Enschede is the municipality and city in the eastern Netherlands in the province of Overijssel, in the Twente region, with 160 .000 inhabitants. This green city is surrounded by nature and is an excellent place for cycling, walking, or horseback riding. Enschede borders Germany, being only a few kilometers away from that country.
In former times Enschede was a major centre of the textile industry, but now it is a university city with a vibrant nightlife. In 2003 Enschede was named the greenest city in Holland.
Enschede has some great places to shop. Indeed it is thought by many to be the best shopping in the east of the Netherlands. There is a weekly market which sells a wide and interesting array of goods and product. As well as the many locals that visit the market, there are also many visitors from the nearby border with Germany.
The “HJ van Heekplein” square in city center, has a good selection of both large and small shops, as well as some major retailers. If you are looking for something a bit more off beat, some of the smaller back streets contain many interesting artisan stores and boutiques. The “Old Market” area has a beautiful terrace, where there are many good cafes and restaurants.
The train to Amsterdam offers a frequent and direct service and it takes around 2 hrs to get there. Enschede also has a good train service to Dortmund and Munster in Germany. There are also frequent fast trains to Rotterdam and The Hague.