‘Walking in a winter wonderland…’ The Christmas-hit comes to live during the month of December in the city of Enschede. From the 10th of December until the 8th of January, the city centre warmly welcomes you to the activities surrounding our favourite holidays.
Come and have a twirl at the traditional ice rink set up on the Oude Markt, the Enschede’s most iconic square, right in the middle of the city centre. And afterwards you can warm yourself up with a nice hot chocolate milk or mulled wine in the ‘Skate Café’ located right next to the ice rink. When the winter darkness sets in, the Oude Markt will lit up with hundreds of Christmas lights.
Love blooms at the Langestraat, aptly renamed ‘the Long Lane of Love’ during the month of December, complete with hugging trees, a love padlock wall and love quotes. Take a seat with you loved one under the mistletoe on the ‘heart-bench’ and share a little holiday love!
The Reindeer family will occupy their usual spot the square in front of city hall at, and they cordially invite you to take a seat in their sleigh for a special Winter Wonderland photo.
But hang on… Is the family complete? Where is Rudy? The youngest of the bunch has quite a mind of his own! You just might run into him on other locations in the city…
New this year is the Christmas Wishing Tree in city hall. Leave your personal wish (or one for someone else) in the tree and you might win one of the four Enschede gift bags (worth € 50,-). One winner will be announced each week.
A new eye catcher during the Winter Wonderland festivities is a 6,5 meter high ‘Twentse Ros’ decorated with 2400 sparkling LED lights. Het Twentse Ros is a white steed, symbolising the region of Twente.
For a complete overview of all the activities during Winter Wonders go to www.winterwonderland.nu (only available in Dutch).
Ten students of het Kottenpark College in Enschede were selected for the final of the Future Young Entrepreneurs project in Berlin, starting this Saturday.
In Berlin, they will be competing with students from Indonesia, Romania, Malawi, India, Germany and Vietnam. At the end of the week, a panel consisting of young entrepreneurs from all over Europe, will decide on the wining team, earning them the title of Best Future Young Entrepreneurs.
To prepare for the challenge, the students developed their knowledge on the subject with theoretical modules on ‘design thinking’, drafting a business plan, intercultural communication and presentation techniques. In an exciting semi-final, they qualified to represent the Netherlands in Berlin.
The competition is funded by the German Goethe Institute and the European Commission. The aim of the project is to stimulate young students in the area of entrepreneurship.
On Friday the 1st of July, in the German city of Essen, a new campaign was launched by the city of Enschede. With the use of a specially designed ‘Enschede’-tram, the goal is to attract more visitors from the German region of Nordrhein Westfalen to the city of Enschede.
The tram will be visible in streets of the city of Essen for at least a year. During the festive launch of the tram, a promotional team from the city of Enschede surprised passers-by with goody-bags and the famous Dutch ‘stroopwafel’. In coordination with the InterCity hotel chain, a giveaway was organised, where people can win a weekend get-away in the city of Enschede.
In addition to the publicity the tram will generate, further exposure will be achieved by focussing on online marketing in the Euregio (the cross-border region between the Netherlands and Germany) and the Nordrhein Westfalen region. The target audience mainly orientates itself online before making a visit to a Dutch city. Furthermore, the campaign includes a direct mailing and providing information to German visitors to the city of Enschede.
Thursday the 16th of June, Hampshire Hotel de Broeierd will get a visit from quite a special employee; Robot Hugo. This 57 cm tall and charming robot is on tour and is making the acquaintance of his colleagues in Enschede. Hampshire Hotels have a special scoop in the Dutch Hotel branche by introducing this hotel-robot. Hugo speaks nineteen different languages, has special facial recognition software, greets visitors and provides assistance at the check-in desk.
For more information, visit the Hampshire Hotel website.
Every first and last Sunday of the month, the shops in the city centre of Enschede are opened from 12:00 till 17:00.
As a welcoming shopping city, Enschede offers the most versatile choice of shops in the eastern Netherlands. The street market attracts a lot of visitors every week from the region and from across the German border. The city centre has a lot to offer for a day of shopping. A pleasant mix of department stores, boutiques and catering establishments. Here you will find everything you need in the area of fashion, gadgets, interior and lifestyle.
In need of a refreshing drink or a bite to eat during your shopping spree? Right in de middle of the city centre you’ll find ‘De Oude Markt’; the most convivial public square in the Netherlands. Surrounding the ‘Grote Kerk’ (lt. the Big Church) are several cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs. During those hot summer days the terraces are quickly occupied by people enjoying the sun and drinks. In the evening the restaurants and bars offer a great place for socializing and enjoying yourself.
Every first Tuesday of the month, the Expat Center Twente organises a traditional Meet & Great for expats, at Café Bar Celona in the city of Enschede. From 17:30 to 19:30 they gather with the international community of Twente. This is the perfect opportunity to network and make new friends! Come and share your experiences!
During the month of December, the shops in the city centre of Enschede are opened every Sunday except for Christmas Sunday. For 2016 the special Christmas shopping Sundays are 4, 11 and 18 December. Additionally, the shops will be open longer on Friday night of the 23rd of December.
Because of the festivities of Sinterklaas (St. Nicolas) most shops will close their doors at 17.00 on Monday the 5th of December.
On Christmas Eve, Saturday the 24th of December, the shops will close at 16.00.
On the 17th and 18th of December one of the hippest shopping streets of Enschede, the Haverstraatpassage will be transformed into a cosy Christmas fair with Santa’s, a Christmas wishing tree and of course the traditional Christmas choirs to complete that warm, winter feel.
Besides stands with products from local shops, you can also get fresh produce, sweets, baked goods, bags, jewellery and Christmas gifts. Got all you Christmas shopping in the bag? Get a nice cup of hot chocolate or soup to warm up.
Kids can get their faces painted, do crafts or participate in a Christmas quest. There will also be a special Christmas wishing tree where you can leave a wish in exchange for a small donation for a good cause!
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The Korte Hengelosestraat, the Zuiderhagen and the Walstraat are all small streets that follow the former lay-out of the city. In these streets you can enjoy a lovely stroll along the dozens of specialist shops and boutiques, some of which have continued to exist from generation to generation. These streets are well worth a visit for their authentic atmosphere.