The Brinktower wind vane has the form of a little boy making a long nose. It's the visualisation of the so called "Hengeler Weend". This term is difficult to translate; "hot air" comes close.
Furthermore The Brinktower was known for its high-tech digital clock with thousands of LEDs. From the beginning there was trouble. Even in the design phase the right colour of the LEDs was an issue and when constructed and placed, it turned out the recommended colour by the supplier would have given a better readout. Than technical failures followed, giving different readouts on the four sides up to complete failure of parts of the display. Rain water got in and the "who is responsable" question arose. After much debat the top was taken off in 2007 and all there is left is an open frame work (another historical piece of "Hengeler Weend").
On the City Hall tower there is an even bigger wind vane with the name "Levensgang" (the circle of life).
East: Child playing with a ball
South: Mother with child
West: Old man
North: The dead
Although Hengelo isn't on the tourist map as such it does have a VVV tourist information centre at Nieuwstraat 59 where you can get advice and assistance on things to do, accommodation, public transport etc.
For the website click Hengelo VVV
Local Hengelo Ov Tourist Office that was part of the ANWB shop at:Nieuwstraat 59 - 7551 CV Hengelo Ov (Tel: +31-74-2421120) stopped in 2012.
In 2012 Hengelo started its own BUREAU HENGELO to supply tourist info.
The true Dutch VVV tourist offices can be found in neigbour towns:
VVV BORNE at Markstraat 23 -7622 CP Borne
VVV HAAKSBERGEN at Blankenburgerstraat 40 - 7481 EB Haaksbergen
VVV-AGENTSCHAP ALMELO-Library at Het Baken 3 - 7607 AA Almelo
VVV/ANWB OLDENZAAL - St. Plechelmusplein 5 - 7571 EG Oldenzaal
USEFUL HENGELO LINKS:
A day at Hengelo
Tubantia Hengelo page
Hengelo Sinterklaas City
Local Hengelo Radio
Hengelo in the future
The policeforce is moved to a new location. It is just a few hundred meters from the previous spot at the Marskant.
The new BLUE building replaces the former RABO bank offices.
The prison cells were tested by volunteers.
The St. Lambertus Basilic was build in 1890, but the catholic community was already 100 years older. Services started in a barn-church around 1800.
The big building withstood many World War II bombardments and was lucky to servive un unexploded shell that crashed through the roof.
Inside the Celebration Altar is the central heart in the church. Three more altars are present: the Hogh Altar by Friedrich Wilhelm Mengelberg and the Maria Altar and the Family Altar.
The three stain glass main windows form a connection from the Old to the New Testament.
The Hengelo Main Library moved from the Town Hall to this location at the Beursstraat/BP Hofstedestraat.
7551 HV Hengelo Ov
Tu-Fr: 9AM - 8PM
Sa: 9AM - 4PM
-Reading area with the newest newspapers and magazines
-Indoor café with free wireless Internet.
Thare are just a few high appartment buildings in Hengelo and the skyline is still dominated by 3 towers: Brinktoren, City Hall Tower and the churchtower of the St. Lambertus Basilic.
The first two are on the picture.
As well as hosting a twice weekly market (Wednesday and Saturday) the town's market place is used for occasional events including live music and the annual cycle race.
Having only visited on a Sunday night/Monday morning I never caught either the market or any of the events but saw the aftermath of something that must have taken place on a July Saturday - looks to me like it was the "Lipton's Iced Tea Festival" (Pic 2)!!
For the current events diary click - Hengelo Events
Favorite thing: The Wilhelminaboom is a tree dedicated to former Queen Wilhelmina when she was in power for 50 years in 1948. New trees were planted after renovations of the station square in 1987 and 2012. The tree originally stood on a small traffic island, when all traffic was allowed to used the busy road in front of the station. The casted gate around the tree has been moved for a while to another location in the park opposite the location of the Former Gerardus Marjella hospital. From 2012 the tree more or less is back at its original location.
In 2012 Bureau Hengelo started as the centralised information point for the city of Hengelo.
The information shop is located at:
7551 BV Hengelo
Most of the flyers are in Dutch, but you always can ask for info at the people of the bureau. It's for free and they will be glad to help you out.
The monument for the sexual abused child is made by Frans Houben, an artist who was abused himself. The monument is ment for all abused children and according to the artist it symbolises the protecting role the church should have, especial towards children.
The monument is a glass display of two playing children, protected by the Madonna.
It is located at the right front of the Onze Lieve Vrouwe church.
The "Badgasten" are 5 statues of bears sculpted by Marjolein Mandersloot. The statues were revealed mid-2012 and placed on the Market square after much and long debates. The square was a troubled area, because every upgrade to make it attractive; turned into the contrary. The 5 bears costed a good 450.000 Euro's, a waste of money according to many. In fact the sum was available for a decade before this design was chosen out of 50 proposals. Hengelo has no relation with bears whatsoever; it is the following attempt to bring friendlyness to the market square. The sculpter had intended to place the bears around the waterbasin; but that was mis-information, because there is no basin at all at the square. So, to compensate that, she quickly introduced big blue aluminium waterdrops around the bears. How much bading they can do is the question.
Fondest memory: Bading Bears
In stead of a big Main office, there now are TNT service points throughout Hengelo at:
-Bruna - Markt 2
-Boekhandel Thiemsbrug - Thiemsbrug 57
-Minipost - Joseph Haydnlaan 60
-Bruna - Winkelcentrum Groot Driene - Willem de Merodestraat 92
-TNT Postkantoor - Winkelcenrum Hasselo - Willem van Otterloostraat 29
-Primera - Straatsburg 8
-TNT Postkantoor - Industriestraat 51
-Gemaksshop Bekker en Zoon - Geerdinksweg 1
-The Read Shop - Uitslagsweg 91-5
On may 17, 2010 the General Cemetery existed 100 years.
Besides the graves and urnes of many locals, there are five war graves of the crewmembers of a Wellington plane that crashed in the Hengelo area.
Address: Oldenzaalsestraat 347 - 7557 GD Hengelo Ov
Busstop "De Noork" of local bus #11.
Favorite thing: In the Prins Bernard you will find a brown beech tree that was planted at the day of the wedding of Prinses Juliana and Prins Bernhard in 1936. In the same year the park got its present name. The tree was re-planted in 1972.