Visit the Tuindorp natural swimming pool, that opened in 1923.
It's open during the summer season (without any extra heating!).
The small lake was created by sand excavation, used for the construction of the Tuindorp suburb in the 1920s.
Address: Vijverlaan 65 - 7553 CD Hengelo Ov
Directions: Enter Hengelo from the West from the A35 highway over the Haaksbergerstraat. Take a right at the first street after the traffic lights after crossing the Twente canal.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Water Sports
Each year around the last week of May of 4 or first week of June an evening walking event called the Avondvierdaagse takes place. Walking distances are 5, 10 and 15 km, each from a different location at one of Hengelo's suburbs.
It always is a happy bunch of walkers with many elementary school participants.
Equipment: Walking shoes and some money to buy refreshments at the stop locations.
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Hengelo is cycle network point #97 in the cycle-network of the province of Overijssel.
The information sign is place opposite the Lambertus church, the basilic in midtown.
You can create your own cycling journey through the Hengelo surroundings and if you are an experienced well traind cyclist hop over to other network points.
Twente cycle routes
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Each year at the end of May the FBK (Fanny Blankers-Koen) games are held in the Stadion with same name.
She is most famous for winning four gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. At that time, she was already a mother of two, which was unheard of at a time where female athletes were still frowned upon by many. It earned her the nickname "The Flying Housewife".
Having started competing in athletics in 1935, she took part in the 1936 Summer Olympics a year later. Although international competition was hampered by World War II, Blankers-Koen set several world records during that period, in events as diverse as the long jump, the high jump, sprint and hurdling events.
Apart from her four Olympic titles, she won five European titles, 58 Dutch championships and set or tied 12 world records. She retired from athletics in 1955, after which she became leader of the Dutch female track and field team. In 1999, she was voted "Female Athlete of the Century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Address: Kuipersdijk - Hengelo
Directions: SE of City Center
- Adventure Travel
- Road Trip