A Day Trip to Enschede, Netherlands and My 1st Dutch Christmas Market | Things to do in Netherlands

January 29, 2019

How to reach Enschede, Netherlands


From Amsterdam, Netherlands


Enschede is 160 Km away from Amsterdam, Netherlands and you can take a Train from Amsterdam Central to reach Enschede. The Intercity express will take you to Enschede from Amsterdam in 2 hours and you can book the tickets at NS. Apart from visiting Amsterdam in Netherlands do visit other Dutch cities and places such as Rotterdam, The Hague, Zaanse Schans, GeithoornEnschede and Utrecht. Enschede is one of the best places to visit in Netherlands and it should be included in your "Things to do in Netherlands" list.


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Enschede City Center


From North Rhine Westphalia, Germany


Enschede is a Dutch city near German border and was the first city captured by German during 2nd World War. Nowadays, the city is welcoming a lot of German students especially who are living in NRW State of Germany as it's included in their semester ticket. If you are not a student in NRW, Germany It's highly recommended to take a NRW day ticket costing Euro 30.50  from Deutsche Bahn and travel unlimited from 9:00 AM to 3:00 AM on weekdays and 6:00 AM to 3:00 AM on weekends.



My wife is a student in NRW state of Germany and she is always going around in the state and also to some Dutch cities like Venlo and Enschede with her semester ticket for free. For me, I have to spend some buck for my trip.


Enschede Train Station


So, we started our journey from Dortmund, Germany. It's almost 2 hours by Regional Train (R.E). When I reached to Enschede train station, I was starving to death so I bought a Donner box from the station and believe me its highly recommended to try this Donner at the train station. It was a nice brunch in affordable price and highly recommended for students and tourists to try.


Walking towards the Enschede City Center


There's also an option of Burger King on the train station. If you are hungry and can’t control your hunger you can easily have something from train station. Right infront of the train station, the amazing Snow Castle was placed and gave you a feel that you are in a Winter Wonderland.



The City


Enschede is a city with modern architecture. It's also a home to lots of Digital Advertising and recruitment agencies like Adecco, Creative Icy and logic4 etc. It's also has 4 Universities including the campus of internationally recognized universities like Saxion University of Applied Sciences. I would highly recommend visiting their campus as well.  


I was totally amazed by the interior and exterior of the University. It's a modern style building with a very difficult architecture from any German University I have visited so far.


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Rijksmuseum Twenthe Museum


My next stop was Rijksmuseum Twenthe Museum. It's in a renovated old factory of textile goods. The Museum starts from the Middle Ages and takes to the whole journey of arts and evolution to the Modern Arts. The museum has a huge collection of contemporary arts. The price of the ticket is Euro 17.50. I have been to Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and already knew about this gem of arts in Enschede. 



If you are music lover - Reis Opera is a place to go. The city offers a magnificent Opera House where you can have unforgettable experience of your life by the performances of different artists. As It was a very sudden plan, so I did not book my tickets in advance but definitely I will go back sometime for attending the Opera in Enschede, Netherlands.


Exploring the City Center of Enschede, Netherlands


Though, the weather was very cold but the sun was shining so I also visited the famous Volkspark in Enschede. I love greenery and it helps me to refresh my mind and brings a new motivation. The small lake is also flowing in the park with bevy of Swans in it. I would suggest you to add this according to the weather. If it’s gloomy and cold, it’s better to spend the time in other places.


Volkspark, Enschede, Netherlands


I walked alongside the park and reached into a residential area. The area was totally depicting the Dutch style houses. It was really difficult for me to tell wether i am in The Hague or in Enschede. Dutch cities have too much similar residential complexes and neighborhoods. Do explore the residential areas in Netherlands during your trip to any Dutch City and explore and get amazed by the wonder of Dutch Architecture.


Shopping in Enschede



The city has an amazing Medieval style narrow streets with a huge old town square in the middle of city center with International brands like H&M, Zara, Primark and also local Dutch brands. If you are living in Germany and want to buy some Dutch brand, it's easy accessible here in Enschede. The small mall is also in the city to provide the indoor shopping experience. The mall was decorated with Christmas themed lights and glass globes. 



There are many nice restaurants and café in the old town offering Dutch food. It would suggest you to go to Pool café The Bridge. It has a snooker table where lots of people are playing and also an amazing ambiance with a view of the old town square from the bridge style sitting area.



Shopping Mall in Enschede, Netherlands


Due to the Christmas festivity, all the streets in the city center are decorated with colored sparkling lights with different themes. One of the streets is with the theme of love with hanging hearts. Another street is with hanging lamps. Another street has decorated the wooden sledge and the sofa with beautiful loved themed sofa.




Good news for ice skating lovers – Welcome to Winter Wonderland. The city has also an Ice Skating Rink where kids and adults enjoy the thrill of skating. For the kids, there's also a snow slide where kids were sliding from the high in a tube.


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Ending Note:


Don’t forget to try Hollander Fries. After exploring the city- it’s a time to go back home.

This is how I spent an amazing day in a Dutch city Enschede.

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