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Enschede Travel Guide: 181 reviews and 394 photos

An die Schede
Some history

Enschede is a city close to the German border and its name probably came from "An die Schede" (on the border).
Enschede's history dates back to the early Middle Ages, when it was a settlement of farmers around a small castle.
In 1325 the Enschede city rights were approved by the bishop Jan III van Diest from Utrecht.
The city grew with a second canal around the city and a wooden outer fence.
In the 16th century the city was captured by people from Gelre, but was attacted by local forces of the bishop of Oldenzaal. The battles ended when the troops of prince Maurits took control over the city in 1597.

Through the ages three major city fires happened, destroying many of the wooden houses.

In the 18th centry the textile industry started and boomed after 1830. Even today the family names of the company owners like Van Heek, Ter Kuile, Jannink, Blijdenstein and Menko are linked to the city.

In world War II the city was mistakingly bombed twice by allied forces.

One of the big developments after the war was the grounding of the Technical University of Twente.

In 2007 Enschede had over 150.000 inhabitants.


In the center of Enschede signs will show you your way.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Old market, many bars, big parking garage
  • Cons:Overflooded by Germans at times
  • In a nutshell:Technical students, Germans and local Twents
  • Last visit to Enschede: May 2016
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • la_beba's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2008 at 5:55 AM

    Thank you for visiting my Viking pic pages!!! it made me go back to it and look at the pictures, and remember those days... it was such an unforgettable visit! :o)

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    great tips Pieter!

  • Jul 1, 2007 at 12:44 AM

    Looks like we both had food tasting days yesterday :) Great photos of the dancers PJ!

  • RhineRoll's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2006 at 12:36 AM

    So there is nightlife in Enschede after all ;) Good to know that the Gronau and Ahaus people have some places to go to ;) Greetings from Bonn with almost no nightlife either ;))

  • Feb 28, 2006 at 2:35 PM

    Helaas, de proefeet is voorbij en het eerste jaar voor de Kopern Koekenpan ook. Ze zijn failliet...................... Dus geen pannenkoeken meer in Enschede

  • irisbe's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2005 at 10:28 PM

    da's geen geld voor zoveel lekkers op die proef-eet :)

  • karin_kamphuis's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2004 at 1:58 PM

    Hi, great pictures of the disaster in Roombeek, did you took them out of a plane??? We were at the cinema and wear shokked when the cinema started to shake!!! I'm glad that's looking better now! great page, greetings!

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2003 at 10:54 AM

    Great page Pieter-Jan! Thanks for sharing these pictures! Wowww, the Van Heekplein has changed so much!!! Seeing the firework disaster pictures makes me cry, I don't think I will ever forget that day.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2003 at 11:27 AM

    it is always a joy to see an old stomping ground of mine here on VT. the Firework disaster has been aweful thanx Pieter, good infos, lovely page

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2003 at 1:45 PM

    It's always nice to see these places, I like the Irene Promenade entrance. :-)


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