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Must do's

Enschede has loads of sights and tons of fun activities. Haven't got a clue where to start exploring? Check our list of must dos during a visit to Enschede. With these tips you will certainly get to know all the hot spots and highlights.

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Shop 'til you drop in Enschede

Enschede is a shopper's paradise. The broad range of shops and weekly markets will delight every shopaholic. Find out more about the world-famous brands on offer at H.J. van Heekplein, like Zara and Primark. Tuesdays and Saturdays, the weekly market is held on this modern square, ideal to buy a Dutch stroopwafel. Searching for a more refreshing shopping experience? Be sure to head to the smaller streets of Haverstraatpassage, Walstraat and De Heurne. Here you will discover cozy boutiques with a distinct Dutchness and lovely little cafes.

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Eat at the Twentsche Foodhal

Foodies find exciting menus from every corner of the world at Twentsche Foodhal. It is located at the Oude Polaroidfabriek, east of the city centre. In their casual open-space setting, order dishes from nine international food stalls and enjoy a local brewed beer with your friends. The meals here are always laid back and will definitely include mouth-watering food.

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Walk through Roombeek

Roombeek is the neighborhood that rose from the ashes of a fireworks disaster in 2000. Like a phoenix it has since claimed a strong place in Enschede. Architectural splendor surrounds several museums and art galleries. Architect Pi de Bruijn designed an area with innovative architecture. Respect for the past is omnipresent, for example in the building Balengebouw. TETEM Kunstruimte, Rijksmuseum Twenthe and De MuseumFabriek have found a home here too. Combine a visit to these cultural institutions with a guided tour.

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Admire art at Rijksmuseum Twenthe

Visit Rijksmuseum Twenthe for a peek into the richest art collection of the Eastern Netherlands. Each exhibition learns us more about the past or the present, often in a mix of Dutch masters and thrilling modern artworks. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum presents a dozen temporary art exhibitions a year. Remember to admire the building during your visit.

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Join a Grolsch Brewery Tour

Nothing beats a cool glass of Grolsch beer! Its unique flavor stems from a recipe that has been used for over 400 years. Visit the Grolsch brewery for a tour and learn all about this Dutch beer brand. Dive into the history of Grolsch, find out about the brewing and bottling process and learn more about the exemplary tv commercials. Of course, a tasting of Grolsch beer is included at the end. Want to book a tour? Visit the website of Grolsch.

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Visit the synagogue of Enschede

Numerous beautiful buildings adorn Enschede with their luster. One of them is the synagogue in the Prinsestraat, at the edge of the city centre. It is known as one of Europes most beautiful synagogues and is definitely worth a visit. Its exterior is an eye-catcher. It has three big brass domes and colored stained glass windows. Inside, architect De Bazel combined art deco elements with an oriental style. The synagogue is still in use as a place of worship. Opening hours are from Tuesday to Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 11 am till 5pm.

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Cycle around Vliegveld Twenthe

A visit to nature reserve Vliegveld Twenthe is like a breath of fresh air. This natural oasis lies north of Enschede, extended around a former military air base. Walking and cycling routes meander through forests, groves and meadows. Ride from the charming village of Lonneker to the town of Deurningen. This leisurely bike ride takes you through a lush green environment that surrounds old airplane hangars, which nowadays double as event venues.

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Explore in De Museumfabriek

Explorers who are curious at heart must visit De Museumfabriek. The exhibitions at this museum in culture park Roombeek revolve around the way nature, culture, science and technology are connected. Learn by experimenting, create things yourself and explore to your heart's content. De Museumfabriek is a favorite day out with creative parents and inquisitive children of all ages.

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Enjoy the bustling nightlife

The nightlife in Enschede is vibrant and varied. The Oude Markt is an excellent starting point. Restaurants, cafes, bars and night clubs surround the old square. Enjoy a Grolsch beer at a bar or dance the night away at Paddy's. Prefer a snooker or pool challenge with your friends? Poolcafé The Bridge is a favorite among the thousands of students in Enschede. For a very different kind of game, visit retro-style arcade the Game Box or try your luck at Holland Casino.

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Learn about Enschede with a city tour

The best way to learn more about Enschede, its inhabitants, history and heritage is a city tour. Join a guided tour through the city centre and hear the stories about the city's resilience in the past. Explore local boutiques of Enschede with a free shopping route, unearth cultural treasures and design your own voyage of exploration. The possibilities are boundless. Ask our team at the Tourist Information Office at Langestraat 41 and book your tour with them.

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