Enschede is a city of knowledge and education. With the University of Twente and ‘Kennispark Twente’ (lt. Knowledge Park Twente), internationally acclaimed for their ability to transfer theoretical knowledge into high end practical applications. A city with Saxion University of Applied Sciences, a conservatory, a pop academy, an international school and an art academy. Epicentre to music and culture in the east of the Netherlands. With a splendid range of shops and boutiques. All centred around the most convivial public square in the Netherlands; de Oude Markt (lt. Old Market Square) that is surrounded by several cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs. Enschede is also home to that fantastic football club, FC Twente!
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.
Touristic tips around Amsterdam
Home to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Museumplein is the cultural beating heart of Amsterdam. Having recently been renovated to a world class standard, the leafy 19th century district of Oud-Zuid is an art lover’s utopia, and the open square between the buildings pulses with activity all day; with open-air exhibitions, markets and a large paddling pool to dip your toes into on warmer days.
Hit the shops around Nine Streets
While many shoppers head straight to the busy chain-store mecca of Kalverstraat, those in the know get their retail therapy at De Negen Straatjes or ‘The Nine Streets’; a quaint warren of cobbled streets that connect the main canals between Leidsegracht and Raadhuisstraat. Here you’ll find over 200 retailers, including a fine selection of independent boutiques, vintage shops and specialty stores selling everything from designer dresses to handmade cosmetics. Find out more about shopping in The Nine Streets.
Visit Anne Frank House
Reflect on the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during World War II at the Prinsengracht house where diarist Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis for two years after feeling persecution in Germany. The front of the house is now a thought-provoking museum but the back annex has been preserved to give an idea of what life was like for Anne and the families she hid with. Waiting times are often lengthy; so visit early in the morning or book online in advance to beat the queues. Find out more about visiting Anne Frank House.
Half day tour (3 hours) Zaanse Schans, windmills, cheese farm
Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point just across from Central Station Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned single deck bus will take you to this destination in just 20 minutes.
The windmill village Zaanse Schans is an open air museum that houses a collection of working windmills, wooden houses, barns and shops dating back to the 18th and 19th Century. All these buildings were brought here from 1961 onwards bringing back to life this most prosperous period of the Zaan region.
In its golden age the Zaan Region developed into an industrial area on a scale never seen before, with 600 active windmills: wooden factories powered by wind. In these small factories many tasks were being executed with the aid of wind energy: wood sawn by machine, grounding spices, oil for food and paint, flower, cocoa powder and many other things.
The prosperity in the 18th and 19th century can be seen in the Zaanse Schans windmill village in several ways. Alongside windmills, barns and other buildings, you will see beautiful houses that were originally built as home to rich windmill owners and merchants. These houses have attractive facades and have been painted in traditional colors such as green, beige and light blue.
At arrival in the village, your guide will take you on an orientation tour of the village. You will visit the clog museum annex wooden shoemaker shop and in the cheese farm you will get to taste Dutch farmer cheese. Then it is time to further explore the village on your own.