Fondest memory: You probably don't know what the *locals* told me about Dutch beer: they all hate Heineken! The real Dutch people just drink GROLSCH, or sometimes that Amstel, but Heineken, they despise. It's just for export. So meet your friends at the central square and have some Grolsch. Just don't try to pronounce it, it is not* pronounced as you think it is, and you won't pronounce it right no matter how many times you try.
Favorite thing: It's not true what they tell you about riding a bike, that once you learn it, you never forget... I almost got killed by the cars half a dozen times on my 10-minute ride to "downtown", almost fell to the ground about a dozen times, and had to make my friends stop to wait for me all the time. Add the cold and my hands freezing, and I still enjoyed my bike-ride!
The local Library offers relative cheap Internet Access.
The first public Enschede library opened in 1828.
Centrale Bibliotheek Enschede
7511 GM ENSCHEDE
(BTW Public Toilet @ 10 cents)
Mo-Fr: 11AM - 8.30PM
Sa: 11AM - 5PM
Internet: € 0,50 per 15 minutes
Prints: € 0,10 BW, € 1,00 Colour
Second hand book sale: Each first Saturday of the month.
The local Tourist Office.
The VVV office is located at:
Stationsplein 1a - 7511 JD Enschede
Opposite the Enschede train station.
Mo: 1PM - 5.30PM
Tu-Fr: 10AM - 5.30PM
Sa: 9.30AM - 4PM
Fondest memory: Boekelo Branch office
7548 BM Boekelo
Mo-Sa: 11AM - 4PM
Enschede Start Point
Enschede City Council
De leukste plek van Enschede 2012 (best spot at Enschede).
City Buildings Page
Enschede down-town shopping guide
Wold War II History:
In a side wall of the Enschede city hall a commemorative stone is placed, where the village of Zwanenburg thanks the Enschede citizins for their help to the deportees in the second world war.
The story goes back to February 23 1945, when a train loaded with captured Dutch men on their way to Germany for unvolentary labour, stopped at Enschede. The men had not eaten for a day and shouted to the spectators in German that they were hungry. The respons was: This is Enschede!! The guards chased people back into their houses , but not for long. Food and drinks were brought to the train and in the mix up some men escaped. On the train were 300 men from the village of Zwanenburg.
The stone was given at January 25, 1946.
The Dutch text states: Zwanenburg dankt Enschede voor de hulp, die de bevolking van deze stad verleende aan haar ontvoerde burgers op doortocht naar Duitsland, 23 Februari 1945.
Enschede had a number of city fires through the ages:
-On March 14, 1517 most houses of the city center were destroyed.
-On May 20, 1750 72 houses were lost.
-The fire of May 7, 1862 destroyed much of the inner city. Hereafter stone houses were build.
-WW II fires by bombardments. 16 former streets were replaced by the Boulevard 1945.
-Fireworks disaster of May 13, 2000. Much of the Roombeek quarter was destroyed.
Enschede is the home of the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC) and scientist and students from all over world are working here.
Favorite thing: On the central square in Enschede there is an old church you can visit. In Dutch, old is "oude", which exhausts my knowledge of the language, and of the history of that church or Enschede itself...