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Hengelo is a full-fledged city in its own right with 80,000 inhabitants, centrally located in green and vibrant Twente and at the intersection of many (inter)national roads, waterways and railway routes. There’s no reason to get bored on a stay in Hengelo. Visit one of the hip boutiques, go for a gastronomic experience or enjoy the arts and culture.

Modern range of shops

The modern city centre has a varied and wide range of shops. National chains stand side by side with many typical Hengelo high-quality shops, guaranteeing shopping pleasure for all types of shoppers. We recommend visiting the local market (every Wednesday and Saturday) on the central square in the inner city. In addition to its lively and modern city centre, Hengelo offers the retail park Plein Westermaat by the A1. This area has a tremendous (regional) appeal and houses several chains that are well worth your visit. Plein Westermaat can be accessed reached via the A1 or by public transport.

A lively offering of bars, restaurants and nightlife

There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and more to visit both during and after your shopping spree in Hengelo, all within walking distance. You’re always welcome to enjoy a bite to eat, a drink, or even have a little dance! In summer time, try the lively outdoor seating areas in the inner city. Or, if the weather isn’t ideal, walk into the many cafés and restaurants. During WinterWorld Twente, the whole of Hengelo gets in the Christmas mood with a Christmas market and a skating rink. Great fun for the passionate ice skaters among us! And for everybody else, there’s also a glühwein (mulled wine) bar.

Most beautiful garden village


A day in Hengelo is a combination of relaxed shopping, a pleasant lunch and ending the day with a delicious dinner. In the cozy city center of Hengelo you will find special stores where you will find something just a little bit different than usual. Wander through the side streets of the Enschedesestraat and discover the characteristic and authentic specialty stores. Just catch your breath after all the shopping or you just feel like it: grab one of the many outdoor cafes for a nice lunch, frothy cappuccino or refreshing drink. In a lovely spot in the sun or on a heated terrace during the colder days, with a lively view of our city's hustle and bustle.

Good food

End the day or with a delicious dinner. There are plenty of choices in Hengelo when it comes to fine dining. Would you like to enjoy culinary delights in a Michelin-starred restaurant, would you rather grab a bite for the day in a (grand) café or go for exotic in one of the foreign cuisines? Whatever you choose in Hengelo personal attention, a cozy atmosphere and hospitality are key.


Tuindorp 't Lansink is Hengelo's best kept secret. Go back in time with a visit to this characteristic neighborhood. A neighborhood with different housing types, courtyards and lots of greenery. A neighborhood that breathes the past. A neighborhood that tells the story of Stork, an entrepreneur who meant a lot to Hengelo. Here you can literally wander through the history of Hengelo.


Hengelo is the event city of Twente. Whether you are a bon vivant or a sports fanatic, a music lover or a social animal, old or young: all year round you can find musical, cultural, exciting and culinary events in and around Hengelo.

What to do?

In Hengelo

Cycling and hiking in Hengelo

Are you in a knot with yourself...aren't you? Well, soon you will be! Because the Twente Cycling Network is a chain of nodes. In Hengelo and its surroundings there are many of them, absolutely worthwhile to cycle through the countryside here. We understand that cycling all the nodes is a bit much, but fortunately you can create your own route. Be creative and enjoy the unique Twente countryside!