can be characterized as the city of knowledge and innovation. With an University and a Science Park that are internationally esteemed for their capacity to convert theoretical knowledge into high-quality practical applications that conquer the world. Furthermore, Science Park Twente is the innovation campus where intensive knowledge entrepreneurs can develop themselves successfully. Businesses there have access to talent and expertise, pioneering research and various forms of financing and coaching. While Enschede has seen more than its share of rough times, it is still able to maintain a rich cultural tradition and thousands of people from around the world visit the city every year.
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As Enschede has an University and is the largest town in the Eastern Netherlands, it has a fair amount of bars and cafes. The Old Market (in Dutch: Oude Markt) is the location of many bars and bistros which have large terasses, making it the perfect location for a drink on a warm summer night. The oldest pub in Enschede is Het Bolwerk, in the Bolwerkstraat, where one can drink a wide variety of beers and spirits, with the shocking exception of the Enschede-brewed Grolsch. 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.
Due to its proximity to Germany, this city attracts a large number of Germans who stop by for a day of shopping. The city is not only attractive to Germans, students are relocating to Enschede in increasing numbers as well, which is one of the reasons why it has a vibrant nightlife. The best shopping streets are the Korte Hengelosestraat and the Haverstraatpassage. They have the highest density of independent shops.
- Roombeek (10 min. walk north from Enschede Centraal station). Roombeek 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 renowed architects, plenty of green areas and exclusive lanes for buses and bicycles, and containing the Twentse Welle museum and the Rijksmuseum.
- Grote Kerk, Oude Markt. Enschede'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.
- Museum Twentse Welle, Het Rozendaal 11. A 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 exhibitions only in Dutch and German.
- Volkspark, (10 min. walk from Enschede Centraal station). The Volkspark is a beautiful park close to the city center. It was constructed in 1872 to serve as a recreational area for the workers in the textile industry. It also hosts several cultural activities alongside the year, such as the spring and autumn.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hours
The climate in Enschede is typically temperate, marine, cool summers and mild winters. The terrain is mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land (polders) with some hills in Southeast. For Enschede, in January the daily average maximum temperatures is 7°C with the average minimum 3°C, while in June the average maximum is 19°C with a minimum of 12°C. The wettest month for Enschede is November with an average of 85.1mm of precipitation falling while the driest month is April with 32.1mm falling.
The public transport in Enschede is mostly maintained by bus and by taxi but you can use the train as well for a couple of destinations. The buses in Enschede are maintained by Twents. From the central station, you can easily get around the city.