Hengelo Travel Guide

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Hengelo Things to Do

  • Çeşme

    In May 2016 the Çeşme was unveiled. It's a Turkish design public water supply and was presented to the city of Hengelo by the Hengelo-Yozgat society.The Çeşme symbolizes the cooperation between Hengelo and Yozgat, a Turkish town 200 km East of Ankara.

  • Center City Sightseeing

    There are a lot of shops, bars and restaurants waiting to be discovered by you.I recommend to walk as indicated by the map below. It's a route published by Bureau Hengelo, the local tourist office housed at the Library.

  • 2016 City Activities

    JANUARY6 Midweenterhoarnbloazen, City Hall7 New Year reception, City Hall9 André Manuel's Bar & Grill Show, Metropool13 Hans Liberg, RABO theater15 Guitar Experience, Metropool17 Chess tournament, Jan Krul29&31 Hengelose Revue, RABO theater29 Echo & The Bunnymen, Metropool30-31 Hengelose Revue, RABO theater31 Record Fair, MetropoolFEBRUARY1%4...

  • The old church path

    Hidden between the Pastoriestraat and the Marskant is this old church path to Woolde.I never had any idea that this path was hidden here, but when I went on tour with a city guide, this little street was the first thing we explored.

  • Kermis - Fair (children)

    The Kermis (Fair) has challenging attractions for adults, but just as many for the children.The fair is being held twice a year; at the end of May and in September.So, a great opportunity to get that special candy.

  • Thiemsbrug

    Thiemsbrug is the main midtown road crossing. In 2003/2004 a major (re)construction toke place; replacement of sewers, construction of bus lanes and more.Also some major roads to the the town center are overhauled.2015 update:The city hall will be extended. This project was due, and it will cost anything between 25 and 40 million Euro's.


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Hengelo Restaurants

  • Pavilion in the park

    Paviljoen de Ontmoeting took some time to grow and establish its business. The Prins Bernard park wasn't the best place of Hengelo for years, with some drug addicts hanging around and lack of maintenance of the pond and gardens. I think with the start of having the annual BAM festival and a new vision of the city counsel things became better.The...

  • Vietnamese street food

    Secrets of Saigon started in 2016 selling Vietnamese fast food. The shop is managed by Winston Yung and Lan-Anh Pham.The business is housed in one of two modern wooden stalls in the heart of the city and replaces the former Potato 2 Go shop.Business hours:Mo-Tu: ClosedWe-Sa: 11AM - 6PMSu: Closed

  • Popular fries and ice cream kiosk

    Automatiek De Muur is a busy place during shopping hours. Also there are snack selling machines for quick service and the after hours.2010 update: The Muur moved across the street to a new stand opposite the HEMA shop. A long debate over a snackbar partly build on the sidewalk has come to an end. A new debate of fried fries fumes in the nearby...

  • Indian Food

    The Taj Mahal is a small and cozy restaurant with some 20 seats.It offers great Indian Tandoori and Garlic Nan meals.Take away and catering service available.Business Hours:Mo: ClosedTu-Su: 5PM - 10PM

  • The oldest Hengelo Chinese Restaurant

    Kota Radja is the oldest Hengelo Chinese restaurant.The service is still high!Take away service and catering for groups of minimal 10 persons available.I revisited the restaurant in 2016 after years without a visit. Our group had a special Chinese Dim Sum arrangement with some 10 dishes on the Lazy Susan.It was a wonderful mix of meals, from spicy...

  • New Brazilian restaurant

    Cariocas opened in may 2015. It's a genuine Brazilian restaurant with great meat dishes, like picanha, rib eye, lamb and pork spare ribs. Vegan meals are also on the menu.The meat is served by the waiters directly from the charcoal grill at long spears.A diner is about € 24,95, excluding the drinks.Also lunches and take-away service.Business...


Hengelo Nightlife

  • The place to be

    Cafe 't Neutje is housed in the oldest house (1652) of Hengelo. Each Thursday night free live music.Business hours:Mo-We: ClosedTh: From 8PMFr: ClosedSa: From 8PMSu: From one hour before major league games start

  • Hengelo's New Theater

    The RABO Theater is build on the location where the old city theater used to be.The new building has two halls. Depending on the show you visit

  • Evening cycling race + Music

    The Nacht van Hengelo (The Hengelo Night) is an annual event at the end of May/Beginning of June, when there are several cycling races on a route through center city. At the Market Square next to the finish line there is live music and other activities. As you are.


Hengelo Transportation

  • Taxi

    The Taxi stand has moved from the city side to the South side of the station.Here are some of the available taxi's:-Taxi Hengelo-Taxi A.B.C.-Taxi A.U.B.-Stadtaxi Hengelo-Taxi Sec-Class Taxi

  • Bicycle parking at the station

    Through the years the number of train travelers that came to the station increase. There is a small bicycle shop and guarded bicycle parking in the basement, but that became too small. A public parking spot was designated at the right side and that even got an extra floor. Still that was not enough and in 2016 a complete new 'Fietsflat' was...

  • Train desruption

    There are times a train service is out of operation due to planned maintenance works on the tracks or other causes like a heavy storm, a snow dump of an accident.When a situation is known (and planned) on forehand or when the disruption lasts longer than two hours, substitute buses will be put into service.The temporary bus stop is in front of the...


Hengelo Shopping

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  • Supermarket with low prices

    The LIDL is a supermarket, original part of a German chain of stores.The shop offers fresh bread and a wide variety of food and drinks.Also there's a section of non-food with weekly offers.2016 update: A second branch is in the making.Business hours:Mo-We: 8:30AM - 8PMTh-Fr: 8:30AM - 9PMSa: 8:30 - 8PM Groceries Low prices

  • Midtown Shopping

    The Brink is a small shopping center that opened in the late 1990's. The shops create a passage from the market square to the train station.The following shops are in the center:-iCentre - Computers and audio-NewYorker - Fashion-De Tuinen - Eco products-Ad Heijne - Men shoes-Jac Hensen - Men's fashion-Queens - Fashion-Neckerman - Travel agency-Jack...

  • Sports

    Intrasport is a two stories mega shop selling sport outfits and equipment.They sell over 150 brands of sports merchandise; expect to find whatever you want here.Busines hours:Mo-Fr: 10AM - 9PMSa: 9AM - 8PMSu:11AM - 6PM


Hengelo Local Customs

  • The first public urinoir

    The construction of public toilets in the Netherlands seems to have a low priority. Consider yourself lucky if you find an urinoir.The only spots where you can spot "public" toilets are the bigger hotels (with a real lobby) and some government buildings like town halls and libraries. Expect to pay a small sum in restaurants and even at the train...

  • Tiles

    You have to look for it, but some of the houses have those special tiles.I shall keep my eyes open and try to capture some more.

  • Apple Picking Day

    In some of the older hidden private gardens fruit trees are located that will be loaded with fruit at the end of Summer. At the National Apple Picking Day the general public is invited to pick the fruit (a bag per family).


Hengelo Warnings and Dangers

  • Enschedesestraat reconstructed

    Hengelo is reconstructing the major roads in the center and the ring road around it.Much of the reconstruction is designed in an office and not always what seemed to be a good idea, is good in reality.Some intersections became narrower and became obstacles for trucks.The recent Enschedesestraat reconstruction introduced some more green in the...

  • Do not wave?

    You may come across this odd warning sign.It's not: DO NOT WAVE, but BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS!In small print the sign reads: pick pockets are also shopping (for your wallet!).So watch your valuables.

  • Winter Road Conditions

    Winter Road Conditions can be bad. In our winters there are days with freezing rain and snowfall; sometimes in a nice mix. The major roads will be salted, but rain often flushes the salt from the road and with a snow fall of more than 2 cm the salt will be used for the most part. Of course new salt will be applied, but it also needs traffic to...


Hengelo Off The Beaten Path

  • City Hall Tower Part 3

    From the tower entrance on the 2nd floor it's almost 200 steps to reach the top.When you are able to attend a guided visit to the tower, just do it. Be aware of the sound (and volume) of the bells in the upper part of the tower.

  • City Hall Tower Part 8

    It's blue and it's new: The new Police Headquarters of Hengelo.The blue colour really stands out compared to the more traditional central city buildings.

  • City Hall Tower Part 9

    The street with the most and the oldest bars, the Pastoriestraat.Characteristic is the little square bewteen the De Drie Musketiers bar and café 't Neutje.


Hengelo Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming in a hundred year old setting

    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. Swimgear

  • Avondvierdaagse

    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. Walking shoes and some money to buy...

  • Cycling

    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...


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  • Nooit Vergeten (Never Forgotten)

    As a permanent remembrance to all Hengelo victims of the World War bombardments in 1995 the NOOIT VERGETEN monument was unveiled.It is located at the West side of the Basilica in the center of town.


    STARTION is an art project using the empty first floor of the Hengelo train station.The space was deserted after the track- and train control went to a new central accommodation t Zwolle.The idea to use the windows facing the station platform as displays for art was a great one. After sunset the it offers a free view to modern art.Theo and Louise...

  • Local Radio

    Radio Hengelo is the city's local radio station.The radio transmits via 105.8 MHz in the FM band and also can be listened to via Internet.Radio Hengelo also provides a local TV-channel.The studio is located at:Langelermaatweg 2447553 JK Hengelo OvTel: +31-74- 2566699


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