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Enschede; a city to fall in love with, to call home, to work, study – a city to live. Where the future starts again, every day. Today. Now.
158.194 inhabitants as of 1 May 2013, consisting of 158 nationalities.
Twin towns with Palo Alto, USA, since 1980. And Dalian, People’s Republic of China, since 2009.
The city centre houses over 300 shops. Every Saturday 56.000 peope visit its city centre.
Enschede offers free WiFi in the city centre.
The Roombeek Cultural Park is home to the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, TwentseWelle Museum, exhibition space Concordia, 21rozendaal, TETEM art space and ArtEZ Academy for Art & Design.
The National Music Kwartier hosts six cultural institutions including: the Dutch Symphony Orchestra, the National Traveling Opera, the Wilmink Theater and Music Center and Pop Stage ATAK.
The Synagogue of Enschede (designed by Karel de Bazel) is praised as one of the most beautiful synagogues in Western-Europe for its contemporary visual style.
One of the oldest buildings in Enschede is ‘het Elderinkshuis’. Built in 1783 it served as an inn for those who arrived at the city gate ‘de Espoort’ after it was closed at night. It was one of the few buildings that survived the great fire in 1862.
Business and Innovation
Every year, 50-60 new start-ups add to the ranks of the 700+ tech spin-offs from the University of Twente.
Innovation Campus Twente is home to 380 companies with 6300 commercial jobs.
The Military Boekelo-Enschede Equestrian Competition is not only one of the biggest equestrian events (in the Netherlands), it has also grown into the biggest outdoor business to business and business-relation event. Sponsors receive over 20.000 relations during the cross-country event on Saturday.
One of the oldest breweries in the Netherlands, the Grolsch brewery, is located between Enschede and Boekelo. It was founded in 1615 and opened its first brewery in Enschede in 1922. Grolsch beer is sold in over 70 countries and is considered a delicacy beer in many of them, especially when served in the distinctive swing-top bottle.
The only bakery in the Netherlands that produces matzos, Hollandia Matzes, is located in Enschede, only 500 meters away from the Synagogue of Enschede, and was founded in 1933.
The international company ‘Takeaway.com BV’, specialized in online food ordering and home delivery, was founded by a student from the University of Twente. Originally aimed at the Dutch market with the company ‘Thuisbezorgd.nl’ they now operate in several countries including Germany, France and the United Kingdom. The company headquarter is located in Enschede.
Enschede is well known for its local football club, FC Twente. FC Twente was the 2010 Eredivisie champion.
The city was awarded the title Sports City of the Year twice (in 2007 and 2008) and is nominated for Sports City of the Year 2013.
A young prince Charles once competed in the Military Boekelo-Enschede Equestrian Competition; one of the biggest equestrian events in the Netherlands, welcoming over 60.000 visitors each year. It was awarded Worlds Best Military 5 times in the last decade by the riders and welcomes on average 30 Olympic Champions at the start each year. The event is a qualifying round for the Olympics.
The oldest marathon in the Netherlands, and the second oldest of Europe, is the Enschede Marathon. The first edition took place in 1947
Final stage of the Batavierenrace, a footrace relay beginning in Nijmegen, claimed to be the largest relay race in the world, with 8000 participants. Afterwards, the biggest student party in the Netherlands takes place, with over 12,000 visitors!
Enschede is home to the oldest student ice hockey team in the Netherlands: The Slapping Studs.
Home to baseball and softball club the Textown Tigers. The softball team won the European Woman’s Cup in 2010 and 2011.
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