Enschede is the largest city in the east of the Netherlands. It has a population of 150,000.
In the old days, Enschede used to be the centre of the textile industry. Nowadays, the textile industry has disappeared. Still, the heritage of the past can be traced back, looking at the villas and larger estates you can find in the Twente area.
The University of Twente, a research university for technical and social sciences, is located in Enschede. It is one of the three technical universities in the Netherlands (besides Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology) and there are plans to merge the three by 2010. Enschede also houses the Saxion Hogeschool Enschede, which is a university for professional education, the International Institute for Aerospace and Earth Sciences (ITC), the national Telematics Institute, a conservatory, and an academy of arts and design.
Enschede is a terminal station of the NS railway network on the west, and of the DB Regionalbahn Westfalen railway network (part of the German Deutsche Bahn) on the east. Two more stations of the latter are in the Netherlands: "Enschede De Eschmarke" and "Glanerbrug". The nearest main town is Gronau, Germany. The nearest large Dutch town is Hengelo (pop. 70,000) which is only eight minutes by train from Enschede. The University of Twente is actually located in between Enschede and Hengelo and also has a train station near its campus for local trains.
Enschede is well-known in the Netherlands (and Europe) for its soccer club "FC Twente". There are several museums in Enschede, among them the Rijksmuseum Twenthe for art, a museum of natural history and one dedicated to the history of the textiles industry.
Enschede has beautiful surroundings. Where the city ends, the characteristic landscape with it woods, tracts of farmland, fens and moor begins. It is ideal for jogging, cycling or walking.”