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You wouldn't expect the ribbon village of Vriezenveen, where a stove museum and a tug-of-war club are the most startling features, to have once been a center of international trade. Yet those Vriezenveners managed to earn their money far beyond the borders in the 18th and 19th centuries.



In St. Petersburg, Russia, these so-called Rusluie founded stores, sewing schools and trading houses. Not bad for a couple of 'peasants from Twente'. If you can tear yourself away from the stove museum in Fini's Hoeve - the owner has collected more than 400 specimens - also take a walk to the Historical Museum. Then you'll learn all about Vriezenveen's Russian relations.


In Vjenne, as residents affectionately call their village, there is not much else exciting to experience. And Vriezeveners don't mind that at all. They are proud of what they do have. A windmill, the sixteenth-century Peddemors farm, the Engbertsdijkvenen, where you can still find living bogs with special flora and fauna, a Veenmuseum... actually quite a lot for a village with less than 14,000 inhabitants.


Look, the village north of Almelo is no St. Petersburg, but we won't be surprised to find some Russian influences. When we sit down on one of the terraces along the six-kilometer-long village street lined with residential houses, stores and cafes, we know what we're ordering. A vodka, of course. Na zdorovje! (Cheers, in case you don't speak Russian).

Cycling and hiking in Vriezenveen

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!