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Diepenheim is also affectionately known as het stedeke (a Dutch colloquial form of “the little city”). The stately homes Huis te Diepenheim, Nijenhuis, Westerflier and Warmelo, including their adjoining estates, hold an important position in Diepenheim’s history. They are inhabited, but the adjoining estates are freely accessible. And most certainly worth a visit!


The Zes Kastelen Fietsroute (Six Castles Cycling Route) includes these estates, as well as those of the Weldam and Wegdam estates, located just outside of Diepenheim. The route can be purchased at the Tourist Office (VVV) and in the webshop.

Art and Culture

In addition to its stately homes, art is incredibly important for het stedeke. There is an internationally-renowned contemporary drawing centre, called the Drawing Centre. The many galleries, the Art Association and its workshop and the Diepenheim garden all play their part as well! Tip: ask the Tourist Office (VVV) about a guided art walk. Other attractions are the gristmill Den Haller and the Nieuwe Haghuis Oranjemuseum (referring to the Dutch royal house, the House of Orange).

On the first Sunday of the month, visit Heerlijcke Markt in the centre of Diepenheim. The stalls offer a wide-ranging assortment of creative, hand-made and sustainable products. The shops and galleries will also be open. In October, Diepenheim is all about Kunstmoment (art moment): an impressive, high-end and incredibly varied mixture of artistic expressions in and around Diepenheim, featuring a peripheral programme with music, theatre and workshops.



To add to the fairy-tale atmosphere, Diepenheim and its surroundings are also bursting with castles and estates. The nobleborn here just walk around in the wild, so who knows, you might meet your prince(s) on the white horse. Or on a bicycle, because there are very tactical bicycle routes along six castles: Weldam, Wegdam, Westerflier, Warmelo, Nijenhuis and Huis te Diepenheim.


Diepenheim is a source of inspiration for many artists. Not surprisingly, you will stumble across galleries, studios and antique stores here. There's even a drawing center and an art walk. Diepenheim's highlight: the Kunstmoment. With a capital K. An eleven-day cultural festival in the autumn vacations. You won't escape a dose of art every first Sunday of the month either. The Heerlijcke Markt in the heart of Diepenheim is then full of stalls selling creative, artisanal and sustainable products.


Psst, don't tell anyone, Diepenheim may be a town, but if Wikipedia is to be believed, it never officially received city rights. The lords of Diepenheim in the Middle Ages bombed their "seigniory" (the territory they had authority over) into a town. No matter, we continue to believe in fairy tales.

Cycling and hiking in Diepenheim

Once you hit the road, you'll never want to do anything else. Fortunately, we have 6000 km of unique walking routes and 2500 km of cycling routes waiting for you; that will keep you busy for a while. Whether you take a short route or a multi-day route, you will always be captivated by Twente's landscape. Walk, bike, mountain bike or ride through the scenic countryside and beautiful nature. Meet people and experience the coziness of Twente. Good goan!